NEW DELHI: Manoj Bajpayee is spending his lockdown in the mountains of Uttarakhand and says he's unaffected by the outside mayhem. The actor says the COVID-19 pandemic has turned out to be an excellent leveller.
"I am stuck in the mountains with my family. It''s a good place to be in, anyway. I'm unaffected by the outside mayhem happening. Also, the locals are very aware and very careful," Manoj told in an interview when asked about his lockdown.
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"The realisation (after this period) is that life is just too unpredictable. I was just kind of thinking and realised that we give a lot of importance to ourselves for no reason. During this type of a situation, be it a millionaire or an underprivileged, all are on the same platform and on a similar level...This is the beauty and power of nature. When it involves proving its force, it spares nobody. So, it's important to keep your shoulders on the head," he added.
Manoj was shooting for an upcoming web series with Deepak Dobriyal in the hills when the lockdown was announced. Since then he has been staying there together with his family and the crew.
On the work front, he was recently seen in "Mrs Serial Killer", which released on Netflix on May 1. "Mrs Serial Killer" is directed by Shirish Kunder and produced by his filmmaker wife Farah Khan. The thriller is based on a wife, whose husband has been framed and imprisoned for serial murders. She must perform a murder exactly like the murderer, to prove that her husband is innocent. It also stars Jacqueline Fernandez and Mohit Raina.
For Manoj, acting on OTT platforms has proved to be a "liberating" experiment.
"It (no box office pressure) is the most liberating aspect of OTT platforms. I felt it once I was shooting for ''The Family Man''. I could think about wild experiments for my performance and I could go ahead and perform it. It would work and other people on the set would appreciate it and acknowledge it and be entertained," said the actor, who has proved his acting calibre in projects like "Satya", "Shool" and "Gangs of Wasseypur".
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He continued: "The experiments have worked with the audience also. If you wish to come up with something new, this is often the platform because the ultimate thing is output. There's nobody to judge you before release and you're not going to be judged by the amount of money that you simply collect at the box office. It's been liberating to experiment ."
"In future, if I get something as exciting as the last one, I will be able to go ahead and be a part of it," said the actor, who is also looking forward to the second season of his popular web series "The Family Man".