Manoj Bajpayee talks about Bollywood’s obsession with the 1000-crore club
- Bajpayee talked about how Bollywood seems to only care about box office figures
- He said that the numbers game fails to evaluate a film's plotline and actor performances
- Bajpayee will next be seen in 'Gulmohar'
Hitting the Rs. 1000 crore mark at the box office might be a dream for some, but not for Bollywood actor Manoj Bajpayee, who pays no heed to the numbers game.
In a recent interview with Puja Talwar, the 53-year-old actor expressed how Bollywood has been taken over by whopping box office collection figures that fail to shed light on film factors like the plotline, acting, cinematography, and other departments in production.
Bajpayee further said that he believes the obsession won’t come to an end any time soon if people keep dwelling on box office figures.
"Now critics are saying 'Why don't you make films like them? Why is your film not working?' It's been asked to those in the mainstream. Those in the mainstream are being put in the witness box by their own mainstream critics. As for me, I was never a part of that world. I used to go sometimes to that world for some reason but would come back again. For us getting our film released in theatres was tough before. Now it gets tougher due to the Rs. 1000 crore films,” he said.
Looking on the bright side, the ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ actor talked about how OTT has offered several opportunities to actors looking for projects.
“OTT has been a boon. It was a boon for actors like me. It was a boon for so many other talents, so many other faculties. It's heartwarming to see all of them busy and consumed by OTT and such amazing work that they are doing,” Bajpayee said.
On the work front, the actor has several films in the works including ‘Gulmohar’.
The family drama flick is directed by Rahul Chittella. It stars Sharmila Tagore, Simran Rishi Bagga, Suraj Sharma and Amol Palekar.