Manoj Bajpayee talks about Aligarh

globalmovie     16 Mar,2016         No Comment

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How excited are you about Aligarh?

I am excited about this movie, because I don’t do any film and every film. So every film becomes very important to me. And Aligarh is more important because I am playing a 64 year-old-man and somebody who’s completely different from the world I have come from. The film says about the right to privacy, which is very close to my heart. Hansal Mehta and me are coming together after almost 17 years.

What are your expectations from this film?

I would like it if more and more people watch this film and that they should learn about this wonderful person’s life. They should know that society can be quite cruel to each other. We should learn that we may differ from each other but still we should live harmoniously.

Did you feel any discomfort playing this role?

No. I’m an actor and I’m not judgmental about the roles I play. I was excited by the journey of this old man and his fight for the justice. This character was a challenge for me and I was excited to take it up.

What sort of research have you done for your role?

You don’t have to go anywhere to do research any more. Everything is available on the internet. I did 15 days of workshop in my own house. I spent 2-3 days in Bareilly. I got completely into Dr Siras’s skin. I was living his life. People are appreciating my role so I’m very happy. This film is creating lot of debate, which is fantastic. This film isn’t just a film, it has gone beyond that. It’s leading a movement.

You have worked with Hansal Mehta before. What is your equation with him?

Hansal and I have been friends for the last 22 years. We made Dil Pe Mat Le Yaar together but I knew him well even before that. I’ve done a television serial with him before. Even today, we meet 2 – 3 times a week even if we are not making a film together. In these years, Hansal has evolved tremendously as a director. I am so proud of his growth.

How was the experience of working with Rajkummar Rao?

I appreciate Rajkummar as an actor and as a human. I pray that he continues to work even better. He should get full justice and credit and continue to get work. He is a very good actor and a gem of a person.

Which directors would you like to work with?

I have worked with quite a few directors and know many more even though we’ve not worked together. Anurag Kashyap is my favourite. I love him, admire him and simply adore him. I’ve known Imtiaz Ali since many years. Vishal Bhardwaj is my good friend. I could not do Haider because I was busy with Tevar. I would like to work with him and Imtiaz.

What are your upcoming projects?

I have Saat Uchakke up for release. Missing which I have co-produced with Tabu is also coming soon. Traffic is also an amazing film. I wonder why it is getting delayed.

Are you content with your life?

Not content but happy with my life. All I want is to keep on working and get good assignments throughout my life.

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