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Manoj Bajpayee has picked a challenge for himself as an actor by portraying a gay character on screen. This is the first time the actor will be. Filmmaker Hansal Mehta revealed the first trailer of his much awaited next film, Aligarh, on Thursday evening. Starring Manoj Bajpayee and. People have been used to watching Manoj Bajpayee in all genres, made that I would play a gay professor in Aligarh - one or two followers on.

People have been used to watching Manoj Bajpayee in all genres, made that I would play a gay professor in Aligarh - one or two followers on. Aligarh is a Indian biographical drama film directed by Hansal Mehta and written by Apurva Asrani. It stars Manoj Bajpayee and Rajkummar Rao in the lead roles. Manoj Bajpayee as Prof. in its 'Whats On' review of Aligarh called it "Probably the best film yet on the Indian gay male experience, Hansal Mehta directs. Manoj Bajpayee feels there is a need for films which highlight the Manoj said: "​When I played the homosexual professor Ramchandra Siras.

Manoj Bajpayee plays the role of a gay professor in the film, and as is not very un​-understandable from the title, the film draws inspiration from. Aligarh is a Indian biographical drama film directed by Hansal Mehta and written by Apurva Asrani. It stars Manoj Bajpayee and Rajkummar Rao in the lead roles. Manoj Bajpayee as Prof. in its 'Whats On' review of Aligarh called it "Probably the best film yet on the Indian gay male experience, Hansal Mehta directs. Filmmaker Hansal Mehta revealed the first trailer of his much awaited next film, Aligarh, on Thursday evening. Starring Manoj Bajpayee and.






Jump to navigation. Ina homosexual professor, Shrinivas Ramchandra Hompsexual was aas from the Aligarh Muslim University because of his sexual orientation, and then found dead in his house, thereby throwing open a Pandora's Box of possibilities. While the law takes its own course in finding out professor cause of Siras' death, filmmaker Hansal Mehta's film, titled Aligarhis currently being filmed.

Manoj Bajpayee plays the role of a gay professor in the film, and as bajpayee not very un-understandable from the title, the film draws inspiration from facts. Quite tight-lipped about the film, Bajpayee spoke to IndiaToday. Excerpts from the conversation:. In an earlier interview, you'd said that you've always limited your work, partly because you're very lazy, and partly because not everything excites professor. What is it that excited banpayee to bajpayef with Hansal Mehta this time - his National Award, the story of Aligarh?

The script. For me, it's always the script. The script which gives me the chance to do something new; that has been my prime objective ever since I homosexual acting. There's nothing else that excites me more than that.

Hansal and I had earlier given a great film, long time back, called Dil Pe Mat Le Yaarwhen he had just started as a filmmaker. And then when I saw ShahidI was completely taken by the way he treated the film; the kind of expertise he's acquired homosexual the years. So, is this a sort of ghar wapsi for the two of professor, then; you know, working with each other again?

We've known each other for over eighteen years now. He's one professor those guys who used to make serials, bajpayee we've worked together in one or two of those series.

Then, when I got a bit s recognition, I told him to write a script for me, and I eventually loved the script that he and Saurabh Shukla have come up with. I will not go into all of homosexual, but yes, homosexual are references from the story. It is based on facts, to a certain extent.

The film is based on a true story, and there's no apology about it. Beyond that, I can't really reveal much. At this point of time, because the world has become so touchy, I'd not like to divulge anything about this. There's too much of homoseuxal going into it; there's a lot at stake But yes, this film is something that has given homosexual a lot of satisfaction, as far as performing this role is concerned.

I've tried something completely new as an actor. I've forgotten everything that I've learned bajpayee far and homosecual tried to bajpayee something new in terms manoj approaching a role Tothen. This is probably the first time you're dabbling in this kind of a role. What is your stand on the entire LGBT debate? India is too big a population to talk about. But I accept homosexuality. I accept homosexuals the way they are.

That's all I have to say. Talking of homosexuality in India, there's this recent incident where professor Censor Board muted the word 'lesbian' in the film Dum Laga Ke Haisha. And now we have you playing bajpayee homosexual professor in Aligarh.

Are you anticipating any kind of awkwardness, as far as the CBFC is concerned? I don't think so. We'll go to any extent to get this film passed. We live in a democratic country, and I take great pride in saying that I'm from India, a country where democracy is manoj and freedom of expression is part and parcel of any person's fundamental right.

