Actor Manoj Bajpayee is probably not as big a headline maker as some of the other popular celebrities, but when he does, you can be sure it involves something not-so-trivial.
He recently made a rather strong statement saying he feels that Bollywood doesn’t appreciate great talent when they are alive and only realise their worth after losing them. Now while there is nothing right or wrong about this since it is an opinion, one can’t help but ponder over his words.
Sharing his thoughts, he said, “I think it’s something that always happens in Bollywood… We don’t appreciate great talent when they are alive, but we say great things after they have passed away.”
His statement came in the wake of the passing away of director Kundan Shah, the man who gave us spectacular films like ‘Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa’, ‘Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro’, and ‘Kya Kehna’.
“Kundan Shah was a unique director of our times. He was an amazing thinker. If you see his films like ‘Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro’, ‘Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa’ and ‘Kya Kehna’, these were incredible films. They didn’t just belong to romantic genres or comedy but the film talked about things beyond it. They talked about social taboos and also questioned the unhealthy practices of our society. He never made a film only for entertainment but always gave important messages through his films. The saddest part is that he wasn’t appreciated enough when he was alive,” Bajpayee said during a media interaction.
We are eagerly waiting to see what other colleagues of his from Bollywood have to say about such strong words from Bajpayee.
Bajpayee will be starring in ‘Rukh’ which is set to release on the 27th of this month. The movie is directed by debutant Atanu Mukherjee and stars Bajpayee, Smita Tambe, Kumud Mishra and Adarsh Gourav.