‘NEVER EX­PECTED MY DI­A­LOGUES TO BE­COME FA­MOUS’

Ac­tor Manoj Ba­j­payee says he doesn’t know what he does to make these di­a­logues so iconic

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MANOJ BA­J­PAYEE, AC­TOR

Ye Wassey­pur hai...ya­han kabu­tar bhi doosre ke pankh se apna iz­zat bachata hai...” (Gangs of Wassey­pur, 2012). Along with his hard-hit­ting per­for­mances, ac­tor Manoj Ba­j­payee (right) is known for pow­er­ful di­a­logues which re­main etched in peo­ple’s minds. When asked about this, he says,“I re­ally don’t know, what it is that I do which makes them fa­mous. Hon­estly, it’s not just me who should get all the credit. There are other fac­tors which make it iconic. It is a com­ing to­gether of writ­ing, di­rec­tion and per­for­mance, that makes it so. And some­times, it’s just about luck.”

Re­call­ing some of his most fa­mous di­a­logues as Bhiku Martre (Satya, 1998) to Sar­dar Khan (Gangs of Wassey­pur), Manoj adds, “The Bhiku Ma­tre di­a­logue (Bam­bai ka Don Kaun, Bhiku Ma­tre) was de­liv­ered in the most unas­sum­ing man­ner. Sar­dar Khan’s di­a­logue (Keh Ke Lunga) was de­liv­ered in the most lethar­gic way, be­cause a hus­band was talk­ing to his wife at night. Then the Ra­jneeti di­a­logue (Karara Jawab Mi­lega) – I re­mem­ber it was part of a speech which was about 10-15 lines. I worked on it overnight, be­cause I had to act it out the next day. While I was do­ing that in front of the cam­era, I was go­ing through the lines in my head.”

Manoj, who was seen in the re­cently re­leased film Naam Sha­bana, is “be­wil­dered” by this pop­u­lar­ity. “I am an ac­tor, and my job is to de­liver the di­a­logues in the best pos­si­ble way. You do your job, you work on the in­tent be­hind the di­a­logues. Af­ter the film is re­leased, you come to know that some of your di­a­logues have be­come a rage ev­ery­where. It be­wil­ders me as to what I do that make them this pop­u­lar,” he laughs.

There are fac­tors which make it iconic. It is a com­ing to­gether of writ­ing, di­rec­tion and per­for­mance, that makes it so

PHOTO: AMAL KS/HT

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