Manoj is not ‘sen­sa­tional’ by na­ture

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Entertainment -

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.

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