‘DON’T MIND RE­PEAT­ING PRO­FES­SIONS’

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Sa­marth Goyal

Ac­tor Manoj Ba­j­payee isn’t both­ered about the pro­fes­sion of the char­ac­ter he plays in any film — never mind if he ear­lier played a dif­fer­ent char­ac­ter with the same pro­fes­sion.

The 47-year-old ac­tor, who plays the role of Ran­vir Singh, an in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cer, in the re­cent re­lease Naam Sha­bana, isn’t averse to “re­peat­ing pro­fes­sions”.

He says, “I don’t mind play­ing two in­spec­tors back to back. Why? Be­cause I’m not play­ing a pro­fes­sion. I’m play­ing a char­ac­ter. The per­sons are dif­fer­ent. One may be an hon­est cop, and the other one could be a dirty, bribe-taker cop. They are com­pletely dif­fer­ent char­ac­ters. That’s why I don’t mind re­peat­ing pro­fes­sions.”

The Gangs of Wassey­pur ac­tor is only in­ter­ested in “the char­ac­ter’s per­son­al­ity”, re­gard­less of the pro­fes­sion or re­li­gion. The char­ac­ter “is what I think is im­por­tant”, says Ba­j­payee. “How does it mat­ter if the char­ac­ter is a Mus­lim or a Catholic?”

Ba­j­payee, a mul­ti­ple-award­win­ning ac­tor, be­lieves that pre­par­ing for a role is the tough­est job for an ac­tor. He says, “I need to know what goes on in­side [the char­ac­ters’] mind and their body. For me, pre­par­ing for a role is tougher than act­ing in front of the cam­era. When I’m sure that I have pre­pared for my role, I can chill af­ter that.”

The time for prep work de­pends on the depth and com­plex­ity of the char­ac­ter. Ba­j­payee says, “For in­stance, for Ran­veer’s role, I took 15 days to pre­pare. But for a role like Sar­dar Khan in Gangs [of Wassey­pur] or for the role in Ali­garh (2016), it took al­most a month.”

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