Actor Manoj Bajpayee attended special screening of his first international film ‘In the Shadows’ along with Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Dipesh Jian, Neeraj Kabi and Shahana Goswami on Monday in Mumbai. While interacting with media, Rakeysh Mehra stated that we have seen only 10-20% of caliber of Manoj Bajpayee as an actor.
Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra made his Hindi film debut as An director with ‘Aks’ (2001) starring Amitabh Bachchan and Manoj Bajpayee so talking about his first film’s actor, Manoj Bajpayee, Mehra said, “We have only seen 10-20% of caliber of Manoj Bajpayee as an actor till now. When you will see ‘In the Shadows’, you will realize what I am talking about. Some actor’s takes small steps in their career but he is that kind of actor who is flying right now and he is in sublime form. This film is directed by first time director but when you will see the film that time you will not think that this film is directed by first time director. I feel it’s his one of the best performance not just in India but all around the world”
Manoj Bajpayee talking about reception his film is receiving at international film festival said, “We recently, screened at Busan International Film Festival and it was amazing experience. Our film is getting good reviews so it’s really good thing for an independent film because it gets strength and encouragement from film festivals”
Talking about his choice of roles Manoj said, “As an actor, I am always looking to explore new territories and challenging roles which I haven’t done before. When you receive praise as an actor for your performances then it encourages me and they don’t let me sleep and feel complacent.”
Talking about his upcoming film ‘Baaghi 2’ with Tiger Shroff, Bajpayee said, “It’s shaping up really well. I am very excited for that film as well because I am working in a commercial film after long time.”
Praising Manoj Bajpayee, ‘In the Shadows’ director, Dipesh Jain said, “I could not ask for any better actor than him. We written the script keeping Manoj in our mind and luckily we got him. It’s very true performance to what character is and it will be very different performance what audience will see n terms of acting style. It’s too international and I think he has outdone himself in this film”
‘In the Shadows’ is directed by Los Angeles-based feature debutant director Dipesh Jain and produced by U.K.-based production company Exstant Motion Pictures, founded by Shuchi Jain alongside Germany based independent Swiss producer Lena Vurma.
The film is a psychological drama about a man who is trapped within the city walls and in his own mind. He attempts to break free to find a human connection.
The cast includes Indian actors Manoj Bajpayee Ranvir Shorey, Neeraj Kabi and Shahana Goswami along with Belgian actress Laura Verlinden (“The Brand New Testament”.)