Manoj Bajpayee urges to support regional content: ‘We should promote, back and support them’

In 2019, Manoj Bajpayee made his digital debut with The Family Man. He has shown up in a handful of web projects throughout the years. Also as indicated by him, one of the greatest plusses of the OTT boom is the explosion and wider reach of regional content.

Discussing how regional films have now gone worldwide, Bajpayee says, “They touch upon stories and subjects that are far removed from the formula. They explore themes and experiment without any pressure of the commerce. And now, because of OTT, these regional films are bringing our country a lot of pride and honour. International film festivals also have a role to play in it.”

The 52-year-old credits regional film actors for motivating him to face more challenges. “I, as an industry person from Mumbai, try to follow and learn from them. One can take away from their creative ideas. Such amazing work is happening in other states and we should take a leaf from them,” he says, adding that he closely follows Tamil and Malayalam cinema.

Pushing on the need to include regional film industries as a part of Indian film, he adds, “We should promote, back and support them. The mantra should be to hold each other’s hands and move together.”

Having recently won a National Award, Bajpayee says that he feels “responsible towards the career path” he wants to chart out. “I’ve taken this responsibility on myself right since my childhood when I first dreamt of being an actor. I’m my biggest critic and that’s why I behave responsibly while choosing my scripts. The fact that there has been no controversy in my career gives me a lot of conviction in the choices I’ve made over the years. I feel the pressure to always give my best to everything that I do and it isn’t an external one,” he ends.