Manoj Pahwa: “My relatives thought someone did witchcraft because I wanted to act”


Bollywood actor Manoj Pahwa will soon be in seen in Anubhav Sinha’s action thriller ‘Anek’. In a recent interview with India Today, the actor spoke about what it was like to break away from the family business and pursue acting.

He recalls how his family body shamed him reminding him he was 110 kgs and therefore unfit to work in the movie industry. He also shares how frustrated he felt about only being given comic roles and being labelled as a “comedian”. He shares that it was Anubhav Sinha’s movie ‘Mulk’ which gave him the platform to play a negative role and branch out in terms of kind of roles he could get.

During the same interview, Manoj touched upon his decision to move to Mumbai to pursue acting. He said, “I left my father’s business at the age of 30 and moved to Mumbai to become an actor. I was married and had two children. I had family responsibilities. My relatives would say that someone has done some kind of witchcraft on me and that I am 110 kg overweight and want to become a hero.”

He also shares how his initial roles in movies and TV shows gave him the label of a comedian, which really frustrated him. “I got frustrated with the roles being offered in films. There was nothing solid but I had to do (those roles) because, in the end, I had to run a family. Then I saw a shift when Article 15, Dil Dhadakne Do, Mulk came. Of course, Anubhav Sinha had told me that he had doubts when he offered Mulk to me. He said that his team was not certain as I was labelled as a comedian and the role was serious. But he took the chance and see! The award that I ever got in my career is Best Actor for a negative role for Article 15. It is ironic,” he said.

Manoj Pahwa made his acting debut with the 1996 movie, ‘Tere Mere Sapne’, in which he played the role of Detective Mirchandani. He has also made appearances in movies like ‘Josh’, ‘Taal’, ‘Salaam-E-Ishq’, ‘Darna Zaroori Hai’, ‘Judwaa 2’, ‘Veere Di Wedding’, ‘Article 15’, ‘Wanted’, ‘Mulk’ and many more.

Besides ‘Anek’, Manoj Pahwa will also be seen in the web series ‘Home Shanti‘.


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