Professor Siras lived a quiet, lonely life and only ever found snatches of love and companionship in the dark of night. He died a quiet, untimely, unjust death. Manoj Bajpai brought his story back to life. His earthy, authentic portrayal of a simple man’s life gone terribly awry made people realize that in some corner of India, a man was killed for loving — for loving the wrong person, for loving a poor man, for loving a man.
With this award, Manoj Bajpai joins the ranks of cinema greats like Prithviraj Kapoor, Satyajit Ray, Shyam Benegal, Gulzar, and Dilip Kumar.