Calling all traffic policemen bribe-seekers irresponsible: Manoj Bajpayee

Mumbai, April 27 (IANS) Actor Manoj Bajpayee, who plays a traffic constable in his upcoming thriller “Traffic”, says that terming all traffic officials as bribe-seekers is an irresponsible act, since it is the common man who offers bribes to them.

“It is easy to say that traffic officials take money (bribe), but it is the common man who offers bribe to the traffic police. From your experiences you also know that no one allows their license to get confiscated.

“Calling all of them (traffic policemen), bribe-seekers will be a very irresponsible action of ours,” said Manoj, present at the launch of Big FM’s show “Big Heroes”.

In the film, Manoj plays a traffic constable who has committed a mistake and lost all respect. A situation where a heart has to be transported from one place to another in the extreme traffic of Mumbai, offers him the challenge to gain that lost respect, a challenge he takes up despite the risks associated with it.

About the challenges of a traffic constable, Manoj said: “In the extreme heat, standing for 30 minutes, while you’re waiting for a bus, the glow on your face vanishes, but they do about 18 hours duty, while being away from their families.”

The film is a remake of the Malayalam film of the same name. ‘Green corridors’ in traffic to transport hearts and organs have organised regularly.

Manoj said: “And when it’s about the green corridor the whole department right from commissioner to lower level, comes to the streets, and anyhow try to transport the organ with their hard work, to save that one life. If we recognize and appreciate them, they will feel satisfied.”

“Traffic” also stars Jimmy Sheirgill, Sachin Khedekar, Divya Dutta among others.

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