Critically acclaimed actor Manoj Bajpayee, who will next feature in debut director Dipesh Jain's Gali Guleiyan, says he has always chosen independent movies over big budget entertainers as he is comfortable doing this.
"I have done many films with all the newcomers. Though I have had the choice of working with all the established ones, I chose all these filmmakers over so-called established filmmakers and chose these independent films over the offers of mega-budget films because this is what I always wanted to do, and this is what I feel comfortable doing," he added.
The widely acclaimed actor said independent movies allow him a certain freedom. "This is where I feel I can express myself, I can utilise myself, and somewhere I feel I can break so many limitations of mine while doing these films and when I am performing these characters. And though these films have not fetched the big numbers, these are what I have made a career out of. So, today it has been over 20 years in this industry and I am doing what I wanted to do... Films like Gali Guleiyan, Aligarh, Gangs of Wasseypur... I would say God is giving me all the right things for me to feel proud of myself," Manoj said.
Gali Guleiyan has travelled to several film festivals and won accolades. "It all started with an email and this film has reached here... Sometimes, God is really kind and pushes right things towards you and it is up to you to mark those as right things and grab it. These words have just been true," he said.
Its trailer underlines Manoj's heart-wrenching portrayal of a man (named Khuddus) trapped within the walls and alleys of Old Delhi and his own mind. He attempts to break free to find a human connection.
Manoj has said he plays one of his most complex roles ever in this movie. Gali Guleiyan features an ensemble cast of actors like Ranvir Shorey, Neeraj Kabi and Shahana Goswami, along with debutant child actor Om Singh. The movie will release in theatres worldwide on September 7.
(With IANS inputs)
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