‘Art has power to influence society’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 31 Jan 2018 10:00:37


By Arundhuti Banerjee,

Veteran actor Manoj Joshi, named among the Padma Shri awardees this year, says any form of art, especially performing arts like theatre and cinema, has a huge power to influence the thought process of the society.
“My heart is filled with gratitude,” Manoj told IANS over phone about being named for the fourth highest civilian award in the country.

Starting a glorious career in theatre, Manoj -- who has worked across Hindi, Gujarati and Marathi languages -- made his debut in television with the daily soap Chanakya and went on working in various TV shows like Ek Mahal Ho Sapno Ka, Kehta Hai Dila and Chakravartin Ashoka Samrat.

Asked about his motivation during his journey, Manoj said, “Whatever play or cinema I have done so far, I always think about its impact on the society, because I know the power of it. Art has the power to influence our society, to impact people’s mind and thought process. So as an actor, I am very conscious of the choice of the story because it is a medium that amalgamates visual, sound, colours and many elements. Therefore, as an artist, I know the power and responsibility of this art form,” he added.

While Manoj is an artiste who has always got respect in his field, he said receiving any token of appreciation from the government is always special.
“This is a very special award for me because when your hard work is appreciated by the government of the country, it becomes special for any person of any field.
“This is a huge respect that the country shows you through the Padma Award. It gives an artist a great sense of achievement,” he said.