Mrs Serial Killer actor Manoj Bajpayee: Shirish Kunder’s films grow on the audience over time

For a character like Dr Mrityunjoy Mukherjee, you have to understand the mind and the backstory of the character. Shirish and I live in the same building. The audience always watches a film with an open mind. In an exclusive chat with, the actor shared his experience of collaborating with director Shirish Kunder post their short film Kriti (2016), and why he would want his movies Gali Guleiyan and Bhonsle to also release on streaming platforms. They are not going to leave the platform so easily. Sometimes the director, if he is person you know, becomes far bigger than anything else. © IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd


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For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App. What’s important is people watch it and have their own opinion about it. That’s all I want. Your next project to be released is The Family Man 2. Mrs Serial Killer is led by a female character. And for me the reason was more than the script or anything, it was to go with Shirish’s conviction since he wanted me to be a part of it. I have realised that Shirish’s films usually grow on the audience over time. Why did you sign Mrs Serial Killer? The film had an unusual cast – you, Jacqueline Fernandez and Mohit Raina. I was aware of the story. And if it is done with conviction and the storytelling is engaging, they lap it up. We regularly meet each other, and have also worked in a short film, Kriti. As industry people, we are quite concerned and a little apprehensive. Serial Killer. Manoj Bajpayee in a still from Gali Guleiyan (2018). Manoj Bajpayee, who is currently spending the lockdown period in Uttarakhand, is happy that his recent release Netflix’s Mrs Serial Killer trended at number one for a week on the streaming platform. Shirish wanted me to get that humour into that disturbed mind. When you see your little one making cards, and all the people from the mountains decorating the place with whatever is available, it is amazing. That’s such an amazing success. Then I did Pinjar that had Urmila again. So these type of things don’t even occur to me. So, I would focus on The Family Man first, and think about anything else. How do you approach such roles? So filmmakers will have to be much more responsible in creating content. I’ve been maintaining it since the time we worked on Kriti that he has a very unique way of treating his scenes and his storytelling is completely different. It has had such a humongous run. Jacqueline Fernandez plays Manoj Bajpayee’s wife in Mrs. I’m not in a rush to just go ahead and grab anything and everything. It has to be a fantastic script and my role needs to be sketched out. So they should really grab it. The Family Man 2 will be coming soon. But if they find anything fake, pretentious or anything which is not done with complete sincerity, then you have a problem. Your film 1971 began trending when it had its digital release recently. We really have to be innovative, experimental, engaging and quite entertaining with whatever we choose to make. Do you ever fear such factors can backfire? We are waiting as to when the lockdown is going to be lifted and how theater owners are going to make a strategy to open up. If those things are clear, you will find reasons for his actions. I don’t think so. Through you, I would really urge all the OTT platforms to have a look at Bhonsle which has got me my second Best Actor Asia Pacific award after Aligarh. How was it? Also, there’s my other film, Gali Guleiyan which has done wonders internationally, and in my opinion, that’s my best performance. How do you see the industry changing post lockdown? Out of the blue, he approached me to do this role. Good that you asked me this question. People have seen so much content on it. Right after Satya, I did Kaun which was led by Urmila Matondkar. That’s one thing. The reason can be anything, me or Shirish (Kunder) or Jacqueline (Fernandez). It’s there for any OTT platform to acquire it any time. You’ve played grey characters before. I really think Gali Gulleyan and Bhonsle will do wonders on streaming platforms because the audience keeps asking about these movies all the time. Have you ever felt any inhibition while taking up such projects? You celebrated your birthday in quarantine this year. Secondly, OTT platform is going to be doing very well in the future because people are addicted to it. 📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram. After that I did Zubeidaa which had Karisma Kapoor and Rekha. My heart goes out to them because so many properties and so much overheads – How they are going to maintain it? People in our country made it trend on number one for seven days, which is quite an amazing feat. How do you rate Shirish Kunder as a director? Do you think there are more films which should release on OTT platforms? It was a very innovative day for me, and I loved it. Wherever I go, people keep coming to me and talk about The Family Man. He had shared this script with me. Written by Mimansa Shekhar
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Updated: May 13, 2020 1:19:17 pm

Manoj Bajpayee plays Dr Mrityunjoy Mukherjee in Netflix film Mrs Serial Killer. Why are you sticking to only web content of late? Here are excerpts from the conversation:
How do you feel when fans say they watched Mrs Serial Killer because of you?