The life of Bollywood celebs is something that excites us the most. All the luxuries and special treatments they get are like a dream come true for any individual!!! Right ?? However, reaching the heights of success is something that takes years of hard work which is not everyone’s cup of tea. We only tend to see the fame and luxuries coming to them however, their struggles remain forgotten.
So today, we are have gathered some unknown yet interesting facts about the actor Manoj Bajpayee who is one of the most versatile characters in the Industry. The actor is well-known for the memorable characters that he has played and has a proficiency in method acting in which an actor tries to understand and feel the emotions of the character he or she represents. He is one of those few people who put in that special brio in a character making it more believable. So let’s have a look at some facts about the actor:
Manoj Bajpayee (born 23 April 1969), also credited as Manoj Bajpai, is an Indian film actor who predominantly works in Hindi cinema and has also done Telugu and Tamil language films. He is the recipient of two National Film Awards and four Filmfare Awards. In 2019, he was given India’s fourth-highest civilian honor Padma Shri for his contributions to art.
Bajpayee was born on 23 April 1969 in a small village called Belwa near the town Narkatiaganj in West Champaran, Bihar. He is the second child among his five other 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.
He studied in a hut school till the 4th standard as his father, being a farmer, could not spend much on their education, 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.
He aspired to become an actor since childhood.
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 afterward. He then did the 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 to the National School of Drama for the fourth time, and they offered him a teaching position at the school instead.
He came to Delhi with his friend Ravinder Chaudhary and stayed at his brother’s house for some time. He traveled without a reservation; although he didn’t know that it was illegal. He was told to avoid the TT and for that, he stayed awake the whole night.
While studying in Delhi, his father used to send him 200/- a month and he had to survive in that only.
To try his luck in acting, the Satya actor shifted to Mumbai and started doing small stints in TV shows. He was offered a role in Mahesh Bhatt’s TV show Swabhimaan. Director Ram Gopal Varma spotted him during the casting of his film Daud and offered him a supporting role.
The two-time National Film Award winner was conferred with Padma Shri, India’s fourth-highest civilian award in March 2019. The actor was honored in the field of art (cinema) for his versatile acting in more than 60 films in a career spanning 20 years.
Manoj first heard about NSD in an interview with Naseeruddin Shah, and since then he decided that he would join it one day.
Manoj Bajpayee has learned the semi-classical dance Chau (dance of west Bengal) for 4 years.
Manoj Bajpayee married a girl from Delhi, however, they got divorced during his period of struggle. Later on, in 2006 he went on to marry film actress Neha (real name – Shabana Raza) of Kareeb fame.
Facing a lot of struggle, Manoj Bajpayee did minuscule roles for many years. From a one minute role in Drohkaal in 1994 and dacoit in “Bandit Queen” in the same year to more meager roles in movies like Dastak, Tamanna and Daud. He started with whatever could give him exposure and experience.
Ram Gopal Verma discovered him while casting for Daud. He later apologized to him for giving him a role too small for his caliber and offered him a prominent role in his upcoming film Satya. His character of Bhiku Mhatre from that movie gave him instant success and is still engraved as one of the most memorable characters of Hindi film history.
He believed that Bollywood is a kind of industry that is run by different rich families from the start and their kids then take on their legacy in it, he also said that it is a big deal that actors like Akshay Kumar and Shah Rukh Khan made it to the top.
Manoj Bajpayee has believed in Barry John since the beginning of his career and he considers him as his guide and teacher in everything he has achieved till now.
His upcoming projects include the film ‘Out of the Fire’ which is an upcoming American action thriller film directed by Sam Hargrave and written by Joe Russo.