Manoj is­sues chal­lenge: Cre­ative minds can’t be bent or bro­ken by threats

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Protests and at­tacks on films that es­pouse the lib­eral or di­ver­gent mind­set and against direc­tors and ac­tors who voice their opin­ions on sen­si­tive top­ics, doesn’t seem to have rat­tled Ba­j­payee. The Aiyaary ac­tor be­lieves film­mak­ers are born rebels, un­de­terred by op­po­si­tion from fam­ily and so­ci­ety alike.

“I don’t think any cre­ative per­son would be fear­ful enough to stop mak­ing films just be­cause some hooli­gans have be­come a prob­lem. They will not. Cre­ative per­sons have cho­sen this field by re­volt­ing against the norms of the so­ci­ety. They have been re­bel­lious since their child­hood,” Ba­j­payee as­serts.

“Their par­ents may have wanted them to be­come some­thing else, do­ing a nor­mal 9 to 6 job, but they opted for uncer­tain world of the cinema. So they are used to protests, they are used to ob­struc­tions, used to re­stric­tions,” he rea­sons. “You can­not bend or break them. I don’t know of a sin­gle film or form of art that has been aban­doned due to protests or op­po­si­tion,” adds Ba­j­payee, known for stel­lar per­for­mances in hard-hit­ting films such as Satya (1998), Shool (1999), Gangs of Wassey­pur (2012).

The ac­tor, whose lat­est film, the Devashish Makhi­jadi­rected Bhon­sle, had its first look un­veiled at the on­go­ing Cannes Film Fes­ti­val, is op­ti­mistic about the future of in­de­pen­dent cinema in In­dia. “You can see the pres­ence of In­dian in­de­pen­dent film­mak­ers and their films all over the world in var­i­ous in­ter­na­tional film fes­ti­vals. It is amaz­ing. The way it has been grow­ing mul­ti­fold and in leaps and bounds, it has been amaz­ing,” the 49-year-old says.

“I re­ally feel that in a new place like Cannes, new film­mak­ers from In­dia, [with films in] different lan­guages, should come to­gether and show their pres­ence, show their strength,” Ba­j­payee says, adding, “And also tell the world that the In­dian film in­dus­try is not only about song and dance, but also about very strong con­tent, and has lots of cre­ative film­mak­ers.”

Ba­j­payee does not rule out di­rect­ing a film at some stage, but at present, he is fo­cused on just act­ing. “At this point of time, there are some great char­ac­ters and good roles to be per­formed, so my mind is just fo­cused on the act­ing.”

PHOTO: SHIVAM SAX­ENA/HT

Manoj Ba­j­payee’s Bhon­sle had its first look un­veiled at the on­go­ing Cannes Film Fes­ti­val

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