With few words and loads of splendid acting, Manoj Bajpayee creates the magic in ‘Joram’

Watch film ‘Joram’ for the powerful and excellent acting of Manoj Bajpayee and the extra-ordinary true style of storytelling and apt direction of Devashish Makhija

Committed to portray the burning social issues, Writer and Director of ‘Joram’ Devashish Makhija who knows how to narrate the story and through whom  


Ahmedabad, Dec 7: An acting stalwart who is one of the finest exponents of method acting in the country, Manoj Bajpayee is an actor for all seasons. In an illustrious career that has extended over 29 years, he has immortalised characters of all shades in movies belonging to diverse genres. Needless to say, accolades have come beckoning in the form of multiple Filmfare and National Film Awards. With his versatile acting skills and intense performances this method actor is famous for his unconventional roles in films.

Joram is a 2023 Indian Hindi-language thriller film written and directed by Devashish Makhija and produced by Zee Studios with Makhijafilm. It stars Manoj Bajpayee, Tannishtha Chatterjee, and Smita Tambe.

Director of the film ‘Joram’ Devashish Makhija and director’s actor Manoj Bajpayee were in Ahmedabad to share their thought about the already famous and internationally acclaimed film ‘Joram’ before the media in Ahmedabad.

Director of the film ‘Joram’ Devashish Makhija, shared his thoughts on why he needs to make such films. He said, “All my stories have been inspired by social political issues throughout my life, that is why I get angry, many questions arise and when I put these questions in my films. The audience can find the answers to those questions for themselves. There are many such questions in my mind which have been troubling me for 20 years.” 

He added, “I want to make films of every genre, but in every genre of film, there will be such questions somewhere because I have assigned myself the task of showing a mirror to society as a storyteller for life.”

Manoj Bajpayee while speaking about his acting in the film ‘Joram’ said “I want to do all kinds of acting. The actor in me constantly evolves and thus I want to surprise myself, this is why I take all my roles seriously. After a patient and complete hearing to my director I process my character. It is a lonely process wherein I prepare myself for the role within the four walls of my house. After sitting with Debashish whose caliber and understanding is phenomenal and praiseworthy I gathered the fact that he is not going to give me too many words. For, seasoned actors can fool with lots of words delivery. But, here I had limited words so I had to get into the character with each and every frame mentally and physically, be cautious and truthful to the character. I had to convey his pain, conflict, thrill, happiness, all the emotions and expressions. These days cameras are too advanced, you can’t fool your audience, you have to give your 200 per cent as an actor and be with the character and get into the skin of it. After seeing the result I am glad that we are getting acknowledged for it.

The cast and crew of Manoj Bajpayee’s upcoming film Joram had to endure extreme heat and sandstorms during their shoot in Jharkhand’s operational iron ore mines, the film’s director Devashish Makhija has said, revealing that all the actors and non-actors on the sets had to take safety measures that professional miners take to protect themselves.

“The only preoccupation I am conscious of is my political and social rage,” the 44-year-old director of Oonga (2013), Ajji (2017) and Bhonsle (2018) says. “The starting point of all my films is rage, then everything else starts to pile on layer by layer.”

Debashish’s fourth feature, Joram, follows Jharkhandi tribal Dasru (Manoj Bajpayee), a Mumbai construction worker who has to escape to his village Jhinpidi with his baby daughter Joram, a word, Makhija says, represents the “legacy of nature, of sustainability, of the feminine energy that births the future”. Dasru had once been part of the Naxalite struggle against government-backed mining corporations. 

Those hunting Dasru include Mumbai policeman Ratnakar (Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub) and Jharkhandi politician Phulo Karma (Smita Tambe). Ratnakar is initially non-committal but his worldview changes as he goes deep into the heart of Dasru’s ravaged homeland. Karma, driven by righteous anger, has a score to settle.

“Due to Covid we had to push our shoot to May, which is considered as the hottest month of the year in Jharkhand. In the iron ore mines which is the hottest, dustiest and most extreme place with no green cover in Jharkhand. It was 51-52 degrees”  

After successful promotional events in Patna and Bangalore, Manoj Bajpayee and director Devashish Makhija’s team brought the ‘Joram’ fever to Ahmedabad, creating a buzz throughout the city. The atmosphere was filled with enthusiasm as they received a warm welcome from the local colleges, where the students welcomed them with great excitement. During the promotions, Manoj Bajpayee, with his characteristic charm, rode a boat with media and enthusiastic fans.

Expressing his gratitude for the warm welcome in Ahmedabad, Manoj shares, “Being here is truly special; connecting with the community feels wonderful. ‘Joram’ is not just a film; it is a search for establishment and existence. I believe it carries the potential to harness the latent power within all of us. I am eager to see everyone and share their thoughts.”

In ‘Joram,’ Manoj Bajpayee showcases a portrayal that mesmerizes the audience, depicting a gripping life story that has already generated immense expectations worldwide.

Directed by Devashish Makhija, written by Devashish Makhija, Aashima Chaudhary, Anupama Bose, and Devashish Makhija, the film is produced by Piyush Puty’s Cinematic Vision and Benaras Mediaworks.

With Piyush Puty’s cinematic vision and Abhro Banerjee’s editing mastery, Manoj Bajpayee and Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub star in the film. Mangesh Dhakde has composed the soul-stirring music. The collaborative effort of Z Studios and Makhija Film brings ‘Joram’ to life, a cinematic landmark that has captivated audiences and critics alike, and is set to release on December 8th.