Manoj Bajpayee: South filmmakers learn from world cinema but their stories are rooted in their culture

‘There are several films that I loved, and RRR and Kantara are among them’
Manoj Bajpayee: South filmmakers learn from world cinema but their stories are rooted in their culture

Actor Manoj Bajpayee, who is gearing up for his 100th release Bhaiyya Ji, recently listed RRR (2022) and Kantara: A Legend (2022) among his favourite films and said that South cinema works because the makers are rooted in their culture.

In a recent interview, Manoj talked about storytelling in films. “There has to be an originality in the story and the new story needs to be told to the audience,” he said. “Films in the south are working today because of their filmmakers, their shot taking. They might learn from world cinema but their stories remain rooted in their culture.”

When asked about his favourite South Indian films, the actor said, “There are several films that I loved and RRR and Kantara are among them. I liked Kantara because of the presentation of the culture and the rituals. RRR is among the mainstream films that I liked.”

On the work front, Manoj will be next seen in Bhaiyya Ji, along with Suvinder Vicky and Vipin Sharma. The film will mark the reunion of Manoj with the Sirf Ek Bandaa Kaafi Hai team, director Apoorv Singh Karki and writer Deepak Kingrani. It will be released in theatres on May 24.

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