Manoj Bajpai, also known as Manoj Bajpayee, is a well known Indian film actor who proved that being a popular artist can also be a dream to pursue for a common man. He has been in the Indian cinema predominantly and has also worked in a few Tamil and Telegu language films. We have seen him taking up some challenging roles in many movies and web series. Although the critical roles are challenging, he ends up acting exactly what is expected. This made him a successful actor and an audience’s favourite. Let’s see how his life was and what struggles he faced before he entered into this big industry.
In 1994, he was casted in a feature film debut, “Droh Kaal” where he appeared just for one minute. Later he took up some unnoticed roles in a few films which were very tough to handle because there was no recognition or a breakthrough for him in the industry, but there was no backing for him. Though his roles were small and unnoticeable, Manoj Bajpai didn’t give up on striving for big and kept going for the diverse roles. Manoj Bajpai finally got a breakthrough in “Satya” which was a crime drama movie by Ram Gopal Varma in1988. This movie became the key to his successful journey in the industry as he received the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor and Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor for “Satya”. In later years he also received a National Film Award for “Pinjar” in 2003 and a National Film Award for Best Actor for “Bhonsle”. Rakesh Om Prakash Mehra’s film “Aks” is another very important film which gave him an opportunity to play a very serious part and also won many awards for it in 2001. The movie “Special 26” starring Akshay Kumar and Anupam Kher gave an opportunity to Manoj Bajpai to feature in the longest action sequence till date. It was also a very proud moment for him when Mahesh Bhatt himself approached Manoj Bajpai after watching his performance in a Hindi TV Serial named “Swabhiman” and told him to not leave this city because he was going to get everything over here itself. Manoj Bajpai took this advice which also gave him some kind of hope that he can finally become what he was dreaming about all these years. “Swabhiman” was his first tele serial on Doordarshan which basically started his acting career and helped him to gain some recognition along with Tyaagi, Aashutosh Rana and Rishabh Rohit Roy.
Manoj Bajpai has been one of the most versatile actors of all in the Hindi Film Industry and he is mainly known and remembered for all the memorable characters that he has played till now. He is that kind of an actor who makes his roles more believable and realistic. His magic has worked not only in the movies but some of the famous web series and tv shows too. His recent series, The Family Man has gained a lot of popularity and viewers are loving it with their whole heart.
The talented actor keeps exploring his talent by acting in challenging roles which we can’t even imagine a huge actor doing. His style of making all the diverse and difficult roles seem so easy and smooth for him that it makes us like him even more. He has gained much popularity and recognition due to his unusual roles in films and is known as a method actor. Even when he has been praised for his acting a number of times, he has been very flexible and keeps learning from his co-actors, no matter whom he is working with. He has been very kind and understanding towards the other actors. Manoj Bajpai is a very down to earth person as seen in a interview where he says that he likes buying potatoes and tomatoes just like other ordinary people. He likes to live like an ordinary person no matter how popular he gets in the industry. This kind of thinking and behavior have impacted and touched many hearts from the common man population. Not only is he talented in what he was dreaming since childhood, but he is also very grateful for what he has and doesn’t boast about it. This journey of success keeps on extending and continuing as Manoj Bajpai still strives for more success and happiness.