New Delhi : He has established a niche for himself as 'realistic' actor with films like ‘Satya’, ‘Tamanna’, ‘Bandit Queen’ and the recent ‘Aligarh’.
Bollywood actor Manoj Bajpayee says that it is easier to essay characters closer to real life compared to fictional characters.
Talking to reporters during the promotion of his latest film ‘Budhia Singh: Born to run’, based on life of child marathon runner Budhia Singh, Manoj said,''to play a fictional character, one has to undergo a lot of preparation.
In comparison, it is quite easy to play a role closer to real life. For, all information on a real life person is easily available on the internet which makes it easy for you to determine how to play the character.
'' The actor, who plays Budhia Singh coach Birji Das in the film, said playing the character was easy for him as a lot of information about Birji Das is already available on the you tube.
''Ever since the case of Budhia Singh made headlines nine years ago , I have wanted to play the role of his coach Birji Das.
Fortunately for me, I got an offer to act in the film, which I accepted immediately,'' Manoj said.
Manoj, however, admitted that he did face problems with child actor Mayur Patole who plays Budhia Singh in the film.
He said on the sets of the film he was like a father to Patole. Directed by Soumendra Padhi, the movie is based on wonder boy Budhia Singh, who ran 48 marathons, when he was only five-years-old.