Manoj Bajpayee and Naseeruddin Shah are one of the finest actors in the industry and there is no denying to the fact. This is something very few people know that Bajpayee considers Naseeruddin as his idol and he is someone whom he really looks up to when it comes to acting tips.
Though the actor on various occasions showed his admiration for Shah and most recently on Filmcompanion’s Roundtable 2019. The event was also attended by Vijay Sethupathi, Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone, Ayushmann Khurrana, Alia Bhatt, Parvathy, and Vijay Deverakonda.
Manoj on the occasion told that he never got the opportunity to work with Shah. But strangely if we look at Manoj Bajpayee and Naseeruddin Shah’s filmography, they share four movies, which also includes Manoj’s credited debut film, Drohkaal. Apart from that, there is also Dus Kahaaniyan, Raajneeti and more recently, Aiyaary that came out in 2018.
In two of the four films — Raajneeti, and Dus Kahaaniyan – both the actors never had even one scene together. But that’s not the case with Govind Nihalani’s Drohkaal, where Manoj’s first scene was with Naseeruddin Shah.
In Neeraj Pandey’s Aiyaary where Naseeruddin Shah has a cameo, also had the two of them together in a scene.
Check out the full roundtable video: