Manoj Bajpayee
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Manoj Bajpayee on a roll!

Manoj Bajpayee


Mumbai, Aug. 19 -- After giving stellar performances in films like Satya (1998), Raajneeti (2010) and Gangs Of Wasseypur (2012), Manoj Bajpayee has been laying low for nearly a year now. His last release was Satyagraha in 2013.

But now, he has a string of movies releasing in a row - Saat Uchakkey, Tevar, the Hindi remake of the Malayalam film Traffic (2011), and then Manoj's first co-production (untitled), in which he and Tabu will be seen together after 14 years.

About the four releases, Manoj says, "All the four films belong to different genres, and each role is different from the other. It was the scripts and the content that attracted me to these films and I'm happy that I will be able to showcase my talent in four different manners."

Talking about the challenges he faced with some of the upcoming roles, he says, "The biggest task was to get the different characters and their accents right. For instance, my role in Saat Uchakkey, which is set in Chandni Chowk (Delhi), required me to speak in a certain accent. Though I have studied in Delhi during my NSD (National School of Drama) days and my Hindi is better, however, my regular language is still Bhojpuri." Ask him how he prepares for his roles, or what his inspirations are, and he adds, "You just have to look at the people around you, and you will never have a dearth of references when you play a character."