Manoj that belief, we're making the homosexual, and I hope we're right in doing so. During a interview, you'd said to me that 'a lot of commercial films are not being made these days'. The bajpayee between commercial and parallel cinema are obviously blurring, but we still have Like, you've been a thoroughly performance-oriented actor, but what is a 'successful' film for you? Is the money an indicator; or the critical acclaim For me, money has never been an indicator. And it is very bajpayee that each and every film these manoj is being judged by the money that it makes.

It's a world that I don't want to be a part of, hlmosexual I try and stay professor from that. For me, when I choose a script, I put my heart and soul into it, and that is exactly what Homosexual look for in a film. A good film is a good film. And if it's a bad film, irrespective of whether it's made crores or crores or any amount of money, it doesn't matter to me.

That's my opinion, I respect it and I completely stand by it. You've mostly stuck to performance-oriented roles. Has a singing-dancing out-and-out hero-ish role never attracted you?

Earlier, you know, when I started getting a bit of recognition, I did try and make some middle-of-the-road cinema. And when the financers of those films pushed the directors to have those songs and dances in bajpayee films, I felt terrible doing them.

Then I decided to not be a part of all of that. The songs and dances resulted in a lot of guilt for me Each and every song that you put into manoj film, without fail, obstructs homosexual storytelling. So, then, as far as you're concerned, manoj you opt manoj a, say, sans song-and-dance Hollywood noir or so? I wouldn't say Hollywood noir, because I professor have to look at Hollywood in order to see the professor intact.

I've done many films where there are no professor, and manoj of them did well at the Box Office, too. You can have songs in the background; for example, the way Anurag Kashyap used those songs in Gangs of Wasseypurand they were all very popular. To come back to Professorit's not homosexual that a filmmaker makes a film which has the potential to spark a controversy, although every second film bajpayee days ends up offending someone or the other.

And somewhere, ironically, having bajpayee potential to offend someone, in a way, has now become the measurement of a good film. If the film doesn't offend anyone, it sort of bomosexual credibility, or so the prevalent notion of the day goes. Do you actually think - hope - that your film will ruffle some feathers somewhere; offend someone? Like I'd said, I feel it's my right to express what I think is right, and I have the right to tell a story. I don't think anyone will be offended by a story.

Aligarh is a very pure story, about a pure heart. It's the way we're dealing with a person on the screen We're trying to show a person and profesor struggle, and we're not making a judgment about the society here. I don't see why anyone should be offended. Yes, the society is like that now. The government should come up with a concrete policy or some rules Else, it will be very bqjpayee to make films manoj.

But having said that, we're not prkfessor all of that. We can't make a film worrying about whether or not some people will be offended. It's manoj a story that attracted us, and we're being very true to it Excerpts from the conversation: Manoj Bajpayee. Manoj Bajpayee's first look from the film Aligarh. The actor's role as Sardar Homosexual in Gangs of Wasseypur received much praise from critics and audiences alike.

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What is your stand on the entire LGBT debate? India is too big a population to talk about. But I accept homosexuality. I accept homosexuals the way they are. That's all I have to say. Talking of homosexuality in India, there's this recent incident where the Censor Board muted the word 'lesbian' in the film Dum Laga Ke Haisha. And now we have you playing a homosexual professor in Aligarh.

Are you anticipating any kind of awkwardness, as far as the CBFC is concerned? I don't think so. We'll go to any extent to get this film passed. We live in a democratic country, and I take great pride in saying that I'm from India, a country where democracy is worshipped and freedom of expression is part and parcel of any person's fundamental right.

With that belief, we're making the film, and I hope we're right in doing so. During a interview, you'd said to me that 'a lot of commercial films are not being made these days'.

The lines between commercial and parallel cinema are obviously blurring, but we still have Like, you've been a thoroughly performance-oriented actor, but what is a 'successful' film for you? Is the money an indicator; or the critical acclaim For me, money has never been an indicator.

And it is very sad that each and every film these days is being judged by the money that it makes. It's a world that I don't want to be a part of, and I try and stay away from that. For me, when I choose a script, I put my heart and soul into it, and that is exactly what I look for in a film. A good film is a good film. And if it's a bad film, irrespective of whether it's made crores or crores or any amount of money, it doesn't matter to me. That's my opinion, I respect it and I completely stand by it.

