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Rejection at the National School of Drama made him suicidal, but after over two decades in the film industry Manoj Bajpayee says he has started enjoying the “insult” of listening to the word ‘no’.

The 49-year-old actor believes the initial rejections he faced have made him practical and motivated him to work harder. “I have realised that rejection is nothing but a sign that one needs to work hard. Rejection is not negative, it makes you look at things very realistically and practically. I have started enjoying the rejection, misery and the whole insult of hearing ‘no’ from people.

The critically-acclaimed actor adds that while he is a “hardcore optimist”, he feels dejected at times. “When you fall there is pain, but how quickly you get over that pain and move ahead is key,” he says. Bajpayee, however, says empty theatres still scare him.

“That fear still exists because it comes true most of the times. I am so used to having less or no audience. But in all of this the great positive I find is that just because of the kind of journey I had I manage to get over any low easily. That is one positive I derive from this process.”

He says his only assurance is the dedicated set of audience, who appreciates and understands his cinema.

“The thing that keeps me motivated is the audience which likes my work. I know if my film is in the theatre, the audience I have will not decrease. I am not scared of losing the viewers I have earned. The aim is to increase the number.”

“The future can’t be worse than this. It is getting better and better. It is just that I need more people who are as stubborn as me,” Bajpayee says.

The actor believes to maintain the fan base, it is important for an actor to give a personal touch to his characters.

“I feel my audience enjoy watching me on screen because they can relate to me. They can see a personal side of me in the character. I get a lot of me on the screen. I derive a lot of elements which are hidden in me. I try to be truthful to myself and to my audience. To look at that, one needs to be brave,” he says.

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After 12 years, actor Padmini Kolhapure will return to Marathi films with Shashank Udapurkar’s Pravas. The actor was last seen in Marathi films Chimani Pakhar (2003) and Manthan (2005). This year, she has begun shooting for Pravas and it also marks her first association with veteran actor Ashok Saraf. On what made her select this project, Padmini shares, “I am doing a Marathi film after a really long time. I am pretty impulsive and go by my instincts. To start with, I was getting to work with Ashok Saraf, who is one of the most loved actors in the industry. Secondly, I was impressed at Shashank’s passion and sincerity towards the script and film.”

The Phata Poster Nikla Hero actor adds that she has been poured with film offers, but she prefers to pick the best. “This film kind of clicked with me. Before this,whatever offers came in nothing excited me. For me, the story of the film has to be interesting, then of course, the director, makers and other things come in line.”

Padmini is impressed with the way the Marathi film industry has shaped up. She says, “It is rocking. After Bollywood, it is the Marathi film industry one should reckon with. So many great films are being made, with distinct content and good box office collections. It is getting bigger and better. Also, you see so many Bollywood bigwigs making their entry in it with production houses. Lastly, the Marathi film audience is very intelligent.”

Pravas will be the first film where Padmini will share the screen with Ashok Saraf. The duo has shot for 12 days and she describes it as a fun and dedicated time. “He is fun to work with and extremely dedicated. This makes me pull up my socks . He is very sincere and you can see the kind of sensitivity he has as an actor.”

Padmini will also be seen in Ashutosh Gowarikar’s Panipat and hopes to continue doing more work in the coming years.

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Amid tight security, the maiden stage performance by Bollywood actor Sunny Leone in the city concluded without any hindrance.

Police had tightened the security in and around the venue fearing that the members of a fringe group, Karnataka Rakshana Vedike Yuva Sene , would disrupt the show.

The KRVYS, an offshoot of pro-Kannada organisation Karnataka Rakshana Vedike, has been opposing the event for two reasons first, the event would spoil the culture of Bengaluru and second, Sunny was playing the lead role in a multi-lingual movie Veera Mahadevi, a period drama portraying a warrior.

KRVYS state president R Harish said the agitation was called off as they had inputs that their rival group was planning to stage a parallel agitation only to defame them.

“We wanted a peaceful agitation. Our intention was never to create a commotion. Hence we backed off,” said Harish. The organisers had earlier planned to host the same event last year on December 31 night. However, it could not take place as the organisers had not obtained police permission.

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