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Manoj Bajpayee Reveals the Dark Dark Side of Showbiz as He Recalls Being Compared to Adult Star & Facing Harsh Racist Remarks From Film Critics: “That Hurt Me; It Really Offended Me”

Manoj Bajpayee, revered for his natural and effortless acting, bravely opened up about facing discrimination in the film industry due to his unconventional appearance, a bias he categorizes as deeply rooted racism. Reflecting on a painful chapter in his career, Bajpayee revealed how critics, unable to see beyond his physical attributes, resorted to hurtful comparisons, notably likening him to an adult film star following the failure of one of his films. The actor admitted that such remarks deeply wounded him, highlighting the insensitivity prevalent in certain quarters of the industry.

Despite the setbacks, Bajpayee’s journey in Bollywood has been marked by remarkable achievements. With three National Film Awards to his credit, he soared to fame with his breakthrough role in Ram Gopal Varma’s “Satya,” followed by acclaimed performances in “Shool,” “Rajneeti,” and other significant films. His stellar portrayal in the acclaimed series “The Family Man” further solidified his stature as one of Bollywood’s most versatile actors, earning him accolades including the prestigious Filmfare OTT Award for Best Actor.

In a recent interview with Siddharth Kannan, Bajpayee candidly discussed the challenges he faced early in his career, particularly while portraying Maharaja Vijayendra Singh in “Zubeidaa.” Critics questioned his suitability for the role, revealing the underlying biases that often permeate the industry. Despite the hurtful criticisms, Bajpayee found solace in the support of his peers, who recognized the unfairness of the critiques.

However, the actor’s resilience was once again tested when he found himself unfairly labeled as an adult film star for his involvement in the film “Fareh.” Such derogatory remarks not only offended Bajpayee but also underscored the need for a more respectful and professional approach to film criticism. Emphasizing the importance of judging artists solely on their talent and merit, Bajpayee urged for a more inclusive and equitable industry where diversity is celebrated.

As Bajpayee gears up for the release of his upcoming film “Bhaiyya Ji” on May 24, his unwavering dedication to his craft and his courage in speaking out against discrimination serve as an inspiration to aspiring artists. In a world where biases still persist, Bajpayee’s story is a reminder of the power of resilience and the importance of standing up for what is right.

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