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Manoj Bajpayee in Aap Ki Adalat: ‘Asaram Bapu followers should first watch my movie,’ actor tells Rajat Sharma

Manoj Bajpayee in Aap Ki Adalat: ‘Asaram Bapu followers should first watch my movie,’ actor tells Rajat Sharma


Manoj Bajpayee shall be seen in the upcoming movie Sirf Ek Bandaa Kaafi Hai. The trailer of the movie has garnered controversy for being impressed by Asaram Bapu’s case. Now, when the proficient actor graced Aap Ki Adalat, he appealed to the followers of the jailed godman Asaram Bapu to watch his movie first, earlier than opposing its launch. “Please see my film first, I think, you will change your opinion”, Bajpayee advised India TV Chairman and Editor-In-Chief Rajat Sharma. The movie encompasses a courtroom drama in which the star acts as a lawyer, preventing in opposition to a godman accused of raping a minor. Asaram Bapu is at present serving a life sentence, and his charitable belief has appealed to the courtroom to ban the screening of the movie, describing it as ‘extremely objectionable’ and ‘defamatory’.

When Rajat Sharma requested what’s going to occur if a boycott name is given, Manoj Bajpayee replied: ” “Bahut achha hai, zyada lok aayenge dekhne ke liye” (It will be better, more people will come and watch the movie). When asked about the controversy over the trailer, and Asaram Bapu’s men have sent legal notice, Bajpayee replied: “I do not know why they filed a case. We did not identify anyone (in the film)”. 

Manoj Bajpayee mentioned: ‘This film (Sirf Ek Banda Kaafi Hai) is considered one of my greatest movies. Do watch it.”  It is directed by Apoorv Singh Kharki and Bajpayee performs the position of advocate P. C. Solanki. 

When requested by Rajat Sharma whether or not it was he who determined who will direct the film, Bajpayee replied:  “Look, most of the things do not happen because of me. It’s the producer who decides. I told the producers, Vinod Bhanushali and Suparna Verma, I liked the story, but who will direct it? They said you decide. They also said you decide who the writer will be. Director Apporv Singh Kharki is a young man who did a good show on YouTube.”

Manoj Bajpayee: I’ll do 50 movies in subsequent 10 years 

Manoj Bajpayee earlier mentioned that he wished to make cash and intends to do 50 films in the following ten years. Talking about the identical, the actor mentioned: “Ab Bahut Din Ho Gaye Bhookmari Ke (I have endured too many days of starvation). The good thing is,  my movies don’t take more than 40 days to complete. ‘Sirf Ek Banda Kaafi Hai’ was done in 35 days. ‘Gulmohar’ took 34 days to complete. Others who make big films take 70-80 days to 100-150 days. My movies are mostly story-based and character-centric. Others make good money by making movies in 100 days, I earn in 40 days. It’s sufficient for my living. ‘Paisa zyada ho toh kitna zyada pata nahin, uska toh koi definition nahin, lekin kam paisa ka zaroor definition hai”. (There is not any definition for large earnings, however much less cash has a definition)

Manoj Bajpayee on his anger and quarrels

Manoj Bajpayee spoke about his quarrels with varied producers and administrators. “I did not speak to Anurag Kashyap for 11 years, but the reason was different. Once he became angry. It was he who ran, and I followed him to give him a beating.” When Rajat Sharma reminded him that “you also once ran after Tigmanshu Dhulia carrying a brick”, Manoj replied, “Ab chhodiye…Jawaani ki kuch galtiyan, uske baare me kya baat karen (Forget it please, why to speak about my mistakes when I was young)”

Rajat Sharma additionally reminded Manoj Bajpayee’s incident when he rang up director Hansal Mehta from the US and showered abuses on him after which the duo did not communicate for six years. The actor mentioned, “Ji Sahi Hai. Sweekar Hai. Maafi Maangta Hoon. (Yes, I admit. I apologize)”

Talking about Anubhav Sinha, Rajat Sharma requested, “You abused him when you were offered only Rs 2000 per episode?” Top this, Manoj Bajpayee mentioned, “Let me describe. Anubhav Sinha was doing a serial. I was to work as a dumb right-hand henchman of a mafia gang leader. It was the role of a dumb. The producer promised to pay Rs 4000 per episode. I did four episodes and the amount came to Rs 16,000. That was in 1993 when I hardly had money for my living. I went to the producer, and he said, he was fooled. This was the role of a dumb and I had no dialogues to deliver. Why should Rs 4000 per episode be paid? I told him, one has to toil a lot to do the role of a dumb. He said I’ll pay you only Rs 1,500 because you had no dialogue. I told him keep this money with you, consider this as my donation. I threw his cheque in his office and walked out. I rang up Anubhav Sinha. He said, he is the producer, what can I do? I became angry, and told him, you are my good friend but  you did not take a stand for me.”

Manoj Bajpayee’s midnight name to Naseeruddin Shah

Manoj Bajpayee revealed how he rang up veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah in the nighttime to reward his appearing, and mentioned, “Naseer Bhai, I Love You, Sir”.  “For me, Naseer Saab is like the God of Acting. I love his acting when I watch his movies. Once, after drinks with my friends, I rang him after watching one of his movie scenes. To express my love. When I said, I love you Sir, he replied: “Manoj Miyan, Kitna Pee Chuke Ho?” (Manoj, how many pegs have you taken?),” he added.

When Tabu, Katrina Kaif touched Manoj Bajpayee’s ft

Manoj Bajpayee recounted how Tabbu as soon as touched his ft at a movie set. “This was Tabbu’s style of showing her appreciation. And Katrina Kaif did the ultimate. She touched my feet in front of the full media…She was so glad, overwhelmed, for working with me (in Rajneeti). We do not have a single scene together. She loved my performance. She felt very glad.”

When requested how he reacted when Katrina Kaif touched his ft, the actor mentioned, “Thodi Sharmindagee Hui. Itni sundar heroine, woh aakar pair chhoo rahi hai aapke. Woh pahle hi aap buzurgwaar ho gaye  (I felt shy. Such a beautiful heroine touching my feet. She made me feel like an old man too soon).”

Manoj Bajpayee danced at ‘Ghumghroo’ disco with SRK

Manoj Bajpayee disclosed how as soon as Shah Rukh Khan, throughout his theatre days, took him to the Ghungroo discotheque in Hotel Maurya Sheraton in Delhi. “I joined Shah Rukh and his friends. There was this South Delhi crowd there, smoking costly cigarettes and I was smoking the best ‘beedi’. I was wearing a chappal. Soon Shah Rukh arranged a pair of shoes for me, and I went inside. That was my first visit to a disco lit beautifully in the dark. So, a man from a village had the first chance to watch a disco with Shahrukh and his friends.”

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