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Manoj Bajpayee

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Manoj Bajpayee was born on April 23, 1969, also known as Manoj Bajpai, is an Indian film actress who works primarily in Hindi films and has also produced Telugu and Tamil films. He has won two National Film Awards, four Filmfare Awards and two Asia Pacific Screen Awards for Best Performance. In 2019, he was awarded Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian honor for his contribution to the arts.

Manoj Bajpayee married a girl from Delhi, but divorced during the struggle. Shortly after his debut film Carib (1998), he met actress Shaba Na Raja, also known as Ne Ha. The couple married in 2006 and have a daughter.

Manoj Bajpayee is often considered a method actor and director's actor, and is known for his extraordinary roles in films. Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui quoted Manoj Bajpayee's acting in Aks as inspiration for the role of the adversary in Kick (2014). Manoj Bajpayee also voiced the gap in the salary he ordered compared to the best actors in the film industry. He quoted Amitabh Bachchan, Naseeruddin Shah and Raghubir Yadav as inspiration.

In 2010, Manoj Bajpayee appeared in Prakash Jha's big budget ensemble political thriller Raajneeti. Inspired by the Indian epic Mahabharata. The role of Bajpai is Veerendra Pratap Singh (based on Durodhana's character), an avid politician, who considers himself a legitimate heir to a political family. Nikhat Kazmi of The Times of India mentioned in her review that Manoj Bajpayee "Catch the eyeballs in the scene" and "...relive memories of his epic performances." Indian trade journalists were concerned about Raajneeti's $600 million ($84 billion) return on investment. However, the film was a huge commercial success, earning more than $1.43 billion (US$20 million) worldwide. Manoj Bajpayee was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for Film by Filmfare. He has played in two Telugu movies. Vedam (2010) and Puli (2010), followed by the comedy Dus Tola (2010). He also provided the voice of Rama in the animated film Ramayana: Epic, based on the Indian epic Ramayana.

In 2007, Manoj Bajpayee played Major Suraj Singh in 1971. The film tells the story of six Indian army soldiers who escaped from Pakistani prisons after being arrested in the 1971 Indo-Pakistan War. CNN-IBN's Rajeev Masand said, "[Manoj Bajpayee] is in great form, he hesitates most and in the process constructs a character who speaks more with his eyes than with words." He next starred opposite Juhi Chawla in Ganesh Acharya's drama film Swami. Manoj Bajpayee's final release this year was the anthology film Dus Kahaniyaan. He played in Zahir's San Jay Gupta with Dia Mirza. All of his 2007 releases were financial failures. Next year, she appeared in the ensemble comedy Money High To Honey High (2008), which was also a box office hit.

Born in Belwa, a small town in West Champaran in Bihar, Manoj Bajpayee has been eager to become an actor since childhood. He moved to Delhi at the age of 17 and applied to the National Drama School, but was turned down only four times. He continued to play while studying at college. Manoj Bajpayee made his feature-length debut with a one-minute role in Drohkaal (1994) and a side role of dacoit in Shekhar Kapur's Bandit Queen (1994). After playing several inconspicuous roles, he played gangster Bhiku Mhatre in Ram Gopal Varma's 1998 crime drama Satya, which proved to be groundbreaking. Manoj Bajpayee has won the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor and the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor for Film. Since then, he has worked in films such as Kaun (1999) and Shool (1999). In the latter case, he won his second Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor. Manoj Bajpayee was a psychopathic killer who took on the role of prince with two wives in Zubeidaa (2001), a serial killer in Aks (2001) and a hitchhiker in Road (2002).

Manoj Bajpayee was born on April 23, 1969 in a small village called Belwa near the village of Narkatiaganj in West Champaran, Bihar. He is the second child of five other siblings and is named after actor Manoj Kumar. His sister, Poonam Dubey, is a fashion designer for the film industry. His father was a farmer and his mother was a housewife. The farmer's son, Manoj Bajpayee, farmed during the holidays. From childhood he wanted to become an actor. His father had a hard time raising money for education. He studied at "Hut School" until the fourth grade and later received basic education at Bettiah. He completed his 12th class at Maharani Janaki College in Bettiah.

