Manoj Bajpai

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Manoj Bajpayee
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Manoj Bajpayee in 2010
Born (1969-04-23) 23 April 1969 (age 46)
Narkatiaganj, Bihar, India
Other names Manoj Bajpayee
Occupation Actor
Years active 1994–present
Spouse(s) Neha (Shabana Raza) (2006–present)

Manoj Bajpayee (born 23 April 1969), also credited as Manoj Bajpai, is an Indian film actor who works predominantly in Bollywood, Telugu cinema and Tamil cinema.[1] 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.[2] His work has been recognised by several Filmfare awards as well as multiple National Film Awards.

Early life[edit]

Manoj Bajpayee was born in a small village of Bihar on the border of Nepal called Belwa near the town Narkatiaganj in West Champaran.[3] 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.[4]


Bajpayee at 92.7 BIG FM Studio in 2011 to promote Aarakshan

Bajpayee worked as a teacher at Salaam Balak Trust in Delhi.[citation needed]

He started his career with a television serial aired on Doordarshan, Swaabhimaan. The same serial also brought Tyagi (Ashutosh Rana) and Rishab (Rohit Roy) into the limelight.

Bajpayee 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), Prakash Jha's Raajneeti (2010) , Gangs of Wasseypur (2012)and Tevar.

Personal life[edit]

Manoj Bajpayee is married to actress Shabana Raza in April 2006, formerly known as Neha.


National Film Awards
BFJA Awards
Filmfare Awards
Zee Cine Awards
Star Screen Awards


Year Film Role Notes
1994 Drohkaal Anand (Uncredited)
1994 Bandit Queen Dacoit Comm. Maann Singh
1996 Dastak
1997 Tamanna Salim
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 Fiza Murad Khan
2000 Dil Pe Mat Le Yaar!! Ram Saran Pandey
2000 Ghaath Krishna Patil
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 Veer-Zaara Raza Sharazi
2004 Inteqam: The Perfect Game ACP Uday Dhirendra Thakur
2005 Return to Rajapur Jai Singh
2005 Bewafaa Dil Arora
2005 Fareb Aditya Malhotra
2006 Happy DCP Arvind Telugu film
2007 1971 Major Suraj Singh
2007 Swami Swami
2007 Dus Kahaniyan Saahil
2008 Money Hai Toh Honey Hai Lallabhai Bharodia
2008 Acid Factory Sultan
2009 Jugaad Sandip
2009 Jail Nawab
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
2011 Aarakshan Mithilesh Singh
2011 Lanka Jaswant "Ravan"
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
2012 Chakravyuh Rajan
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
2015 Tevar Gajendar Singh
2015 Aligarh Ramchandra Siras Filming
2015 Traffic Constable Ramdas Godbole Post production
2015 Saat Uchakkey Pappi Jatwaala Post Production
2016 Missing Sushant Filming
2016 Duronto Biranchi Das Filming


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