Nawazuddin Siddiqui says he didn’t take Manoj Bajpayee seriously when they first met: ‘He was playing a koala in a play’

Years earlier than their paths crossed in filmmaker Anurag Kashyap’s Gangs of Wasseypur, Nawazuddin Siddiqui had met Manoj Bajpayee whereas engaged on a play, in which they have been playing peculiar elements — that of a tree and a Koala, respectively. Nawazuddin recalled that in the play, Manoj performed the lead function, whereas he and Vijay Raaz performed timber.

In an interview with Mashable India, Nawazuddin mentioned the play had occurred a lot earlier than Manoj Bajpayee broke out with the 1994 Shekhar Kapur movie Bandit Queen. It was solely after watching the movie that Nawaz recognised how proficient Manoj was.

“I had finished a play with Manoj bhai. Back then, he wasn’t this well-known. He was common in the theatre circuit. I acquired a half in that play and learnt that the primary lead was performed by Manoj Bajpayee. After that he acquired Bandit Queen after which I acquired to know who’s Manoj Bajpayee! Pehle toh aivenyi le rahe the hum unko (Earlier, I was taking him calmly). He was recognized in the theatre circuit although, and was among the many high 5 greatest actors of the time,” he mentioned.

Nawazuddin narrated a hilarious story from their time on the play, and mentioned that The Family Man star was naughty. “Vijay Raaz and I used to face like a tree for 2 and a half hours! And Manoj bhai was so naughty, he was playing a a part of a Koala and a jungle was created on stage — the place males could be timber. So, because the Koala, he may come and scratch himself and we might really feel ticklish however couldn’t even chuckle. Iss tareeke ki badmaashiya karte the,” he added.

Manoj Bajpayee will star in the ZEE5 movie Sirf Ek Bandaa Kaafi Hai, whereas Nawazuddin is awaiting the discharge of his subsequent function, Jogira Sara Ra Ra, co-starring Neha Sharma.


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