Present at the trailer launch of Aiyaary in Mumbai earlier this week, Manoj, asked to share his experience of working with Neeraj Pandey with whom he has done films like Special 26 and Baby, praised his director, saying he was sick during shooting, “but still he kept the team together and kept the spirit really high all the time”.
“It made the entire difficult task look so easy. We shot the film in different locations and they have their own challenges apart from our director not feeling well. But the result we saw during dubbing is amazing and I feel so proud of this film. This is definitely going to be one of the best film of my career,” said Manoj.
Pandey, asked if he ever thought about making Aiyaary a part of the Baby franchise since the film seem to have a similar backdrop from the trailer, said, “Not at all. These are completely different films actually. Baby was an espionage action-thriller and Aiyaary, in my opinion, is a drama thriller.”
Performing in the film along with many veterans like Anupam Kher, Naseeruddin Shah, and Manoj, Sidharth Malhotra, asked if he felt any pressure to perform, said, “More than pressure I was more excited to share the screen with so many actors I admire. Even the director… I have been a big fan of his work.”
“I think there was an excitement to be in the same frame and do such work with Manoj sir who is dramatic and the whole film is based on a relationship between these two characters,” Sidharth added.
Aiyaary, set to release on 26th January 2018 tells the tale of two Indian Army officers. A mentor. And his protégé. Two officers with a patriotic heart suddenly have fallout.
The mentor, Colonel Abhay Singh, intelligence par excellence has complete faith in the system of the country. While protégé Major Jai Bakshi thinks otherwise because of what he has seen and heard in his recent stint in surveillance.
Jai Bakshi decides to turn rogue and this is what kicks off the story.
Abhay has 36 hours to rein in Jai while Jai sits on a secret that can bring down the Government.