Manoj Bajpayee Almost Rejected ‘The Family Man’ For This Drishyam 2 Actor: “I Do Not Like Taking Other Actors’ Work…”

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Manoj Bajpayee almost rejected ‘The Family Man’ for this Drishyam 2 actor (Photo Credits – Wikipedia; IMDb)

While Manoj Bajpayee has played some of the best roles on screen in Hindi cinema, there is one we love in particular, and that is – Shrikant Tiwari from The Family Man. The actor is currently garnering praise from critics and fans for his performance in the recently released film ‘Sirf Ek Banda Kafi Hai’. In a recent interview, Manoj almost ruled out the successful TFM due to Srikanth’s casting process involving another actor; And can you guess who it is? Hint: He played a pivotal role in Drishyam 2; Scroll down to read the scoop.

Over the years, Manoj has played some of the most iconic characters in Hindi cinema. His work speaks for itself, and he is always in demand by respected directors in the entertainment industry. The first season of TFM was released in 2019, and the show soon became a phenomenon among her fans who can’t stop raving about her performance.

In a recent interview with The Indian Express, Manoj Bajpayee revealed how he almost rejected ‘The Family Man’ as he felt Akshaye Khanna was in talks to play the lead role of Shrikant Tiwari and he Said, “Mukesh Chhabra said that Raj and DK want to meet to narrate a series. I thought, man, I have seen these web series; it is about sex, violence and adventure. I cannot be interested . But he assured me that it is very different. Also, there was news that Akshaye Khanna is doing this show, and since I don’t like to take other actors’ work, I said that if it is true, Even if I liked the project, I wouldn’t do it.

Manoj Bajpayee further said, “But Mukesh was adamant that it was not, and I went to see him the next day. I was completely sold by the 20 minute narration he gave. In that brief encounter, I could see myself becoming the character and at the same time having the freedom to be the way I want to be.

The Family Man actor concluded, “They sent me two episodes, and I loved it and started making notes. I think the character takes notes.” Shrikant Tiwari I made the most. I’d remember something, go back to my notebook and pen it down. I had also decided not to work for eight months and was working a lot.

We are sincerely grateful that the makers decided to go with Manoj Bajpayee; We don’t think anyone else can pull off the character of Shrikant Tiwari with such finesse than him. What are your thoughts on this? Tell us in the space below.

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