In 2013, Manoj Bajpayee made five openings. His Tamil debut, Samar, was his first release. He starred as a supporting actor in the movie. After that, he starred in Neeraj Pandey's robbery thriller Special 26. Based on the 1987 opera house robbery, he played a CBI officer in the film. Subsequently, in the crime movie Shootout at Wadala, he played a character inspired by gangster Shabir Ibrahim Kaskar. Manoj Bajpayee collaborated with Prakash Jha for the fourth time with Satyagraha. The film was loosely inspired by the fight against corruption in 2011 social activist Anna Hazare, starring the ensemble cast, and was highly anticipated by trade journalists as the film premiered concurrently with public gang rape protests in Mumbai and Delhi. Satyagraha earned $675 million (US$9.5 million) domestically. Manoj Bajpayee provided the voice of Yudhishthira for the 3D animated film Mahabharat, based on the Indian epic of the same name. In 2014, Manoj Bajpayee played Antagonist in the Tamil action film Anjaan.

Manoj Bajpayee's only release in 2002 was Road Thriller Road. He played the role of the adversary in the movie, where the hitchhiker turned out to be a psychotic killer by riding a pair of lifts (played by Vivek Oberoi and Antara Marley). Manoj Bajpayee was named Best Performance in the Negative Role for another Filmfare nomination for the film. Pinjar (2003), a historical drama set in the Indian division, is Manoj Bajpayee's first release this year. Directed by Chandraprakash Dwivedi, the film is based on a Punjabi novel of the same name. He won the National Film Special Jury Award for his performance in the film. Since then, he has J.P. Played Grenadier Yogendra Singh Yadav in Dutta's ensemble war movie LOC Kargil. It was based on Kargil War and Manoj Bajpayee was nominated for a Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor. Neither film was commercially successful.

In 2012, Manoj Bajpayee starred in Anurag Kashyap's two-part crime film Gangs of Wasseypur. His character Sardar Khan appeared in the first. To prepare for his role, Manoj Bajpayee pushed his head and lost 4 kg of weight. It premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, Toronto Film Festival, and Sundance Film Festival. The Gangs of Wasseypur, released in India on June 22. Anupama Chopra called Satya's best performer since Bhiku Mhatre. His performance in the film made Manoj Bajpayee nominated for Best Actor's Filmfare Award. His next work was Chittagong (2012), a historical drama based on the Chittagong weapon raid. Bajpai portrayed the Bengal independent fighter Surya Sen in it and did not charge any money. His last release of the year played Naxalite with Chakravyuh. The role of claiming 5 kilograms of weight loss. Writer and lyricist Javed Akhtar called Chakravyuh "the best film of the past 20 years." Conversely, India Today's review said it was ``an amateur try,'' but praised Manoj Bajpayee's acting.

The social drama Aarakshan (2011), based on the Indian caste-based reservation problem, was Manoj Bajpayee's next film. The film caused controversy in some groups and was banned in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Andhra Pradesh before the theater release. Trade journalists had high expectations for the film, but eventually failed the box office. Bajpai's sequel was the thriller Lanka (2011).

In 2018, Manoj Bajpayee reunited with crime thriller Aiyaary and Neeraj Pandey, playing Colonel Abhay Singh, chasing his protégé Jai Bakshi (Sidharth Malhotra). Film critic Namrata Joshi criticized the film's conspiracy and sang "The Film's Only Salvation Grace" with Manoj Bajpayee. He later appeared in Ahmed Khan's Baaghi 2 with Tiger Shroff and Disha Patani. Later that year, Manoj Bajpayee debuted as a producer with Missing, a psychological thriller co-starring Tabu. The film was mostly negatively evaluated by critics. Shubhra Gupta called it a "sloppy mess". He starred alongside John Abraham in the vigilante action film Satyameva Jayate (2018). In the same year, he starred in the psychodrama Gali Guleiyan directed by his debut film Dipesh Jain, where he played a biographer living in Old Delhi, who began to lose his understanding of reality. He won the Best Actor Award at the Indian Film Festival in Melbourne. The film premiered at the 22nd Busan International Film Festival and was also screened at the 2017 MAMI Film Festival, the Los Angeles Indian Film Festival, the Atlanta Film Festival, the Cleveland International Film Festival, and the Chicago International Film Festival. His last release of the year was Love Sonia, the ensemble drama of Tabrez Noorani, a film about sex trafficking. It premiered at the 2018 London Indian Film Festival and premiered in India on September 14, 2018.

Following the one-minute role in Drohkaal (1994) by Govind Nihalani, Manoj Bajpayee played in the biographical drama Bandit Queen (1994). The film's casting director, Tigman Sudulia, proposed his name to Director Sheka Kapur. Bajpai was considered for the role of Dacoit Vikram Mallah in the movie and eventually went to Nirmal Pandey. Manoj Bajpayee played the role of dacoit Mann Singh in the film. In the meantime, he has also produced a television series called Kalakaar, directed by Hansal Mehta and Doordarshan.

