The Family Man 2 promises to be an absolute cracker and the announcement has fueled excitement among the fans. Amid this, we revisit some of Manoj Bajpayee’s most solid scenes.
Manoj Bajpayee Picture Courtesy: Yogen Shah
Manoj Bajpayee is a powerhouse of a performer who never allows himself to overpower the script. The actor blends into the world he’s thrown in and seldom manages to strike a false note. For those who prefer consuming content sitting at home, he gave them a riot of a show called 'The Family Man'.
Few can amalgamate thrill and humour as meticulously as Raj and DK. With this series, they gave Bajpayee another celebrated role in his repertoire. The official announcement of Season 2 has given all a reason to crack a smile and as the show arrives in June, here’s looking back at some of the actor’s most solid scenes in his career:
Satya- A Gangster Awakens
‘Mumbai ka King kaun? Bhiku Mhatre,’ declared Bajpayee with a delicious grin. It’s definitely an iconic scene but the moment that stands out is the one where he senses how he may be a mere pawn in Bhau’s personal gains, the conniving and crafty politician he works for. Satya, his best friend, explains how it’s time for Bhiku to be the first one to attack and conquer the ground. What follows is a breathless chase and a beautifully filmed daylight execution.
Shool- The Final Encounter
'Shool' still remains one of his most fiery characters and performances. An Inspector clashes with the local politician Bachchu Yadav and incurs his wrath. Very similar to Prakash Mehra’s 'Zanjeer', 'Shool' was about a man’s principles put to threat and jeopardy. It was a film about clash of ideologies and the battle between good and evil. In the final encounter of the hero and villain, Bajpayee delivers a choking monologue and shoots the villain in the head. It was indeed his 'final encounter,' hopefully.
Aks- Raghavan Returns
In Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s psychological thriller 'Aks', Bajpayee played a remorseless criminal named Raghavan. He’s known for his eerie laugh and quoting the Bhagavad Geeta every time he’s eliminated a target. He’s shot dead by Inspector Manu Verma but his spirit comes back to haunt him. Bachchan is shocked, Bajpayee is overjoyed, and we are stirred.
Gangs of Wasseypur- Sardar Khan Will Be Back
In the final shot of Anurag Kashyap’s sprawling and absorbing crime drama 'Gangs of Wasseypur', Sardar Khan, a character Manoj Bajpayee made his own, is shot multiply by his rivals. He gets down from the car with a gun in his hand, his anger and arrogance intact, and before collapsing and succumbing to his wounds, silently declares that he will be back. Obviously his return won’t be physical, but the war is not over yet. Even Arnold Schwarzenegger would smile at this cheerful declaration.
Aligarh- Everything is fair in love
Hansal Mehta’s 'Aligarh' was a moving portrait on what happens when two people of the same sex fall in love. Social media may paint our nation as progressive, a part of the country still gazes at homosexuality with disdain and disgust. Professor Siras was a victim of such repulsive thoughts too. He breaks down in one scene and Deepu, a journalist played by Rajkummar Rao, consoles him, and perhaps we needed some consoling at this tender moment too. Wasn't everything fair in Love?