By RAHUL RAUT

Filmmaker Neeraj Pandey’s next film ‘Aiyaary’ that stars Sidharth Malhotra and Manoj Bajpayee is an espionage thriller based on the relationship of a mentor and protege. Inspired by true story, the film has both actors playing two strong-minded Army officers, who have completely different views but are right in their own ways. The film has been completed and is scheduled for 26th January 2018 release.

Sidharth Malhotra and Manoj Bajpayee in AiyaaryHowever, we have learnt that the theme “mentor-student relationship” wasn’t restricted to the film only. Apparently, Manoj and Sidharth turned out to be real mentor-protege and developed a fantastic bond by the end of the film’s shooting. Manoj who is a senior and successful actor and has also done theatres taught Sidharth acting skills like a true acting couch. They used to discuss cinema and performance after they were done with shoots.

Says Sidharth, “It’s been great and I have learnt a lot from him in Aiyaary. He would take the time to discuss certain scenes, the prep he had done, and how important it is for an actor to work on his craft. He would teach me little things about acting every day. He used to give me exercises to bring out the best in me as an actor. With him, it has been a great learning experience from just talking to him about acting, to exercises and preparation.”

Sidharth Malhotra and Manoj Bajpayee in AiyaaryEventually, Sidharth also attended a few acting workshops that Manoj conducts himself. The ‘Ek Villain’ actor says the workshop helped him absorb the two-time National Award-winning actor’s work closely and grow his own craft as a performer. “I think that since Manoj Bajpayee is from theatre he is more pure as an actor, and he was far more involved in helping me, and making the environment nice and comfortable for me in Aiyaary, even though we have very few scenes together in the film,” he states adding that ‘Aiyaary’ is “more of a cat-and-mouse game” kind of film.

A short sizzle of ‘Aiyaary’ was released on YouTube yesterday and by the look of it, the film looks extremely promising. Sidharth revealed that the trailer of the movie is ready and it’s quite different from what he has done in the past. He promised that ‘Aiyaary’ is made in a new zone and is a completely different thriller.