Manoj Bajpayee's next roles were in Raveena Tandon, Hanan in Makrand Deshpande, and Jaago (2004) opposite the thriller Inteqam. In Jaago, he served as a policeman who handled the situation directly after his 10-year-old daughter was raped and killed. In the same year, she appeared as a supporting actor in Yashi Chopra's romantic drama <Beer Grow> (2004). The film was screened at the 55th Berlin Film Festival and earned more than $940 million (US$13 million) worldwide, making it the highest-grossing film of the year. In 2005, Manoj Bajpayee played in Dharmesh Darshan's drama Bewafaa, thriller Fareb, and the English film Return to Rajapur. He also played in the Telugu romance Happy (2006).

In 2019, he was awarded Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian honor for his contributions to the arts. In the same year, he played dacoit Man Singh in Abhishek Chaubey's action film Sonchiriya. Raja Sen wrote in his review that Manoj Bajpayee was "excellent as head of the rebels." Later he was born with Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K. He starred in the director's spy action drama web series The Family Man. Manoj Bajpayee played the role of a middle-class male working in a secret intelligence agency. The series and his performances received positive responses from critics, along with Hindustan Times' Rohit Naahar. Then he went to Shirish Kunder's crime thriller movie Mrs. He played a supporting role in Serial Killer, co-starring Jacqueline Fernandez. The movie, which was released on Netflix, had a negative reaction. His last release of the year was the comedy film Suraj Pe Mangal Bhari with Diljit Dosanjh and Fatima Sana Shaikh. It was the first film to be released in India in almost eight months after the Covid-19 pandemic.

Manoj Bajpayee was an actor struggling when Mahesh Bhatt provided the drama Swabhimaan (1995), which aired on Doordarshan. He decided to do the serials at low cost. Next, Manoj Bajpayee starred in secondary roles in films such as Dastak (1996) and Tamanna (1997). Director Ram Gopal Varma discovered Manoj Bajpayee when he played a supporting role in the comedy Daud (1997). After filming, Varma expressed regret for giving Manoj Bajpayee a minor role. Then he promised Manoj Bajpayee an excellent role in his next film. The crime drama Satiya (1998) was their next film. In the film, Manoj Bajpayee played gangster Bhiku Mhatre with the title character to form their relationship in the Mumbai underworld.

In Bhonsle in Devashish Makhija, Manoj Bajpayee played a retired Mumbai policeman who makes friends with a North Indian girl when locals try to get rid of the city's settlers. The film and his performance won a positive response from critics, and he won the Second Asia Pacific Screen Award for Best Actor for Best Acting.

The year 2000 began for Manoj Bajpayee with the comedy Dil Pe Mat Le Yaar!! And the crime drama Ghaath, both with Tabu. The conversation with the former has sparked controversy in some political parties. The first release of Manoj Bajpayee in 2001 was Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's supernatural thriller Aks. His negative portrayal of Raghavan Ghatge, a criminal who died and reincarnated in the body of Manu Verma (Amitab Bachchan), won him the Best Acting Award for a negative role nomination. This was followed by Shyam Benegal's Zubeidaa co-starring Rekha and Karishma Kapoor. He played Maharaja Vijayendra Singh of Fatehpur, a polo lover prince with two wives. His character is inspired by Jodhpur's Maharaja, Hanwant Singh.

He moved to New Delhi at the age of 17, went to Satyawati, and then to Ramjas College, University of Delhi. Manoj Bajpayee applied because he heard about the National Theater School from actors like Om Puri and Naseeruddin Shah. He was turned down three times and later wanted suicide. He conducted a workshop by director and acting coach Barry John at the suggestion of actor Raghubir Yadav. Impressed by Manoj Bajpayee's acting, John hired him to help with his teaching. After that, he applied for the fourth time to the National Theater School and instead offered to teach at the school.

Manoj Bajpayee won the Special Jury National Award for Pinjar (2003). After that, a series of short and inconspicuous roles followed in films that did not advance his career. After that, he played an avid politician in the political thriller Raajneeti (2010) and was well received. In 2012, Manoj Bajpayee played Sardar Khan in the Gangs of Wasseypur. His next roles were naxalite in Chakravyuh (2012) and CBI executives in Special 26 (2013). In 2016, she played Professor Ramchandra Siras in Hansal Mehta's biographical drama Aligarh, which won her third Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor and Best Actor Award at the 2016 Asia Pacific Screen Awards.

