In RAAJNEETI, he played a politician who believed he was wrong. In AARAKSHAN he played a professor who went on to find his own business means in the world of education. In CHAKRAVYUHA he played a Naxal fighting for a cause. And now in SATYAGRAHA, he is playing a politician again, albeit in a much darker shade.
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One common factor that remains in each of these films directed by Prakash Jha is the evil side of human that Manoj has demonstrated in each outing.
Smiles Manoj, “Same is the case with SATYAGRAHA as well. There is no pretence being made whatsoever about what I do and why I do it. As a politician, my character in the film believes that earning money by whatever means is an ‘investment’ being made in the right direction so that he can rule for five years while in power.”
With Manoj seemingly convinced about this argument, albeit just for his on-screen character, as an actor it was thrilling for him to return with one of his favourite directors.
“It was a different ballgame altogether to play an anti-role. Jha gives giving me something in each of his films to play around. SATYAGRAHA is yet another instance,” he continues.
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Manoj is also happy to connect with the unit of the crew, considering the fact that he has been associated with Prakash Jha films for years now.
“His unit is family now, I know everyone by their first name. Also, I know each and every lane of Bhopal now since Jha keeps taking me back here for his film shoots,” smiles Manoj.
In this production of Prakash Jha, Ronnie Screwvala and Siddharth Roy Kapur, Manoj Bajpayee faces challenge from a heavy weight team comprising of Amitabh Bachchan, Ajay Devgn, Kareena Kapoor and Arjun Rampal. The eventual winner would be known once the film hits the screens this Friday.
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