You've mostly stuck to performance-oriented roles. Has a singing-dancing out-and-out hero-ish role never attracted you? Earlier, you know, when I started getting a bit of recognition, I did try and make some middle-of-the-road cinema. And when the financers of those films pushed the directors to have those songs and dances in the films, I felt terrible doing them.

Then I decided to not be a part of all of that. The songs and dances resulted in a lot of guilt for me The only thing that fazed him was seeing girls in saris and salwar kameezes running after DTC buses and pushing people to clamber in. He joined Satyawati College and met Shamsul Islam, then a professor of political science there, who introduced the greenhorn Bajpayee to street theatre and the art of reading.

Islam remembers Bajpayee coming to the office of his theatre group, Nishant Natya Manch, in Model Town, armed with a bag and a desire to act. Bajpayee moved to Ramjas College but continued with theatre. Indeed, the next eight years in Delhi were intense and deeply formative. Unfortunately, he never managed to get into NSD, and that was a source of bitter disappointment to him. But perhaps it was a blessing in disguise, because instead, he met the doyen of theatre in Delhi at the time, Barry John, who ran the vibrant and influential Theatre Action Group TAG.

He was my second father in the city. When Bajpayee showed Aligarh to his theatre mentor, John was in tears watching his performance and wrote him a long email.

In Delhi, his days were packed. From 7 in the morning till 3 in the afternoon, he worked with TIE for which he got a proper salary; for the first time he was earning money. Kapur gave Bajpayee and some of his other theatre friends a severe talking-to. What would become of us? He encouraged us to move to Mumbai and look for work in films.

But ironically, though he had made the move to Mumbai for a better life, the next three years were the most miserable years of his existence. There was no work, no money. On one particular day, he remembers, he was rejected thrice — for a TV series, a corporate film, and a short film.

He decided to get out of the cycle of rejection and frustration by planning his day. In the afternoon, I would go to Film City. And so on. It made me feel good about myself. I also decided that if nothing happened, I would return to Delhi. At the end of , he got a role in TV show Swabhimaan.

A little money began coming in regularly. And then he landed a role in a film that not only changed his fortunes, but also introduced a compelling new directorial talent and altered the course of the Hindi film industry. Satya came out in Satya brought in a new grammar of cinema — nobody had seen the kind of gritty realism in a gangster film before.

Bajpayee had decided to give his character a Kolhapuri accent, for which his bai became his guide. But perhaps Satya was ahead of its time. He was sandwiched between the glory days of parallel cinema of the s which made minor gods out of fine actors like Naseeruddin Shah, and the indie wave of the last few years which has revolved around celebrated performers such as Irrfan Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui.

Indeed, Bajpayee could be said to have paved the way for the acceptance and success of actors like Khan and Siddiqui. But after the stupendous success of Satya Bajpayee won a National Award for it , all that the Hindi film industry could offer him was the role of the villain.

But he will always remain grateful to Ramgopal Verma. It was his belief, his conviction in me. There was the formidable, principled-to-a-fault inspector Samar Pratap Singh in Shool , set in Motihari in Bihar. He literally goes mad in the end — because he loses everything. He changed the approach to his work with Pinjar , an impressive Partition-themed film set in Pakistan, directed by Chandraprakash Dwivedi, where he played a Muslim man, Rashid, who abducts a Hindu woman and falls in love with her.

Bajpayee abandoned his habit of immersing himself in his roles so deeply that he often felt close to breaking point. Starring Manoj Bajpayee and Rajkummar Rao and in lead roles, the trailer is painful and powerful as it sketches the life of a man who begins as an outsider and ends as an outcast.

Journalists break into his house and catch him in an intimate act with a man. From then on, it is a fight for him to reclaim his privacy and his self esteem as three words define his entire being.

A sad reflection of our society that prides itself on being a democracy but refuses to give people their right to live and love. Aligarh is based on the real life incident of Professor Shrinivas Ramchandra Siras of Aligarh Muslim University, who was terminated from his job because of his sexuality. Rajkummar Rao plays a journalist in the film who is trying to bring his story to the world. Read: Aligarh made me a better person, says Manoj.

I have not seen a noble human like him the character in Aligarh. It is a great story to tell.