Manoj Bajpayee is an Indian film actor who works in Hindi Cinema and has also done Telugu and Tamil language films. Manoj Bajpayee was born on 23 April 1969 in Belwa, a small village in West Champaran, Bihar. He is the recipient of two National Film Awards, four Filmfare Awards and two Asia Pacific Screen Award for Best Performance by an Actor. In 2019, he was given India’s fourth – highest civilian honor Padma Shri for his contributions to art. Manoj Bajpayee also credited as Manoj Bajpai.
In centimetres – 175 cmIn meters – 1.75 mIn feet inches – 5’9″
In kilograms – 68 kgIn pounds – 150 Ibs
Relationship and More :-
Shabana Raza (also known as Neha) Actress
Money Factor :-
4 Crore (INR)
$ 1 Million
About Educational Qualification
Since Childhood, he wanted to become an actor. His father had difficulty collecting money for their education. He studi in a “hut school” till fourth standard, and later did his basic schooling in Bettiah. He completed his 12th class from Maharani Janaki College in Bettiah.
He moved to New Delhi at the age of seventeen and went to Satyawati, then to Ramjas College, Delhi University. Bajpayee had heard about the National School of Drama from actors such as Om Puri and Naseeruddin Shah, so he applied. He was rejected three times and wanted to commit suicide afterwards. He then did director and acting coach Barry John’s workshop after actor Raghubir Yadav’s suggestion. Impressed by Bajpayee’s acting, John hired him to assist him in his teaching. After that he applied at the National School of Drama for the fourth time, and they offered him a teaching position at the school instead.
Educational Qualification :-
Khrist Raja High School, Bettiah.
Satyawati College, Delhi Ramjas College, Delhi.
Graduate in History Drama
Manoj Bajpayee born in a small village called Belwa near the town Narkatiaganj in West Champaran, Bihar. He is the second child among his five siblings, and was named after actor Manoj Kumar. One of his younger sisters Poonam Dubey, is a fashion designer in the film Industry. His father was a farmer and his mother was a housewife. As a son of a farmer, Bajpayee would do farming during their vacation.
Radhakant Bajpai (farmer)
Before making his acting debut, Bajpayee was married to a girl from Delhi, but got divorced during his period of struggle. He met actress Shabana Raza, who is also known as Neha, right her debut film kareeb (1998). The couple married in 2006 and they have a daughter Ava Nayla in 2011.
Manoj made his screen debut with a one-minute-long role in Govind Nihalani’s crime drama Drohkaal in 1994. In the same year, he played the role of dacoit Mann Singh in Shekhar Kapur’s biographical Drama Bandit Queen. He was initially to considered to play the lead role opposite Seema Biswas in the National Film Award – winning movie, but the role eventually went to Nirmal Pandey. The actor was then signed by Mahesh Bhatt to play supporting roles in his directional ventures Dastak (1996) and Tamanna (1998). After that, he played gangster Bhiku Mhatre in Ram Gopal Varma’s 1998 crime drama Satya, which proved to be a breakthrough. His performance in Satya is considered one of his Career-best performances, Bajpayee received the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor and Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor for the Film. He then acted in films like Kaun (1999) and Shook (1999). For the Later, he won his second Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor.
Bajpayee further played the role of a prince with two wives in Zubeidaa (2001), a serial killer in Aks (2001) and a hitchhiker-turned-psychopath Killer in Road (2002). Bajpayee won the Special Jury National Award for Pinjar (2003). This was followed by a series of brief, unnoticed roles in films that failed to propel his career forward. Then he appeared in political thriller Rajneeti (2010) followed by Hans of Wasseypur in 2012. His next roles were of a naxalite in Chakravyuh (2012), and a CBI officer in special 26 (2013), which was inspired from the 1987 Opera House heist. The movie went on to become a critical and commercial success. In 2016, he portrayed professor Ramchandra Siras, in Bansal Mehta’s biographical Drama Aligarh, for which he won his third Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor and the Best Actor Award at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards in 2016.
In 2017, the method actor was signed to play the role of Ranvir Singh in the action spy-thriller Naam Shabana, which was a spin – off to the 2015 movie Baby. Subsequently, Manoj was cast alongside. Amitabh Bachchan, Amit Sadh and Yami Gautam in Sarkar 3 (2017). In the same year, he gave one of the best performances of his career in the psychological drama Gali Guleiyan (2017), which earned him a Best Actor award at the New York Indo-American Arts Council Film Festival.
In 2018, Manoj appeared in the action thriller Aiyaary alongside Sidharth Malhotra and Baaghi 2 alongside Tiger Shroff, though both the films failed to impress the critics. Beside these, he was also seen in Love Sonia (2018), where he portrayed a ruthless trafficker named Faizal. Other significant acting credits in recent times include the vigilante action film SatyaMeva Jayate (2018), the action drama Sonchiriya (2019) and the Netflix film Dhaka (2019). His 2020 releases include Suraj Pe Mangal Bhari and Bhonsle.
Before making his movie debut, Manoj had already made his television debut in 1993 Doordarshan’s drama series Shikast alongside Shammi Kapoor, Kitu Gidwani and Ashutosh Rana, with Naseeruddin Shah being the narrator. Next, he appeared in Hansal Mehta’s Kalakaar, and in DD National’s serial titled Imtihaan, which was directed by Imtiaz Ali. Among his other television appearances are the shows Hum Bombai Nahin Jayenge, Kurukshetra, Swabhimaan and Badalte Rishte.
Bajpayee is often regarded as a method actor and a director’s actor, and is known for his unconventional roles in films. Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui has cited Bajpayee’s performance in Aks as the inspiration for his role as the antagonist in Kick (2014). Bajpayee has also been vocal about the disparity in the pay he commands, in comparison to the top actors in the film industry. He has cited Amitabh Bachchan, Naseeruddin Shah and Raghubir Yadav as his inspiration.
Director Ram Gopal Varma considers him to be “an education” for himself and said he is “simply the best actor I’ve ever worked with.” Shekhar Kapoor, who directed him in Bandit Queen, recalls: “Manoj had the ability to portray a lot just by doing little. He never tried to overplay a scene and seemed totally comfortable with a minimalist statement.” According to director Hansal Mehta, Manoj “has the ability to transform himself like few others.”
Bajpayee’s performance as Bhiku Mhatre in Satya is considered to be one of the most memorable characters of Hindi Cinema, along with his dialogue in it : “Mumbai Ka King Kaun? Bhiku Mhatre” (who is the king of Mumbai? Bhikh Mhatre). Kay Kay Menon credits this character as a turning point for other method actors: “if it were not for Manoj’s brilliant performance in Satya, actors like Irrfan and me might still be waiting to be accepted. Manoj open the doors for us.”