Manoj Bajpai wanted to turn producer for Anurag Kashyap
Actor Manoj Bajpai, who plays the lead in Anurag Kashyap's "Gangs of Wasseypur", says he had once thought of turning producer for Kashyap's unreleased project "Paanch".
After writing many path breaking scripts, Kashyap was supposed to make his debut as a director with "Paanch" in 2003 but the film ran into trouble with the Censor board and has not been released till date. It was loosely based on the 1976-77 Joshi-Abhyankar serial murders in Pune.
"That was the time when I was not just planning to act in Anurag's 'Paanch' but also co-produce. He had written three career changing films for me - 'Satya', 'Kaun', 'Shool' - and I knew this guy would go a long way. He narrated 'Paanch' to me and I loved it," Bajpai told PTI.
Some misunderstandings developed between the two after that and they did not work with each other for quite some time. The 43-year-old actor, known for playing offbeat and unconventional roles, said he reunited with the filmmaker for "Gangs of Wasseypur" over an emotional encounter.
"Anurag called me one night and he told me about a script that he had for me. He wanted to narrate it a day or two later but I insisted to have the narration on the same night. "I drove for Anurag's place and he narrated 'Gangs of Wasseypur' to me. I gave my consent to the part," he said.