Bollywood Snipets

From anti-hero to trailblazer: Manoj Bajpayee

For Bajpayee the biggest proof of a visible shift is that films like Aligarh and Newton are adequately mentored and equally appreciated by the audiences

Manoj Bajpayee on playing a middle class father, his forthcoming Rukh, working with younger filmmakers and finding new ways of storytelling.

Ever since he can remember, Manoj Bajpayee wanted to be an actor. His mother tells him stories of how when the family would gather to watch films at home she would invariably notice the toddler on her lap quietly smiling at the screen. “This is my purpose,” recounts the actor who as a young boy had wanted to be “someone like Amitabh Bachchan who just comes on the screen and mesmerises.”

It was from there that an interest in cinema at large had steadily started to grow. The young Bajpayee would be frequently found devouring whichever film was being shown at the local cinema. He remembers watching older classics like Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam (1962), Hunterwali (1935), Aag (1948), Awara (1951) and Jagte Raho (1956) and recalls being deeply affected by some of the performances in them. It was this early love for the medium that eventually drove him to his vocation.

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Source: The Hindu

I want to essay characters starkly different from each other, says Richa Chadha

The actor speaks about road tripping with Kalki Koechlin and building a varied portfolio of roles.

Chadha believes that the past couple of years have been good for female actors | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

Two strangers with the same name embark on a life changing road trip in picturesque Sweden and become best of friends. While the subject of friends on road trips may not be as novel, the fact that Jia aur Jia is based on two women undertaking a journey is probably a first in Bollywood. With this film, Richa Chadha and Kalki Koechlin hope to break the stereotypes surrounding female friendships and bonding. There’s conflict when Chadha’s Jia Venkatram, an uptight banker meets Kalki Koechlin’s Jia, a go-with-the-flow girl. Their personalities are as different as chalk and cheese but when thrown together, they bond and become friends.

Both Koechlin and Chadha have known each other professionally (they have worked on the play, Trivial Disaster) and personally for many years, translating into an easy on-screen camaraderie. Their mutual love for travelling, exploring a new place and local cuisine made the film relatable for the duo. “My character is very sorted. She is a businesswoman but due to some setbacks, she is clinically depressed. She has some secrets from the past and there is a lot of pent-up anger in her. She is very different from what I am in real life,” says Chadha adding that most of the characters she has played on screen are not relatable. “Ninety percent of the time, you will not be able to relate to the characters you play. I just go with the script and the director’s vision and [don’t] apply method acting,” says the actor who has played a bossy girl in Fukrey (2013), an angry old housewife in Gangs of Wasseypur(2012) and a celebrity cricket team owner in the Amazon Prime show, Inside Edge (which will have its second innings soon) among her noteworthy performances.

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Source: The Hindu

Story By Keerti