Anurag, Manoj reunite over beer!


By Hindustan Times

Mumbai, June 24 -- Manoj Bajpai insists that Anurag Kashyap has always been like a younger brother to him. And points out that he was the one who took Kashyap to Ram Gopal Varma. The introduction resulted in three great scripts - Satya (1998), Kaun (1999) and Shool (1999). "And then, because of some misunderstanding on his part, we drifted away," sighs the actor. "I kept in touch via SMSes, letting him know I'd liked his work, every time a Dev D (2009) or a Gulaal (2009) released."

Then, a month ago, at around 10 pm, as Bajpai was preparing to go to bed, he was surprised by a call from Kashyap. The writer-director wanted to narrate a story to him and invited him over.

"I went across to find him drinking beer. I joined him. He started his story. By the end of it, we were both drunk. I hugged him emotionally and asked him when we could start work on the film," reminisces Bajpai. Buzz is that the film called Gangs Of Wasseypur revolves around the local mafia in the coal mines of Dhanbad and other coal belts.

Kashyap, whose Dev D was a contemporary adaptation of Sarat Chandra Chatterjee's classic novel, Devdas, is supposedly reworking Mario Puzo's bestseller, The Godfather. Bajpai will essay the role of Don Corleone played by Marlon Brando in Francis Ford Coppola's Oscar-winning movie, in a 'desi' set-up.

Quiz Bajpai on this and he insists that Gangs Of Wasseypur is nothing like The Godfather films or even the run-of-the-mill gangster movies. "This one is about the local mafia in a small town and, in true Anurag style, will treat the oft-repeated theme in an interestingly innovative way," promises Bajpai, who adds that he's glad the misunderstanding, that kept them apart for years, has been cleared.

Prod him on his big boss role and he says, "All I can tell you is that I'll probably be the senior-most actor on the sets, given that the rest of the cast will be largely drawn from theatre or the institute (FTII)."

Nawazuddin Siddiqui is supposedly a desi Michael Corleone. The actor was seen in Ek Chalis Ki Last Local (2007) and New York (2009), and is a part of Aamir Khan's Peepli Live. The film will flag off next month.