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Manoj Bajpayee opens up about his big Hollywood debut 

Monday, August 2, 2021 • Hindi Comments

Talented actor Manoj Bajpayee has made a big name for himself in Hindi Cinema now but there was a time when the actor almost starred in leading role in a full fledged Hollywood project. Back in early 2000s Manoj was cast in a international film alongside stars like Lynn Collins, Frank Langella and Justin Theroux. However, Manoj was told by a fortune teller that the project has no future and that's exactly what happened.

Recalling the incident, Manoj said, "I was about to get my second National Award for Pinjar and after that, I was supposed to go to Jaisalmer. After my National Award function, the next day, I travelled to Jaisalmer. There I was going to do a proper Hollywood film which was being directed by an NRI. 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."

One day Manoj visited actor Shrivallabh Vyas' home and had a meeting with his father who was an astrologer. Manoj recalls, "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. 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.' 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."

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