Manoj Bajpayee revealed that he was set to star as the lead in a Hollywood film but it didn’t pan out. He added that an astrologer had predicted that it won’t work out. Bajpayee said that, after Pinjar, he signed an international project also starring Lynn Collins, Justin Theroux, Frank Langella, and others.
During a Clubhouse session with The Bollywood Film Club, with Janice Sequeira and Aniruddha Guha as moderators, Manoj Bajpayee talked about his trip to Jaisalmer to film the project. He also met actor Shrivallabh Vyas’ father who was a famous astrologer.
"I was going to get my second National Award for Pinjar, and was supposed to travel to Jaisalmer after that. After the National Award function, the next day, I travelled to Jaisalmer where I was going to do a proper Hollywood film directed by an NRI,” he said.
"“I was playing the lead, Lynn Collins was my female counterpart and Justin Theroux was playing one role, Frank Langella was playing a role in that film and there were (a few other) actors in that film. Everyone was thinking my life's going to be so huge after that film because I was playing the lead with Justin Theroux, Lynn Collins, Frank Langella.”" - Manoj Bajpayee, Actor
Manoj then revealed that Shrivallabh Vyas had asked him to have lunch with his parents and suggested that he show his birth chart to his father, the astrologer.
"We were having lunch and then I came to know that his father is a great astrologer and he was a very old person. He could hardly manage to speak. Shrivallabh said 'No, no, no, show your chart to my father,” Manoj said.
"“He's a great astrologer in Rajasthan and he's the astrologer to the King of Jaisalmer.' Then I requested his father to please tell me what would happen to this film. He said, 'Nothing would happen.'"" - Manoj Bajpayee, Actor
"So I said, 'Uncle, please see again, there must be something.' He repeated, 'No, I can't see anything.' Then I came out, one part of your heart is saying it's true and one part of your heart is saying it's not true. We all wrapped up and came back and nothing happened," he added.
The incident took place almost two decades ago and Manoj hasn’t worked on a Hollywood project yet. However, he’d told Hindustan Times earlier that he has been getting offers but he isn’t ‘dying to go there just because its Hollywood’.
On the career front, Manoj will be seen in Zee5’s Dial 100.
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