Manoj Bajpayee on why Anurag Kashyap didn’t work with him for years: He didn’t need me, my career was going down | Bollywood

In a candid conversation with Bollywood Bubble, acclaimed actor Manoj Bajpayee opened up about the extended period where he did not collaborate with filmmaker Anurag Kashyap, a partnership that remained dormant from 2000 until 2011. He elaborated on the reason for this professional gap. (Related Read: Manoj Bajpayee teases a potential crossover between The Family Man 3 and Farzi 2)

Manoj Bajpayee and Anurag Kashyap joined forces in the hit film Gangs of Wasseypur

The Inside Story According to Manoj

“The cold spell in our work relationship was fueled by a single misunderstanding, which, over time, grew into a bigger issue, especially with social media adding to the hype. As things stand, I came to believe he was not making films that suited my style, and he seemingly thought that there wasn’t a place for me in his projects, as my professional appeal was on a downturn. In essence, we moved on with our lives, our paths diverged, and the need for collaboration seemed non-existent from both sides,” Manoj shared.

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A Look at Manoj and Anurag’s Past Work Together

Manoj Bajpayee and Anurag Kashyap initially worked closely on the iconic 1998 thriller Satya, directed by Ram Gopal Varma, where Anurag was a writer and Manoj’s performance as Bhiku Mhatre won widespread acclaim. They teamed up the following year for another Varma-directed hit, Shool. But it wasn’t until 2012, with the landmark Gangs of Wasseypur, that they reunited, showcasing Manoj’s talent as the unforgettable Sardar Khan. Since then, their careers have taken different routes once again.

Manoj’s upcoming projects include Bhaiyya Ji, an action-filled drama, where he’ll be directed by Apoorv Singh Karki, previously of Sirf Ek Banda Kafi Hai fame. The film is set to premiere this Friday on May 24. He is also cast in the upcoming films Despatch and The Fable, and will return as the clever spy Shrikant Tiwari in the third season of the Amazon Prime Video hit series The Family Man.

On the other hand, Anurag Kashyap is preparing for the release of his gritty crime tale Kennedy, starring Rahul Bhat and Sunny Leone, after its debut at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival last year. Additionally, he’s currently working on a new film featuring Bobby Deol and Sanya Malhotra among others.

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