Manoj Bajpayee On Dial 100 Climax Scene: 'The Last 15 Minutes Will Completely Shake You Up And You Will Not Be Able To Take It Out Of Your Mind'

In a recent interview, actor Manoj Bajpayee talks about his recently released thriller film Dial 100. Directed by Rensil D’Silva, the film stars Neena Gupta and Sakshi Tanwar. Dial 100 is currently streaming on Zee5.

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Manoj Bajpayee On Dial 100 Climax Scene: 'The Last 15 Minutes Will Completely Shake You Up And You Will Not Be Able To Take It Out Of Your Mind'

What kind of response did you receive for the trailer of Dial 100?

 It’s been fantastic, people are intrigued and excited to see the film they loved the trailer. We have been receiving thousands of responses to the trailer. It does make sense and it does give us hope, positivity and now we are looking forward to the release. We are quite excited to know that how people will find the film.

 Director Renzil D'Silva wrote for your film 'Aks' with Amitabh Bachchan and now he directed you in Dial 100, how was it working with him after so many years?

I mean he’s a very nice guy. He is very soft-spoken, so whatever you want to tell him you tell it very softly and he will answer. If he doesn’t agree with your performance, he just requests you to do one more and one more and he’s also someone who doesn’t compromise. He does what he thinks is right. What I  enjoyed the most was that the atmosphere on the sets was so great just because your director is so soft-spoken and mild manner. The entire set hails accordingly. So it was a fantastic atmosphere because of Rensil’s nature and he is not a filmy guy at all.  If he thinks anything and if he has any criticism about you, he will tell you on your face but without hurting you, without offending you. He is very honest that way. Yeah, it was lovely working with him.

So does the film has a message at the end of the film?

There is a big message. The last 15 minutes will completely shake you up and you will not be able to take it out of your mind so easily.

Rensil mentioned that Dial 100 is not like your other cop films, care to elaborate?

I am not playing a police officer, I am playing a middle-class guy who is a failed husband and a failed father. Who happens to be a police guy. So I always try to play the person who is wearing the uniform. So that is something I always keep in my mind that I am not only a cop I am a middle-class guy first with all his problems and a father, and a husband, and then the character becomes memorable, then the character becomes exciting for an actor to do.

 It’s a one-night story and with this kind of character, the fluidity and the flow of performance to maintain that is very difficult. When you’ll see the film you will realize that the performance is being captured in real-time. So to keep the consistency to keep the continuity with the performance it’s very crucial. And to keep the thrill at the same time, so that people can relate to it, is very very difficult with this kind of a story.

For Rensil Thriller come quite easily, but how do you see the genre by itself?

I think this is genre is very fascinating. Whenever I get the film (thriller), even above average script, I always try to just jump into it. Dial 100 is not about only running against time but it is also a story about a father who is not a great father at home, or a great husband at home. Now in one night, everything about him is challenged, he now has to prove himself. Even though it's a thriller, it is also talking about a major alarming social issue that the children and the parents of the children are facing.

On a personal note do you enjoy thriller series/ films what kind of shows do you enjoy?

I enjoy all kinds of films. But they have to be engaging, they have to have some quality and I’m not somebody who likes one kind of genre, it doesn’t matter which genre it belongs to.

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