The pandemic has provided a level playing field for talent in the film industry: Manoj Bajpayee

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about a huge change in cinema as it has generated equal opportunities for talented artists in the Hindi film industry, actor Manoj Bajpayee said on Friday.

The national award-winning actor, speaking at the ongoing Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF), said the pandemic was a great equaliser.

“Anyone who played a role other than the hero was treated like a second-class citizen, on set, by the public, on posters or at awards ceremonies. ”That something never went well with me, and that’s also why I never wanted to move to Bombay. Because I realized that at most they could give me the role of a villain, but in the end it was about heroes and celebrating heroes,’ Bajpayee said.

According to the actor, things have changed drastically over the past decade, and even more so during the pandemic.

”Now we are working in a time when so many women’s films are being made, the weather has changed very quickly over the last decade… So much so that the pandemic, which has been really bad for the whole world , has been great for the entertainment industry.

“It really changed the whole dynamic of cinema, the main character or the supporting characters. It really gave an equal playing field to all talent,’ the actor said during a session called ‘Pure Evil: The Bad Men of Bollywood’.

Bajpayee, known for his supporting roles in films like ”Satya” and ”Aks”, said actor Nana Patekar through his work in films such as ”Parinda”, ”Agni Sakshi ” and ”Angaar ” was a pioneer in the interpretation of character roles.

”Nana Patekar is an actor who is not praised enough. It’s a talent that gave a place to all theater actors or real actors in the days when commercial cinema was really dominating the box office or the industry,’ he said.

The 15th edition of the JLF, which kicked off on the grounds at the Clarks Amer Hotel on Thursday, is being held in a hybrid format for the first time since its inception in 2006. It was held virtually from March 5-9.

Turkish best-selling novelist Elif Shafak, 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction finalist Jonathan Franzen, 2021 Booker winner Damon Galgut, Australian author and 2003 Booker winner DBC Pierre, Hollywood actor-writer Rupert Everett and the Prominent Jamaican poet Kei Miller is among 250 authors participating in JLF this year.

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