Actor Manoj Bajpayee is not interested in any identity today. However, there was a time when he had to fight a lot. He had to fight hard to make his mark in the film and television industry. Recently, he has said a lot about the early days of his Bollywood career.
In a conversation with The Lallantop, Bajpai recalled an incident in the Anubhav Sinha-directed film ‘Shikast’, one of his television shows in the early 1990s, in which the producers cut his fees in half.
Manoj said that in the show that Anubhav was directing, one thing Anubhav did is I want Manoj Bajpayee in any role, so he created the role of the fool for me. I found it very interesting that Vineet’s right-hand man who is playing the role of mobster is dumb. who does not speak That greatest dexterous servant is also the same, and he is also the most dangerous.
Received half of the money: Along with this, recalling the fight for money at that time, Manoj Bajpayee said, “At that time, when we went to shoot, we used to stand in line, there was a shooting rule that 100 rupees would be given as transportation, that 100 rupees it was too much for us. He was absolutely torn that so much chicken chowmein would come and so much would go by rickshaw.
He further said, but it’s been four episodes… we were in a state of starvation, we think that after four episodes, we will get money, until then 100 rupees that are there will not allow us to realize that we are in poverty. Now after four months I searched for the money, the producer said you get an episode for Rs 4000 and why should you get Rs 4 thousand per episode? I said you guys have fixed it. What should I know and why should I not get it?
On this, he further said that he should get only 2,000 rupees like the rest. At this Manoj said that you fixed it, then the producer said that Anubhav had said that 4 thousand should be given for speaking the dialogue, tell me, where is your dialogue? When there is no dialogue, there will be half and there will be no money.
I felt extremely humiliated: Manoj said that during that time when he spoke I also did not feel insulted in many ways. As an actor, after taking all the craft of an actor and working so hard, there is the ghurbat again. This man sitting in the chair doesn’t even understand that this person has done 4 episodes. It is completely rejecting his work and saying that I have not done any work. I really thought that I should jump, I should jump on him, but God probably stopped because my destination is somewhere else.
Speaking more about the experience, Manoj said, “I wanted that expressed experience to represent me. Which is what he says he took the stand for me, but I don’t know. I was so upset by that expression that I stopped talking to Anubhav.”