Manoj is not ‘sensational’ by nature
Actor Manoj Bajpayee’s (left) next film is based on the much-debated life story of professor Ramchandra Siras, who was suspended from his job because of his sexual orientation. The actor says that the makers have not sensationalised Siras’ story in the film. The 46-yearold adds that the film’s director, Hansal Mehta, has been very responsible while making the film based on the sensitive story of a wronged professor, whose privacy was threatened by some sections of the society.
“Neither me nor Hansal are sensational by nature. We are people who believe in taking responsibility for the story and doing full justice to it. This is what our endeavor has been. Hansal is known to take his stand on many political and social issues. So, it was a very smooth journey for us in this film,” says Bajpayee.
“We wanted to make a great film out of it. And not for a second we thought that we were making a film on homosexuality. We always thought we were making a film on somebody who deserved much more than what he got from the society,” he adds.
Bajpayee says that the film is about Siras’ journey and his fight for privacy, which is his constitutional right. “He is a reluctant rebel. In the film, he doesn’t want to get out and fight with anybody. There is just one small thing (privacy) that he is not getting from society. He fought his case in the High Court and got the judgment in his favour,” he says.
Taking on the lead role in a sensitive film was not a tough decision to make for the actor, as he considers himself fearless. “I am by nature a very fearless person. When there is a good script, I don’t think twice about taking up the project. The fact that Hansal was directing the film made it easier for me, as I have known him for 20 years. He started his career with me in Dil Pe Mat Le Yaar,” says Bajpayee. “Hansal is a delight to work with, as he gives his actors enough scope to express themselves. He lets you be and do your own stuff,” he adds.