National Award winning actor Manoj Bajpayee, who shares screen space with Sidharth Malhotra in the upcoming movie Aiyaary, says working with the young actor is “great”. “Sidharth is a great guy to work with and a great guy to know. Manoj Bajpayee has almost become an integral part of Neeraj Pandey films. Be it Special 26 or Naam Shabana, or even a short film Ouch in between, Manoj and Neeraj have struck a close bond.
Aiyaary, which also stars Sidharth Malhotra, Rakul Preet Singh, Adil Hussain, Naseeruddin Shah, Anupam Kher and Kumud Mishra, is the story about two army officers. Here, Manoj plays the mentor and Sidharth, his protege. When asked what he learns working with the younger lot of actors in his films, Manoj said, “How to compete with them by staying young! That’s a tough task (laughs).”
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On a serious note, he explains, “This generation is supposed to do various things that we were not. We really had to work hard to find one information. And here they are who have grown up watching world cinema, their knowledge is immense. I really feel they are far ahead when it comes to information and knowledge. Sitting with them, observing them, once you just surrender to them, you learn so much, you suddenly realise that you have to know so much. Though there is no comparison but what we can do is, we can up our game when it comes to learning few things from them.”
Aiyaary shifted its release date twice. Now it will release on February 16.