Manoj Bajpai in 2010
23 April 1969 |
Narkatiaganj, Bihar, India
|Other names||Manoj Bajpayee|
|Spouse(s)||Neha (née Shabana Raza) (2006–present)|
Manoj Bajpai (born 23 April 1969), also credited as Manoj Bajpayee, is an Indian film actor, known for playing offbeat and unconventional roles. He got praise for his role of Sardar Khan in Anurag Kashyap's film Gangs of Wasseypur. His work has been recognized by several Filmfare awards as well as a National Film Award - Special Jury Award.
Early life 
Manoj Bajpai was born in a small village of Bihar on border of Nepal called Belwa near town Narkatiaganj in Bettiah West Champaran, Bihar. He completed his basic education from K R (Khrist Raja) High schoolBettiah. He then went to Ramjas College where he studied history for graduation. After being rejected four times at the National School of Drama, he did theatre with Barry John at Barry's Drama School. He and Bollywood actor Shahrukh Khan were classmates at Barry John's acting 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 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 many 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).
Katrina Kaif touched the feet of actor Manoj Bajpai as a sign of respect following the premiere of Rajneeti. When Satya released some 12 years ago, Tabu had done the same thing, touching the thespian's feet.
Awards and nominations 
- 1999: Filmfare Award Best Actor - Critics' Choice for Satya
- 1999: Star Screen Award Best Supporting Actor for Satya
- 1999: BFJA Award for Best Actor for Shool
- 2000: International Filmfare award for Best Supporting Actor for Satya
- 2000: Filmfare Award Best Actor - Critics' Choice for Shool
- 2000: Zee Cine Award Best Actor in a Supporting Role- Male for Shool
- 2002: Star Screen Award Best Villain for Aks
- 2003: Zee Cine Award for Best Actor in a Negative Role for Road
- 2004: National Film Award - Special Jury Award for Pinjar
- 2002: Filmfare Best Villain Award for Aks
- 2003: Filmfare Best Villain Award for Road
- 2004: Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award for LOC Kargil
- 2011: Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award for Raajneeti
- 2013: Filmfare Best Actor Award for Gangs of Wasseypur
|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 (Feature Film)|
|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|
- Sarkar, Neeti (8 September 2010). "Life's about choice". The Hindu. Retrieved 2011-08-31.
- Action roles terrify Manoj Bajpayee
- Telegraph interview
- "Katrina touches Manoj Bajpayee's feet". Glamsham.com. 5 June 2010. Retrieved 2011-08-21.
- 69th & 70th Annual Hero Honda BFJA Awards 2007
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