After Satya, Manoj Bajpayee says the film industry sees him as the new villain. Bollywood

Bhiku Mhatre’s character changed Manoj Bajpayee’s career. The film not only made him famous but also won him several awards for his performance as a Mumbai gangster. However, the popularity of the film also meant that after the film’s release, filmmakers offered him roles only as villains. The actor steadfastly rejected all the lucrative offers and held on to the kind of parts he wanted to do. (Also Read: Manoj Bajpayee returned to his chawl after 6 months, saw 10 people living there: ‘One was Tigmanshu Dhulia’,

Besides Manoj, the Ram Gopal Varma film also starred JD Chakraborty, Urmila Matondkar, Saurabh Shukla, Aditya Srivastava and Paresh Rawal. The film was written by Saurabh and Anurag Kashyap. Ahead of the release of his upcoming film Gulmohar, the actor opened up about how the film made him famous. He recalled a mall visit in which security could not contain fans who wanted to meet ‘Bhiku Mhatre’.

Speaking with Kamiya Jani for a joint interview on Sunday Brunch and The Bombay Journey, the actor said that he was adamant that he would not play any villain and remain without work for a long time. He said in a YouTube interview, “After Satya, the industry saw me as a new villain. I kept saying that I will not do a villain.” [roles], After Satya, I was out of work for eight months.”

When he went through periods of doubt, he persevered. He said, “I had a lot of offers and they were opposite all superstars as villains. But I thought of something else. It was hard to say no to so much money and work. I didn’t have both before Satya. And I was saying no to both after Satya. I didn’t know whether I was right in doing so or not.”

After Satya, Manoj worked with Ram in Phir Kaun (1999) and Sadak (2002). The actor also got a chance to lead a few films like Shool (1999), Dil Pe Mat Le Yaar (2000) and Aks (2001).

Manoj is also known for his work in films such as Raajneeti (2010), Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 1 (2012), Special 26 (2013), Aligarh (2016), and Sonchiriya (2019). He was last seen in Zee5 thriller Dial 100 in 2021. His next film Gulmohar with Sharmila Tagore, Simran and Suraj Sharma will release on March 3 on Disney+Hotstar.

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