This versatile actor has proved his mettle in the film industry by giving a host of power packed performance from inspector Kripa Shakar Thakur in Jaago to underworld don Bhiku Mhatre in Satya. Winning a National award for his performance in Pinjar, Manoj Bajpai has once again grabbed an extra ordinary film Swami, which depicts relationships in a person's life.
Q: Tell us about your role in Swami.
A: Swami is a film about the relationship between a husband and a wife and their emotional love story. I play the character of Swami who is an honest family man. He loves his wife and wants to fulfill all her dreams. He is not selfish and his heart is like that of a child. Juhi Chawla is playing my wife in this film.
Q: Is this film based on choreographer Ganesh Acharya'a true life experience?
A: Yes, Swami is based on Ganesh's parents' real life experience.
Q: Ganesh is a choreographer by profession. How is he as a director?
A: We all know that Ganesh is a good choreographer but he is as good a director. He himself is an emotional person and always tries to see things from an emotional point of view. People would expect song and dance in the film because Ganesh is a choreographer, but in actuality, there is not a single song or dance sequence in Swami. There are a few songs which run in the background.
Q: Heard that you cried at the premiere of this film?
A: (laughs) No it wasn't me, it was Akshay Kumar. Akshay is a good friend of Ganesh and thus had been invited for the premiere of the film.
Q: This is your first film with Juhi Chawla. How was it working with her?
A: Juhi is an extremely talented actress. What else can I say for her? It would be injustice if a person like me comments on her.
Q: You have given some excellent performances, then why a cameo in Bewafa?
A: The director if the film Bewafa Dhamesh Darshan is a good friend of mine and this is the reason as to why I agreed on even a small role. He told me that no one else fitted in the role of Dil Arora better than me. I had full trust on him and moreover I can do anything for my friends.
Q: Your character Dil Arora was quiet notorious in the film. How are you in your real life?
A: I'm pretty close to the character Dil Arora, maybe even more notorious than Dil.
Q: Your last film 1971 did not do too well in spite of a talented star cast?
A: Guess there was some mistake from our side. A film goes through a lot of people before it reaches the audience. Probably one of us did not stand up to the expectation of the director.
Q: You have played a lot of characters. Which one has been the most comfortable one?
A: As a performer, I find myself comfortable in all the characters. The day I say that I am comfortable with a particular kind of role, that day I would no longer be an actor. Limitations never allow you to grow. Thus I have not set any kind of limitations or boundaries when it comes to choice of roles.