Manoj Bajpayee is one of the most versatile actors we have in the industry today. His films may not necessarily make a cut into the 100 crore club, but his performances get noticed by the critics and the fans.
However, in a recent interview, he admitted that he feels sad that acting is considered as the easiest profession in India.
Bajpayee, who is all geared up for his upcoming film Aiyaary said that it may look glamorous and fun on the screen, but getting into the prosthetics is a tedious and torturous process. Talking about the same, he said,
“If you are doing prosthetics then it is physically very torturous. It is mentally exhausting at times, especially when you do films like Aligarh and Gali Guliyan. Only a loonie guy can afford to go through that (referring to pain) again and again. We actors are known as loonies. To go through somebody else’s pain and feel that pain and misery for two months is not an easy thing. That is why I always say acting is the most difficult thing in the world, and sadly in our country, it is taken as the most easy thing.”
The film is about the relationship between a mentor and his protege and Bajpayee says throughout his life, he had great mentors, beginning theatre director Barry John, who showed faith in him even though he was rejected twice by the National School of Drama. He added,
“When I was in Mumbai, (I was) running pillar to post for work, losing out on projects one after the other. I was dejected. Then you find (director) Mahesh Bhatt. Then Ram Gopal Varma gave me opportunity of lifetime in the form of Satya (1998). It feels great when people think you are unique, it works like a magic potion for the person who is looking for work.”
After going through a lot of struggle, the 48-year-old actor says he understands what it means to a newcomer to have an experienced person show conviction in his work. Aiyaary features experienced actors like Naseeruddin Shah, Anupam Kher, and Adil Hussain, and the Aligarh actor said Shah came fully prepared on the sets.
“… I just had to look at him (Shah), it was a masterclass for me. There is no age where you cannot learn. He is somebody who has inspired me. Actors like him, Om Puri have changed the face of the Indian cinema. Adil was doing theatre when I was also doing it, so we come from the same time period.”
Bajpayee points out that so women go bersek looking at the Student of the Year actor and that’s the power he has, which actors like him lack. “We have a fan following of a different kind, people don’t go crazy looking at us. That’s the kind of thing that either you are born with it or not. I don’t even envy it.”