'No Issues With Abhishek' - Manoj Bajpayee
By Joginder Tuteja, MovieTalkies.com, 01 September 2012
Around two years ago when Abhishek Bachchan's Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey had released, there was quite some bad blood that had floated around. Anurag Kashyap had openly conveyed his displeasure over the film gaining preference over Chittagong (based on the same subject) which featured Manoj Bajpayee in the same role (of Master da) as Abhishek. Now that the film is finally releasing, all is conveniently forgotten.
"Anurag has moved on from the episode and while he is co-producing Chittagong, he has told one and all that there are no issues anymore with the Bachchans. Same holds good for Manoj too who, with the passage of time, has chosen to forget the episode and is in good terms with the Bachchans", informs a common source.
Not many are aware that Ashutosh Gowariker's Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey as well as first timer Bedabrata Pain's Chittagong boast of the same historic incident when a bunch of teenagers had tried to push British out of their land. When both filmmakers were ready with their respective take on the event, it was Abhishek's version that released first. When the film flopped badly, Manoj's film had to wait since it was considered futile to release it at that time.
Now that Chittagong is all to release next month, one can well foresee comparisons being made all over again not just between the two films but also Manoj Bajpayee and Abhishek Bachchan. However former isn't really taking the delay to his heart and also states that there are no issues whatsoever with Abhishek.
"Abhishek is someone whom I am really familiar with. I respect him and have high regard for that man", says Manoj, "I am prepared for any comparisons that come in, whether for good or for bad. If you compare me with Abhishek then it will only make me happy; no issues around that."
Guess what Abhishek has to say on this now.