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Manoj Bajpayee to star in Apurva Asrani's directorial debut

The duo last worked together on Hansal Mehta's Aligarh (2016).

Photo: Apurva Asrani Twitter

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Writer-editor Apurva Asrani is taking on the director's chair for his next project which will star Manoj Bajpayee. The two have previously worked together on Ram Gopal Varma's Satya (1998) and Hansal Mehta's Aligarh (2016). Bajpayee is also coming on board the untitled film as co-producer.

The news was first reported by the daily tabloid, Mumbai Mirror, and Asrani confirmed the news on social media by stating, "Our film is the emotional journey of a forgotten genius who is slowly losing his mind. With it we hope to bring awareness towards mental health in India."

The National Award-winning editor revealed that back when the duo had worked on Satya (1998), Bajpayee had told him to turn to directing after seeing the edit of the film. "So I took a tissue paper and wrote on it that he would act in my first film and paid him Rs1 as a signing amount back in 1998," Asrani told Mumbai Mirror.

Asrani said the upcoming film will begin shooting by the end of the year. It is unclear if the untitled film is based on a real-life character.

In Aligarh (2016), Bajpayee played Professor Siras, the head of the Modern Indian Languages who was suspended from Aligarh Muslim University due to his sexuality. Asrani wrote the screenplay of the film and based the film on Siras's life and death.