Actor Prashantt Guptha, who rose to fame with his recent release Neerja has inked an open letter to legendary actor, Manoj Bajpayee. Yes, to our own Sardar Khan. It seems that Manoj Bajpayee's take on life has put an inspiring impact on Prashantt, and maybe that's why he chose to express his experience through this open letter, and through WittyFeed.
Prashantt in his words says, "last week, my friend Devansh Patel (Journalist & TV host) introduced me to Manoj Bajpayee. It was the most awakening one hour in a long time."
Let's have a look at this inspiring letter which has left its readers stunned!
"In between my notable films Issaq, Identity Card and now the National Award winning Neerja, hundreds of moments of rejection, disappointment, outrage, fear, insecurity, jealousy, ridicule, and surely without a doubt, several moments of fruitful bliss, acclaim and success ... there has been a major necessity for artists like me to prevent falling into the black hole of insanity."
"My time with Manoj Bajpayee was what I call 'divine intervention.' For the first few minutes, it was a little intimidating to look the man in the eyes and be completely at ease. Only because it dawned on me that I was talking to Bhiku Mhatre of Satya, Samar Pratap Singh of Shool, Raghavan Ghatge of Aks, the prince of Zubeidaa, Sardar Khan of Wasseypur, Professor Siras of Aligarh, and the face of multiple other characters played to near perfection. But within 5 minutes, he was Manoj Bajpayee."
He adds further, "Not the seasoned actor of 20 years plus, but the outsider before that. THAT was the awe-inspiring bit that struck me like a bolt of lightning, completely humbling the prejudice I went in with of a great star-actor. Surely in my years as an actor, I have worked with several greats and came out notably appreciated. But this was one of my idols, and this was an incredible revelation."
Sharing his learnings in the form four lessons.
Sharing what he learned from Manoj Bajpayee's simplicity, Mr Guptha writes...
Lesson #1 It was that even after years of acclaim and success, he [Manoj Bajpayee] has remained 100% grounded and still behaves like the outsider he once was. And for those who don't know, Satya may have been his first claim to fame, but he arrived in Mumbai over a decade before that. Until then it was a film or show here n' there. The fact that it took him that long before his arrival was a dose of sanity for me. It is inspiring how he still retains the simplicity and ambition of a small town guy.
Lesson #2 is a treasure for an artist: "don't expect to evolve as an actor if you don't evolve as a human being." I laughed off my chair when he said, "a good artist must be a real person, is complete bullshit." True that. But he was spiritually emphatic about how necessary it is that to grow as an actor; one must grow as a human being, wrote Prashantt in his letter to Manoj Bajpayee which he shared with WittyFeed.
Lesson #3 What would be his answer to a question of mine? After hearing much about the nonsense and hypocrisy one must endure staying alive in this industry, I [Prashantt Guptha] was compelled to ask him, "how have you remained sane?"
Manoj Bajpayee said, "Mein Kaam Karta Hoon, Paise Leta Hoon, Aur Ghar Jaata Hoon."
To which I retaliated, "Sir yeh toh tab hai jab aap ke paas kaam hota hai. Tab kya jab lambe arse ke liye kuch nahin hota?"
He [Bajpayee] told me to go home. "Visit as much of what is connected to your childhood, and you will find healing energies there. How profound. Especially for me," writes actor Prashantt Guptha.
Prashantt in his letter says, "In my first few years in Mumbai, as much as I would look forward to a few days back in New York, I would emotionally dread it too, being harsh on myself as someone who would go back without having achieved anything major, yet again. Of course, this changed post-2015 once I was doing much better. But here I was who used to feel like a "Haaraa Hua Khiladi Joh Maidaan Chod Ke Bhaag Raha Hai," and here he was [Manoj Bajpayee] who suggested that it was necessary to fill the vacuum."
In Lesson #4 Prashantt shares, "Prashantt, Never let anyone define you," said Manoj Bajpayee.
"There is no absolute barometer of success and failure, and more often than not, people will judge and treat you as per how they see themselves. He said never be over-gratified by the great reviews you receive and nor dejected by them tearing you down. The examples he cited are too personal for an open forum, but an eye-opener and hugely relieving for me," writes Prashantt Guptha in his open letter to Manoj Bajpayee.
When great minds meet enthusiastic young talents, it not only helps them to bring back their faith in dreams, success, and beauty of life but also helps them to take the legacy further. As it happened with an actor Prashantt Guptha.
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