Interview: “Earlier he used to be shy and I enjoyed teasing and flirting with him”, says Tabu.


Manoj, how it feels being a producer?

Being producer wasn’t my decision. It was Neeraj Pandey’s decision, I respect and trust his decision. It never planned but he asked me so I jumped in between. Tabu is my old friend, that’s the reason she din’t trouble us more and Annu Kapoor gets ready in less also. These are the 3 characters in the film it’s more of a hotel story and the difficult part was to shoot the climax scene were director has decided he want 50 feet crane and that was the only crane in whole Mauritius.

 

Why the father looks lost though his daughter is missing?

Every man is confused ha-ha. He is such a man who represent the manhood. Everybody will keep guessing the movie. But there is nothing to guess this is intriguing film which keeps you intriguing, encouraging and also keeps you involve in the content. That’s why this will be different experience for all of you. It is not just thriller but you can relate it to yourself. it was unique experience for me to perform such a strong character.

You (Manoj) and Tabu are reuniting after 18 years, what are the changes you saw in each other?

She contributed too much but I saw change in tabu that earlier she was very reserved     whether we were on set shooting or talking to media, she was also guarded in terms of people or media and her personality has changed. Now she can express herself and also talk to new people. Adding further Tabu said even she noticed the same change in Manoj, earlier he used to be shy and I enjoyed teasing him and flirting with him. He used to get red I remember one incident where I went to his van and he got scared and was jumping out of the van. I and Jitesh we both used to tease him. And now he is bit open and used too.

What brought the change? (Tabu)

It’s being so long working, you don’t have any choice. Its people in the industry where you are dealing with and you become more confident workwise. I see Manoj ji has grown up as an artist and every day I see growth in manoj. Someday I used to keep him reminding that we are on shoot because he is so involved. He doesn’t carry the baggage. He make so comfortable that one can get in the zone to discuss anything. I know whatever I say he doesn’t feel offended and this is the big advantage which sometimes I exploit.

What is missing in your life?

Not really but in life you know everybody is missing something whether in reality or practically they are with somebody or not with anybody but still something is missing in everyone’s life all the time. They can’t even pin point what is missing and that is why they are living their life and searching all the time for what’s missing. Tabu added to it and said that somewhere we all are missing peace of mind.

Manoj can we see your negative shade in this movie?

This is the beauty of film, each and every character has an extreme positive site. All the characters are looking very strong and everybody has vulnerable moment in the movie. This film is very special and unique.

Tabu, everyone out there is comparing the film to your previous film Drishyam?

There is no similarity in the film in terms of character or actor or story or plot nothing is similar. I don’t find anything similar apart from the missing fact.

Manoj, even they are comparing it with baaghi 2?

No, this is not similar to any movie and not even adaption. It’s real movie, I like people’s curiosity and let them guess. If people are guessing that means they are taking interest and I’m also very confident about the movie.

On success of bagghi 2? (Manoj)

Manoj said that Ahmed is a good friend and also Mukesh Chhabra and both have decided to cast me but I’m very happy because said and his team made me feel star. For Tiger I’m very happy because Sajid is already a successful producer but the people who needed success is Ahmed. But I’m very happy for Tiger, he is very hard working and I have seen him doing hard work.

Manoj, Bollywood considers you a serious actor… so you take it as a compliment or as a burden?

 No, I don’t take it as a burden at all. This is the beauty that when you are doing what you want to do at the same time mentally you should be ready not to take yourself seriously. Go and take participate and enjoy your life. We are actor were ever we get part to perform we enjoy it.

The film is all set to release on 6th April .

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