"You have to be good at what you are supposed to be doing.”
Award-winning Bollywood actor Manoj Bajpayee has revealed that the acting profession is “unforgiving” with no second chances.
The actor explained the importance of fine-tuning your craft and talent through proper training before embarking on your journey in the film industry.
Speaking to PTI, Manoj Bajpayee revealed the significance of workshops. He said:
“I keep telling everyone that you should attend as many workshops as possible, do theatre, practice, read and watch.
“It is not something that you will learn in four or six months or a year, it is an ongoing process.”
Emphasising the need for training, Manoj Bajpayee explained:
“This is an unforgiving profession because there is so much at stake that nobody wants to give you a second chance. You have to be good at what you are supposed to be doing.”
Manoj Bajpayee, who trained under Barry John’s acting studio besides doing theatre in Delhi, joined the film industry in 1994 with the film, Bandit Queen.
The actor has more than two decades worth of experience and disclosed that he now knows how he should approach playing a character. He said:
“I read scripts as many times as possible, I practice. It takes a lot of time to put flesh and blood into a character.
“When the character is given to you, it is on paper and to make it alive you have to pour all your skill and experience into it.
“Depending on the character and the genre, I decide the approach that should be taken.”
In 2019, Manoj Bajpayee made his digital debut with Amazon Prime Video’s The Family Man. Speaking about OTT platforms, the 51-year-old actor said:
“This is becoming a better and democratic industry. This is what one always wished for. We are going towards a better place.”
“I am one of those guys, who was always trying to swim against the stream and at times the going was tough but in the end, it is all coming together.”
The Gangs of Wasseypur (2012) actor continued to speak about the impact the coronavirus lockdown has had on cinemas. He said:
“Cinema is not there in corona times; we don’t know what cinema is now. We will come to know when Covid-19 will be over and cinema will return to its natural form.
“One thing is certain, cinema will have a lot of responsibility as audiences will be coming out after having experienced OTT in its full form and their expectations will be high from any kind of entertainment they will be watching in theatre.”