07 May, 2021

‘As An ­­Actor, I’ve Totally ­Surrendered To My DNA’

Actor Manoj Bajpayee on the shifting paradigm of commercial cinema reinstating that 'content is the king'

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‘As An ­­Actor, I’ve Totally ­Surrendered To My DNA’
outlookindia.com
2017-09-23T10:44:49+05:30

Manoj Bajpayee has been an inveterate champion of meaningful cinema since making his debut in Shekhar Kapur’s Bandit Queen in 1994. With an enviable filmography boasting of power­-packed performances in films such as Satya, Shool, Gangs of Wasseypur and Aligarh behind him, he has inspired a whole lot of actors who are giving a big push to content-driven cinema these days. Giridhar Jha speaks to the Bihar-born actor to understand if the perceptible change in the taste of audience portends doom for the age-old star system in Bollywood.

Many small movies are doing better at the box office than some of the ­big-budget projects backed by the corporates these days?

Small-budget cinema is certainly doing better if you look at the investment-profit ratio. The corporate ­formula has failed because it has singularly ­chosen to bank only on star power to ­ensure footfalls in the theatres. Content has been a secondary ­aspect for them, and it is doing no good to...

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