Actor Manoj Bajpayee known for his powerful and versatile performances, has already created a buzz among his fans and the industry with his upcoming project "Sirf Ek Bandaa Kafi Hai". "Sirf Ek Bandaa Kaafi Hai" narrates the story of a lawyer who tirelessly battled for five long years to obtain justice for a young girl who a godman had sexually assaulted.
Well, talking about the same, Manoj Bajpayee, in a candid conversation with India Forums, shed light on good parenting as he narrated his daughter's experience.
While speaking to us, he said that it is crucial for a child to feel safe to confide their day-to-day incidences to their parents. He also shared an example of his daughter Aabha.
He had an incident where his daughter was being hugged by his friend who had no kids of his own. The daughter didn't like it and requested her father to tell the friend not to hug her. He said, "Meri beti 6-7 saal ki thi, aur mere bohot hi ache dost usko bache nahi the, toh jab kabhi vo meri bachi se milta tha toh bohot hi physically milta tha, usko hug karta tha bohot sara. Ek din maine kaha mai jaraha hu uss uncle ke pass, sham ko I am going to sit with him and will have dinner with him. Maine kaha meri daughter ko chalo tum bhi chalo, toh vo mere sath jaa rahi thi toh usne kaha, "papa mein ek baat bolu?, maine kaha bolo, toh kehti hain aap uncle ko kaho ki mujhe hug na kare, mujhe chue nahi mujhe acha nahi lagta." (My daughter was 6-7 years old and a very good friend of mine who didn't have a child of his own always greeted her with lot of love and hugs, quite physically. So one evening I asked my daughter that I will be going to my friends place for dinner would you join me. To which she agreed but later requested me that dad can you please tell uncle to not hug me so much because i don't like it.)
He further continued saying, "Ab dusra koi baap hota toh kehta kya baat hai vo mera dost hai, vo hug karta hai toh pyaar karta hai tumse! Lekin mere liye vo ek chetavni thi. Agar isse achaa nahi lagta hai toh mai usee bol dunga ki tum aisa mat kar isko." (Well, in my place some other father would have scolded her for taking his friends' intentions wrongly but for me it was a warning and hence I told my friend that she doesn't like it so don't hug her.)
"Main jab pohcha toh maine usse boldia, the moment i said mere dost ne khud hi kaha, "Arey Aabha koi dikkat nahi hain, abse hum hath milake baat karenge, is that alright Aabha." (And as soon as I told him that he himself agreed and asked my daughter no worries henceforth we will shake hands when we meet is that okay with you?)
He concluded that his friend respected the child's wisdom and agreed to greet her with a handshake instead. He said, "To which she said yes. So aap bache ko for granted mat lo, kab aap bache ko woh shakti dete ho ki vo apko bata paye, toh aage aur bhi batayegi vo apko, aage aur bhi apne discomfort apke saath share karegi jab maa baap uski kahe huve ko manenge tab, jab uska bharosa jeet lenge tab." (So let's not take our kids for granted, if you give that power for your kids to confide within you that's when you will win their trust.)
The actor encouraged parents to empower their children to speak up and share their discomfort, as it can lead to stronger trust and communication between them.
Talking about the film, it is said to be inspired by true events. One look at the trailer is enough for you to conclude that it is based on the case of self-styled godman Asaram Bapu who was convicted in the rape case of a minor. Bajpayee plays the character of PC Solanki - the lawyer who won the case against Asaram for the child. Bajpayee headlines the courtroom drama and is all set to release on Zee5 on May 23, 2023.