Manoj Bajpai in 2010
23 April 1969 |
Narkatiaganj, Bihar, India
|Other names||Manoj Bajpayee|
|Spouse(s)||Neha (Shabana Raza) (2006–present)|
Manoj Bajpai (born 23 April 1969), also credited as Manoj Bajpayee, is an Indian film actor who works predominantly in Bollywood , Tollywood and Tamil cinema . He has received praise from many critics for his acting performances in Indian Cinema, most notably for his roles as dacoit Maan Singh in Bandit Queen, Raghavan in Aks, Bhiku Mahatre in Satya, Rasheed in Pinjar, and Sardar Khan in Gangs of Wasseypur. His work has been recognised by several Filmfare awards as well as multiple National Film Awards.
Manoj Bajpai was born in a small village of Bihar on the border of Nepal called Belwa near the town Narkatiaganj in West Champaran. He completed his basic education from Khrist Raja High School in Bettiah. He then went to Satyawati College first after then he took migration to Ramjas College, Delhi University where he studied and graduated in history. After being rejected four times at the National School of Drama, he did theatre with Barry John at Barry's Drama School.
Bajpai worked as a teacher at Salaam Balak Trust in Delhi.
Bajpai also appeared in a small role as a cop in Dastak (1996) where he shared screen space with Mukul Dev and Sushmita Sen. He played the main lead in Dil Pe Mat Le Yaar!! opposite Tabu after Aditya Srivastava. He appeared in several small roles in films like Droh Kaal (1994), and Bandit Queen (1994), before getting his big break in the 1998 crime film Satya directed by Ram Gopal Varma. His performance as Bhiku Mhatre won him several awards, as he portrayed the hotheaded and compassionate sides of this gangster. Another film where he played a dark character was Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's film Aks in 2001, for which again he won several awards.
His work was also appreciated in films like Daud: Fun on the Run (1997), Shool (1999), Dil Pe Mat Le Yaar (2000), Zubeidaa (2001), Road (2002), Pinjar (2003), which earned him the National Film Award, Veer Zaara (2004), Raajneeti (2010) and Gangs of Wasseypur (2012).
Bajpai is married to actress Shabana Raza, formerly known as Neha.
- 1999: National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor for Satya
- 2004: National Film Award – Special Jury Award for Pinjar
- 1999: Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor for Satya
- 2000: Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor for Shool
- 1999: Zee Cine Award Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Male for Satya
- 2003: Zee Cine Award for Best Actor in a Negative Role for Road
- 1999: Star Screen Award Best Supporting Actor for Satya
- 2002: Star Screen Award Best Villain for Aks
|1994||Bandit Queen||Dacoit Comm. Maann Singh|
|1997||Daud: Fun on the Run||Pushkar|
|1998||Satya||Bhiku Mahatre||Winner, National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor
Winner, Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor
|1999||Prema Kadha||Sankaram||Telugu film|
|1999||Kaun||Sameer A. Purnavale|
|1999||Shool||Inspector Samar Pratap Singh||Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor
Nominated–Filmfare Award for Best Actor
|2000||Dil Pe Mat Le Yaar!!||Ram Saran Pandey|
|2001||Zubeidaa||Maharaja Vijayendra Singh|
|2001||Aks||Raghavan Ghatge||Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Negative Role|
|2002||Road||Babu||Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Negative Role|
|2003||Pinjar||Rashid||Winner, National Film Award – Special Jury Award / Special Mention|
|2003||LOC: Kargil||Gren. Yogender Singh Yadav||Nominated, Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award|
|2004||Hanan||Pagla / Shamsher|
|2004||Jaago||Inspector Kripa Shankar Thakur|
|2004||Inteqam: The Perfect Game||ACP Uday Dhirendra Thakur|
|2005||Return to Rajapur||Jai Singh|
|2006||Happy||DCP Arvind||Telugu film|
|2007||1971||Major Suraj Singh|
|2008||Money Hai Toh Honey Hai||Lallabhai Bharodia|
|2010||Komaram Puli||Al Saleem||Telugu film|
|2010||Vedam||Raheemuddin Qureshi||Telugu film|
|2010||Raajneeti||Veerendra Pratap||Nominated, Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award|
|2010||Dus Tola||Shankar Sunar|
|2012||Chittagong||Masterda Surya Sen|
|2012||Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 1||Sardar Khan||Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actor|
|2012||Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 2||Sardar Khan|
|2013||The Whisperers||Shiv||In production|
|2013||Samar||Rajesh Arunachalam||Tamil film|
|2013||Special 26||CBI Officer Wasim Khan|
|2013||Shootout at Wadala||Zubair Imtiaz Haskar|
|2013||Satyagraha – Democracy Under Fire||Balram Singh|
|2013||Mahabharat 3D Film||Yudhisthir(Voice-over)||Animated Movie|
|2014||Anjaan||Imran Bhai||Tamil film|
with Arjun Kapoor and Sonakshi Sinha
- Sarkar, Neeti (8 September 2010). "Life's about choice". The Hindu (Chennai, India). Retrieved 31 August 2011.
- Action roles terrify Manoj Bajpayee
- "I wanted to commit suicide after I was rejected by NSD: Manoj Bajpayee - The Times of India". The Times of India.
- Telegraph interview
- 69th & 70th Annual Hero Honda BFJA Awards 2007
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