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I need to be used more for difficult, challenging roles: Manoj Bajpayee

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Bajpayee has an enviable body of work but the still yearns to do good roles as he believes filmmakers in are yet to fully tap his potential as a performer.

Bajpayee is happy that independent cinema actors like him are getting appreciation from both the film industry and the audience.

"... I feel I need to be used for difficult and challenging roles more often. I am not used to the fullest of my ability. So to use myself as an actor, I need to work with new and good directors," he told in an interview.

"Instead of me looking for a director, they should look for me, which is not happening frequently. If the experienced directors are not looking at me as an actor, then I have to look for new directors. I have made an effort to find good directors. I want roles to find me and that has to happen frequently."

Actors such as Irrfan Khan, and and Bajpayee have increasingly become popular in mainstream cinema but Bajpayee believes star system will always be there.

"Those mainstream stars will always be there. But the strive is to co-exist and that is happening, it is becoming stronger and stronger and these (independent) films are slowly and slowly consolidating their place in the industry, which was completely absent earlier.

"There used to be so much resistance to these films and actors but today they are respected. And this year even at the mainstream award ceremonies independent cinema actors won awards."

He hopes this change keeps on growing so that there is a healthy existence of both kind of cinemas in the industry.

"Earlier more of commercial cinema was being made, now you have independent cinema. Today all kind of actors are doing well, from to to and Irrfan, Nawazuddin, Rajkummar or "

Bajpayee believes his "Aks" co-star and megastar is the to witness a huge fan following.

"...That kind of mass hysteria was there for him then and even now across all age groups. Earlier there was a certain kind of mystery about the stars and he was the last one to see it.

"So that kind of privacy is gone, with it all went away as he had opened up himself to everybody. Today stars and actors are available anywhere and everywhere, be it at a mall or store launch or on TV shows. The mystery about a star is no longer there."

Bajpayee is currently awaiting the release of his next film "Aiyaary", which will be out in theatres on February 16.

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First Published: Mon, February 12 2018. 15:15 IST