Manoj Bajpayee has been a part of Bollywood since over two decades. Even though rejection from the National School of Drama led to him almost committing suicide, he now believes that he has started enjoying the “insult” of the word ’no’.
“I have realised that rejection is nothing but a sign that one needs to work hard. Rejection is not negative, it makes you look at things very realistically and practically. I have started enjoying the rejection, misery and the whole insult of hearing ‘no’ from people.”
“It gives me the strength to knock the door harder next time. I believe it depends on how you look at it. I won’t say you are not supposed to feel sad or dejected, but what matters is how better you come out of it,” Bajpayee told PTI.
“When you fall there is the pain, but how quickly you get over that pain and move ahead is key,” he says while talking about dejection and optimism. Even with his experience, he still has a fear of empty theatres. “That fear still exists because it comes true most of the times.
I am so used to having less or no audience. But in all of this, the great positive I find is that just because of the kind of journey I had I manage to get over any low easily. That is one positive I derive from this process.”