"I am very passionate about Hindi language. 'Satya' made me a commercially successful actor. After that I slowly started getting work in this industry. The day I realised I am in a position to make demands, I decided not to read any director's script if it is not typed in Hindi. I am stubborn on this issue," Manoj said at the Lit-O-Fest, a literature festival, here.

Manoj also said that the Hindi language is his 'strength'.

The 'Shool' actor said that he believes in encouraging literary work in Hindi and feels literary festivals should be organised frequently.

Giving an example of megastar of Amitabh Bachchan, he said, "Amit ji is a big admirer and supporter of his father Harivansh Rai Bachchan's work. He always attempts to bring Harivanshji's work in public in different ways. So it is our responsibility to inspire Hindi writers and poets because they are hugely contributing to make our Hindi culture rich".

On the work front, Manoj is gearing up for the release of Hansal Mehta's film 'Aligarh', which is based on the real life incident of Dr Srinivas Ramchandra Siras, who was suspended from his job because of his sexual orientation.

'Aligarh' will release on Friday.

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