“Missing Will  Shock & Stun Audiences,” Promises Manoj Bajpai

Manoj Bajpai has been keeping very quiet about his next release, mysteriously titled Missing which unites the auteur actor with one of his favourite co-stars Tabu.

“We  worked together in  Hansal Mehta’s Dil Pe Mat  Le Yaar and  Akash Deep’s Ghaat many years ago. Now I can say we’ve finally done another film together that does justice to her talent, and the talent  of Anu Kapoor. Missing is basically about three characters played by three of us actors,” says Manoj,discreetly leaving himself out  of mentioning the acting talent in Missing.

“I am  never satisfied with  my own performances. There’s always a hunger …That’s why I am led to new directors. Mukul Abhyankar who directed Missing shocked me, as he’ll shock audiences. He  was  constantly excited  about the scenes we shot every day. He would call up at the end  of the day and say, ‘Sir, yeh aapne kaise kiya?’    Kiya, kyonki aapne diya.  An actor needs a director and  co-stars who inspire him. I got both in Missing.”

About the secrecy and  the sudden decision to release Missing alongside several other films on April 6, Manoj says,  “Firstly the decision is not sudden. We decided April 6 was the correct date when there is no big release. Also, we wanted to keep the release date a secret as  long as possible  because we  did not  want to do too much media interaction on Missing.”

 Missing  out the  media interaction on Missing…why????

Explains  Manoj, “This  is  a suspense film in the  truest sense. Every twist and turn in the plot is crucial. We can’t give any  of it away. I never  knew it was so difficult to promote a  suspense film. I know the media  will ask us questions about the plot and one of us will blurt out something that will give away  the suspense.I’ve never been more scared  of promoting any  of my films.”

 Manoj  confesses  preparing an trailer was a  killer.  “We had to be careful with every frame because  almost frame has a suspense element. I can’t tell you anything  about my character because I may give away  the plot.All I can say is all three of us Tabu, Anu Kapoor and I seldom had a  chance  to give so much of ourselves  to a film.”

 You would think  Manoj would be sulking about the failure of his last release Aiyaary. But no. “I am very proud of Aiyaary. According to me it is Neeraj Pandey’s most accomplished work and one of my most satisfying performances. It suffered  because of the relentless back-and-forth with the release date. Anyway I’ve put it behind me now. An artiste can’t  shed tears over what is gone. Luckily for me there is always the next challenge.”

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