His power-packed performances in Satya, Shool and Gangs of Wasseypur may have made Manoj Bajpai a name to reckon with but the actor says he is still far away from being called a “celebrity” as his films do not create fan frenzy or collect 100 crore at the box office.
The 44-year-old actor does not find himself fitting in the “star” image but he has been delivering hits in the commercial space of Bollywood with films like “Raajneeti” and “Special 26”.
“I don’t boast that I am a star. I am nothing in front of a star. A star can bring in huge collections, create fan frenzy… I don’t do that kind of movies to have a fan following. I am not a celebrity but a mere actor trying to justify his acting skills,” Bajpai told PTI .
The actor shot to fame by playing the anti-hero Bhikhu Mhatre and went on to win two National awards for Satya and Pinjar in 1994 and 2004 respectively.
But, he suffered a slump after that, only to find a resurrection in Prakash Jha directed Raajneeti in 2010. Bajpai has no regrets about getting a late recognition for his talent and has reconciled himself to the fickle nature of film industry.
“People look for opportunities to run you over. Despite winning two National Awards and doing some good work… I still had to face bad time but the thing is you cannot evade it. So the important thing is to not get bogged down and enjoy,” Bajpai added.
Bajpai’s upcoming movie Satyagraha, again directed by Jha, is another much-awaited performance from him. He plays a comical-villain named Balram Singh in the Amitabh Bachchan starrer political thriller.
Through the uprising of the middle class against a corrupt and unjust system, the film somewhere tries to portray today’s India. “Our job is to show a movie which in some ways touches people’s senses. We don’t make movies to start a movement amongst people, that is not our work to do. (PTI)