Meet Mr. Manoj Bajpayee
Manoj Bajpayee is an Indian film actor who works in Hindi cinema and has also done Telugu and Tamil language films.
He is the recipient of two National Film Awards and three Filmfare Awards. Born in Belwa, a small village in Narkatiaganj, Bihar, Bajpayee aspired to become an actor since childhood.
He relocated to Delhi at the age of seventeen, and applied for National School of Drama, only to be rejected for four times. He continued to do theatre while studying in the college.
Bajpayee made his feature film debut with the one-minute role in Drohkaal (1994), and a minor role of a dacoit in Shekhar Kapur’s Bandit Queen (1994).
After few unnoticed roles, he played gangster Bhiku Mhatre in Ram Gopal Varma’s 1998 crime drama Satya, which proved to be a breakthrough.
Mr. Manoj Bajpayee received the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor and Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor for the film. He then acted in films like Kaun (1999), and Shool (1999).
For the latter, he won his second Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor. Bajpayee further played the role of a prince with two wives in Zubeidaa (2001), a serial killer in Aks (2001) and a hitchhiker-turned-psychopa
Bajpayee won the Special Jury National Award for Pinjar (2003). He then appeared in political thriller Raajneeti (2010) followed by Gangs of Wasseypur in 2012.
His next roles were of a naxalite in Chakravyuh (2012), and a CBI officer in Special 26 (2013).
In 2016, he portrayed professor Ramchandra Siras, in Hansal Mehta’s biographical drama Aligarh, for which he won his third Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor.
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