Manoj Bajpayee continued to play negative roles in his next film, Tevar (2015). Remake of the 2003 Telugu film'Ok Kadu', the film received negative reviews and was a box office failure. In the same year, he starred in the patriotic short film Jai Hind with Raveena Tandon. The 6-minute film premiered on YouTube at OYO Rooms just before Indian Independence Day. Manoj Bajpayee played in another short film called Taandav in 2016. Directed by Devashish Makhija, the film showcases the pressures and scenarios faced by an honest police bodyguard and has been released on YouTube. That same year, he played Professor Ramchandra Siras in Hansal Mehta's biographical drama Aligarh. This story followed the life of a homosexual professor who was expelled from Aligarh Muslim University because of his sexual desire. Manoj Bajpayee watched some scraps of Siras to prepare for his role. The film was screened at the 20th Busan International Film Festival and the 2015 Mumbai Film Festival. Aligarh was released on February 26, 2016 to receive positive reviews. Manoj Bajpayee won the Best Actor Award at the 10th Asia Pacific Screen Awards, and the Best Actor Award at his third Filmfare Critics Award. He next played Traffic Police in Rajesh Pillai's Swan Song Traffic (2016). A remake of the Malayalam movie of the same name, the film was released on May 6, 2016. His subsequent release was the biographical sports film Budhia Singh-Born to Run, where he coached Budhia Singh. World's youngest marathon runner. The comedy film Saat Uchakkey (2016) followed by the short film Ouch directed by Neeraj Pandey.

Satya was mostly shot in a real slum in Mumbai. It was screened at the 1998 Indian International Film Festival and received mostly positive reviews. Anupama Chopra called the performance of Manoj Bajpayee and others "... so good that you can almost smell Mumbai from your sweaty body." The film was a commercial success, and Manoj Bajpayee won the Best Supporting Actor Award for acting and the Best Actor Award. Filmfare later included his performance in Bollywood's "Top 80 Iconic Performances" in 2010. Manoj Bajpayee collaborated with Verma in 1999 with Kaun and Shool. Verma oversees the former and builds the latter. Kaun was a whodunit with only 3 characters in the house where Manoj Bajpayee played an annoying chatty stranger. The movie was disappointed by the box office. Shool saw him playing the role of an honest policeman who finds himself in a politician-criminal relationship in the Motihari district in Bihar. Sify categorized Manoj Bajpayee's acting in the film as "especially the emotional scenes of Raveena Tandon are really amazing." The film won the National Film Award for Best Feature in Hindi and Manoj Bajpayee won the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Performance. He also played in the Telugu romantic film Prema Katha (1999).

Director Ram Gopal Varma regarded him as a "education" for himself and said that he was simply "the best actor I've ever worked with." Shekhar Kapur, who directed him in Bandit Queen, recalls: “Manoj was able to describe a lot just by doing small things. He wasn't trying to exaggerate a scene and he seemed completely comfortable with the minimalistic statements.” According to director Hansal Mehta, Manoj "has the ability to change himself like everyone else." The role of Bhiku Mhatre in Manoj Bajpayee's Satya is considered one of the most memorable characters in Hindi movies. This is a conversation from "Mumbai ka king kaun? Bhiku Mhatre" (Who is the King of Mumbai? Bhiku Mhatre). Kay Kay Menon sees this character as a turning point for other method actors. "If it weren't for Manoj's brilliant performance at Satya, actors like Irrfan would still be waiting for acceptance. Manoj opened the door for us. Journalist and writer Jai Arjun Singh wrote about the characters in his book Popcorn Essayists. The "three attributes" and "character truth" were a subtle result of Bajpai's persistence in acting. "

Manoj Bajpayee's first release in 2017 was Naam Shabana, a spy thriller derived from the 2015 movie Baby, with Taapsee Pannu recurring the role of Shabana. In the same year, he reunited with Ram Gopal Varma for the crime drama Sarkar 3. It was the third installment of the Sarkar film series. In the film, his character was loosely based on Arvind Kejriwal. Later that year, Manoj Bajpayee briefly appeared in the drama film Rukh.

Manoj Bajpayee's shoulder was injured while filming the Telugu movie Vedam and hasn't been on the screen for almost two years. He returned to major roles in the comedy Jugaad (2009) based on the 2006 Delhi Sealing Drive incident. His next release was the mystery thriller'Acid Factory' (2009), a remake of the 2006 American movie'Unknown'. He was one of those kidnapped and imprisoned in the factory, playing a cartoon role in which they don't remember how they got there. The movie didn't do well at the box office. The series of financial failures continued with his next release. In Madhur Bhandarkar's prison (2009), he served as a prisoner to life in prison. He called his role the "narrator" and "mentor" of the main character (by Neil Nitin Mukesh).

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