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'We Are Back To Square One' Manoj Bajpayee Feels Sad Because Of The Resurgence Of Covid



Manoj Bajpayee is an extraordinary actor and has won the hearts of many people with his presence on OTT. 

He has impressed the audience through his performances in his projects like The Family Man, Suraj Pe Mangal Bhari, and Silence... Can You Hear It?

In an exclusive interview with TOI, he said, “It’s quite humbling. It’s been quite an amazing journey, starting with ‘The Family Man’ to ‘Silence...'--all of the projects that I have been a part of, have been enjoying massive success. And you know, it not only leaves me speechless and overwhelmed but also with a lot of thankfulness for the audience and for the directors who chose me for these parts.” 

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He expressed his stance on how OTT has changed him as an actor, he said, “I am still the same actor that I have always been. I still work on the script and character. Preparation is something that I completely focus on. There’s no compromise. I am still the same actor who always follows the vision of the director. I am still the same person who always feels lucky and grateful that he is still here and is still so relevant. People are watching my projects and watching my work so you know, I am still the same actor, the same person. Nothing has changed. I don’t think anything will change about me as a person or as an actor.” 

“Well, there’s a policy that OTT will self-regulate, which, I think, is much better than having somebody to sensor creative projects which they might be completely unaware about. It will be better if there is some kind of an understanding between the OTT and creative people, as then, eventually, they will be able to find a common ground to agree on. I am completely in favor of giving 18+ or 16+ or 7+ ratings to categorizing films rather than having censorship. With OTT having its own regulatory body, it will not harm a creative product much. That’s what I think at this point unless OTT becomes completely nervous about all the products that they are putting on their platform,” he added.

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On being asked whether or not he missed the euphoria of theatres, he said, “Definitely. You can’t replace the collective viewing that only theatres provide. My film, ‘Suraj Pe Mangal Bhari’, was the first to have released in theatres with 50 percent capacity. All of us were very much concerned but if we won't go ahead and release, then who else would? We decided we’ll do it. And ‘Suraj Pe Mangal Bhari’ ran for more than 100 days. The exhibitors were quite kicked about keeping a film there. Yes, the footfall was not too big but it started picking up and the same people coming in and enjoying the film. Then the film went on OTT and has done remarkably well. People are still watching it. I am personally sad and disappointed that because of the resurgence we have come back to square one. But once the situation of the pandemic gets better, I know that people will be going back to theatres. It’s a different experience altogether from watching it on a big television.” 

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After all, he is a great actor and we love seeing him on screen performing. What do you think? Let us know in the comments section below.

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