Manoj Bajpayee: People in power should make an effort to keep nepotistic culture away from the film industry

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Manoj Bajpayee: People in power should make an effort to keep nepotistic culture away from the film industry

Bajpayee on insider-outsider debate

Friday, 26th June 2020

People who have power in the film industry must make an effort to keep nepotism away and be more welcoming for new talents in the industry, says Manoj Bajpayee.


There should not be “insider-outsider” segregation in the film industry.

The discriminations faced by the outsiders have been voiced by many after Sushant Singh Rajput committed suicide on the 14th of June.


Bajpayee reported to PTI, “The whole functioning of the industry, nepotism has been in the debate for few years now. It'll change only if each and every individual who is positioned well, who is established and powerful starts making efforts to make it healthy and democratic for all the talented people who are coming in”.


“This whole term 'insider-outsider' should vanish immediately. It isn't the right way to define the industry. We will have to work very hard to turn this industry into a fraternity where each and every one is welcomed”.


Hailing from Bihar, National-award winner Bajpayee has marked his name with Bandit Queen by directed Shekhar Kapur in 1994 and later making hits with Cult and Satya directed by Ram Gopal Varma. He has also marked his name in movies like Anurag Kashyap's Gangs of Wasseypur(2012), Shool (1999) and Hansal Mehta's Aligarh.


In mainstream affairs such as Akshay Kumar starrer Special 26, Baaghi 2 and Milap Zaveri's Satyameva Jayate he has been featured.

He has made unconventional choices that have inspired the outsiders who have come after him.


He said, “Maybe because they know you can't mess with me! I don't know but I never felt it. I don't think in anyway anyone tries to remind me that I'm an outsider. They must be thinking that but never let me know”, when he was asked if has felt like he is an outsider after he has marked his identity in the film industry. He added, “Only in the last 15-20 years, some people started talking about it within their gangs, lobbies and started dividing the industry. I never felt that because I never looked for validation from anywhere else. I wanted to achieve what I wanted to achieve. I pushed my way through”.


No doubt, the established ones did feel threatened by him and he felt their insecurities. “Discriminations” that he suffered and the inner politics he went through was not specific to the film industry.


“When you come in the industry and start getting noticed, there are always people who think you're a threat to their position or you suddenly may come into the competition. This is the kind of politics and competitiveness which happen in every industry. I don't mind it”.


“You have to work your way through. I never shied away from having that kind of competition. Everyone feels discriminated, I don't mind it. As long as your resolve, your goal is clear, you can go on chasing that without caring about any kind of competition and ill feelings towards you”, he added.


He is now about to release his movie Bhonsle , streaming on Sony LIV from 26th of June.


The movie is directed by Devashish Makhija where a police constable (Bajpayee) helps migrants tackle atrocities of local politicians. The movie fetched Bajpayee best actor trophy for the second time at Asia Pacific Screen Awards.


“We decided to take it many film festivals to gain credibility because independent films don't have many mentors here, they don't find distributors and exhibitors easily. It was better for the film to keep travelling to festivals, be in the news, so that someone somewhere gets interested”. He added, “In the end, it was quite a tumultuous task to sell the film to a corporate house which could mentor and distribute it. So we decided to release it ourselves in March-April but then the lockdown happened and Sony LIV came as a blessing to us”.


He concluded by saying, “I hope and I'm sure the journey we started five years ago proves worthwhile in the end. We are very hopeful that Bhonsle is going to leave a mark with the audience”.



Source: India Today 

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