Manoj Bajpayee was being supported as one of the contenders for the National Award this year for his acclaimed performance in ‘Aligarh’, but the actor said losing out to Akshay Kumar did not disappoint him.Bajpayee received lot of acclaim for his portrayal of a gay professor in the Hansal Mehta-directed film ‘Aligarh’.This year’s National Award for best actor went to Akshay for ‘Rustom’. Bajpayee has won two National Awards- best actor in supporting role for ‘Satya’ and special jury award for ‘Pinjar’.
“The support that I got from the people was quite overwhelming. At the same time, I would like to congratulate all the winners. Let them celebrate. I will get my chances definitely in the future,” he said. Bajpayee’s latest film ‘Sarkar 3’ marks his reunion with director Ram Gopal Varma after almost 14 years.“For me, it has always been easy to move on from disappointments in life. I am used to it. I don’t base my life and career on any award in this country. Awards shouldn’t be defining you as a person or as an actor,” Bajpayee said.“It’s just the look. We wanted to have the look of Kejriwal and that’s about it. The character is completely different, he is a fiery young politician whose stance is completely opposite to that of Sarkar,” said Bajpayee.
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