‘I al­ways called my­self suc­cess­ful’

Says Manoj Ba­j­payee, sat­is­fied with how his ca­reer took shape

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Suc­cess is rel­a­tive, says ac­tor Manoj Ba­j­payee (above), who has al­ways been proud of his work ever since he en­tered the film in­dus­try al­most two decades back. The 46-year-old, who started his ca­reer with the TV show, Swab­hi­man, says he has al­ways been sat­is­fied with his ca­reer graph.

“Some peo­ple are happy with R20, oth­ers ` R20 crore to stay happy. Suc­cess and hap­pi­ness are rel­a­tive (con­cepts). I was so happy that I got a chance to act that it be­came my suc­cess This is why I al­ways called my­self suc­cess­ful. I feel that I’m blessed to be a part of this (act­ing) pro­fes­sion,” he says.

Ba­j­payee, whose short film, Jai Hind, re­ceived a lot of ap­pre­ci­a­tion, says he wants to make more films in the for­mat. “The short film in­dus­try is only go­ing to get big­ger. I al­ways wanted to be a part of it, but I never got the chance. Now, I won’t stop with just one film. I’ll do many more,” he says.

Ba­j­payee adds that short films are more chal­leng­ing. “I feel that they’re as tough or some­times even more than a full-length film. You have to shoot the en­tire thing in just two days and say a lot (more) in just a few min­utes. The for­mat makes you work harder,” says the ac­tor, adding: “Also, so­cial media is a rage now, another rea­son be­hind these films do­ing well. As for Jai Hind, the film was very dif­fer­ent and that at­tracted many peo­ple to­wards it.”

Mean­while, Ba­j­payee is open to tak­ing up a smallscreen pro­ject. “I only look for in­ter­est­ing projects, they can be on TV as well. I don’t let money be the cri­te­ria for me to take on work, as things get bor­ing then,” he says.

Suc­cess and hap­pi­ness is rel­a­tive. I was so happy that I got a chance to act that it be­came my suc­cess The short film in­dus­try is only go­ing to get big­ger now. I al­ways wanted to be a part of those films, but never got the chance

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