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Who is Manoj Bajpayee

Manoj Bajpayee Age, Height, Family, Affairs, Profile, Biography & More
Manoj Bajpayee was born on April 23, 1969, also known as Manoj Bajpai, is an Indian film actor who mainly works in Hindi cinema and has also made films in Telugu and Tamil. He received two National Film Awards, four Filmfare Awards and two Asia Pacific Screen Awards for Best Performance by an Actor. In 2019, he received the fourth highest Indian civilian honor Padma Shri for his contributions to art.

Born in Belwa, a small village in Narkatiaganj, Bihar, Bajpayee aspired to be an actor since his childhood. He moved to Delhi at the age of seventeen and applied to the National School of Dramatic Art, only to be rejected four times. He continued to do theater while studying at university. Bajpayee made her film debut with a one-minute role in Drohkaal (1994) and a minor role of dacoit in Shekhar Kapur’s Bandit Queen (1994). After a few unnoticed roles, he played gangster Bhiku Mhatre in Ram Gopal Varma’s 1998 crime drama Satya, which turned out to be a breakthrough. Bajpayee received the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor and the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor for the film.

He moved to New Delhi at the age of seventeen and went to Satyawati, then Ramjas College, University of Delhi. Bajpayee had heard of the National School of Dramatic Arts from actors such as Om Puri and Naseeruddin Shah, so he applied. He was rejected three times and wanted to kill himself afterwards. He then did the workshop of director and acting trainer Barry John after the suggestion of actor Raghubir Yadav. Impressed by Bajpayee’s acting, John hired him to help him with his teaching. After that, he applied to the National School of Dramatic Art for the fourth time and they offered him a teaching position at the school instead.

Bajpayee was married to a girl from Delhi, but divorced during her period of struggle. He met actress Shabana Raza, also known as Neha, right after her first film Kareeb (1998). The couple married in 2006 and they have a daughter.

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