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Date Of BirthApril 23, 1969
MarkOften plays man of rural background with strong moral values
FactStarred in Padmalaya Production shelved film opposite Akanksha Malhotra ( Prem Nath granddaughter).

Manoj Bajpayee is an Indian actor who has worked in a number of Hindi and Bengali films. He was born on April 23, 1969, in Belwa, a small village in Bihar, India. His father was a farmer and his mother was a homemaker. He has two brothers and one sister. He received his early education from a local school in Belwa and then attended the Government College in Bettiah, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in science. After college, he moved to Delhi, where he worked as a journalist for a few years. He then decided to pursue a career in acting and joined the National School of Drama in New Delhi.

Bajpayee made his film debut with the Bengali film “Drohkaal” in 1994. He then appeared in the Hindi film “Bandit Queen” in 1996, for which he received critical acclaim. He has since appeared in numerous Hindi and Bengali films. Some of his notable films include “Satya”, “Shool”, “Kaun”, “Gangaajal”, “Apaharan”, “Raajneeti”, “Special 26” and “Aligarh”. He has won several awards for his work, including two National Film Awards and four Filmfare Awards.

Bajpayee is married to actress Shabana Raza. The couple has two children.

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Full NameManoj Bajpayee
Date Of BirthApril 23, 1969


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1Often plays man of rural background with strong moral values


1Starred in the shelved movie, Genesis Features " Bitter Rain" (2006). Starring Manoj Bajpai, Sonu Sood, Vidya Malvade. This was to be directed by Prahlad Kakkar.The story was about a upper class house wife from New Delhi being abducted and raped. The film was also going to touch upon the Jessica Lal murder case.
2Ad film maker Prahlad Kakkar had announced his first Hindi film Bitter Rain (2005) at the beginning of this year but is yet to start it. The film was to star Manoj Bajpai, Sonu Sood and Vidya Malvade.. However, Kakkar is still looking for someone to finance this project. According to Kakkar the film was to be made on a budget of Rs. 25 lakhs for Star One but the deal was cancelled after which he decided to make it into a full length feature film. He further explained that the film has a brief indication of the Jessica Lal murder case. It's a narrative thriller and is set in the background of an election.
3Starred in Rohit Kumar's shelved film in 2002.
4Starred in Partho Ghosh's shelved film opposite Nandita Das. The film was to he realistic and aimed at the film festivals. Zakir Hussain was approached to do the music. This was in 2001.
5Younger sister is world famous fashion designer Poonam Dubey.
6Father's name is Radhakant Bajpai.
7Was married to a girl from Delhi in the early 90's.
8Two brothers and 3 sisters. Manoj is the second eldest.
9Was approached for the film Masaan but it did not work out.
10Offered Jatin Grewal's role in "Rahul" but declined.
11Had signed Govind Nihalani's " Thakshak" but opted out. This was because Ram Gopal Verma requested him not to sign any small roles during the shooting of Satya.
12Was offered Ravi Kishan's role in " Luck" but turned down the role.
13Starred in the shelved 2002 Indo-Canadian film "Indigo". Co starring Sarah Polley. Directed by Toronto based director Suresh Natrajan. The film was to be shot all over Toronto and Kerala. The film was to be about an American Mohiniyattom dance student who falls in love with a Hindu priest.
14Starred in Mahesh Manjrekar' s shelved film " Ek Anokhi Prem Kahani". Co starring Kareena Kapoor. Manoj Bajpayee was to play a blind man. He was later replaced by Sanjay Dutt. The film was eventually shelved inn 2002.
15Starred in Neeraj Pathak' s shelved film " Surkh - The Bloody Battle" opposite Bipasha Basu. This was in 2004.
16Starred in Rahul Roy's shelved untitled film, a remake of Sam, I am. Co starring Sushmita Sen as a lawyer. When Rahul found out Harry Baweja was also remaking the same film with Sushmita, he shelved the film.
17Starred in Mehul Kumar's shelved film " Azaadi". This was in 2004.
18Anurag Kashyap wanted to cast Manoj Bajpayee and Raveena Tandon in Paanch. This was in 1999. Anurag was not able to find any producer' s at that time. Later when he got Tutu Sharma to produce the film, he cast Kay Kay Menon in Manoj' s role.
19Starred in Ramoji Rao's untitled shelved film , Co starring Mahima Chaudhary, R. Madhavan. directed by Anil V Kumar. This was in 2003.
20Starred in Partho Gosh' s untitled movie that was shelved. Co starring Shilpa Shetty, Milind Soman, Isha Khoppikar, Amar Upadhyay. This was on 2004.
21Starred in E Niwas' s shelved film opposite Raveena Tandon , co starring Fardeen Khan. This was in 2002.
22Starred in the shelved Indo/French film " All Alone" opposite Miss World 1997, Diana Hayden. Co starring Nigar Khan, Bikram Saluja. The film was based on the Independence of Mauratius in 1968. The film was to be directed by Ritesh Batra. The film was shelved due to problems with the producer's.
23Starred in Hansal Mehta's shelved film Netwa opposite wife Neha.
24His parents named him after Superstar Legend Manoj Kumar.
25Starred in Ravi Diwan's shelved film " Syaah - A Walk on The Dark Side" co starring Bipasha Basu.
26Starred in Padmalaya Production shelved film opposite Akanksha Malhotra ( Prem Nath granddaughter).
27Starred in Neeraj Pathak's shelved film " Maati". Co starring Fardeen Kham and Mahima Chaudhary.
28Starred in Ajay Devgan Production's shelved film " Barf" opposite Sushmita Sen. Directed by Vishal Bharadwaj.
29Starred in shelved film N.S. Films International" Paanchi". (2001) Starring Manoj Bajpai,Mahima Chaudhary, Shamita Shetty ,(Replaced Punarnava ),Bikram Saluja, Sharad Kapoor, Biswajeet,Vaarun Vaardhan,Malay Chakraborty,Brijesh Hirjee,Ehsan Khan,Music by Rajesh Roshan, Produced by Yatinder Singhal, Directed by Parto Ghosh.
30Starred in the shelved film " Dharti" opposite Rani Mukherjee.
31Refused Jackie Shroff 's role in Devdas.
32Was the first choice for Saif Ali Khan's role in Love Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega.
33Was the first choice for the role of Thambe ( Sambha) in Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag.
34Two time winner of prestigious national film awards of India. for best actor and best supporting actor for Pinjar (2003) and Satya (1999).




In the Shadows2017post-productionKhuddoos
Love Sonia2017post-productionFaizal
Naam Shabana2017filming
Sarkar 3pre-production
Saat Uchakkey2016Pappi
Budhia Singh: Born to Run2016Biranchi Das
Aligarh2015Professor Siras
Tevar2015Gajendar Singh
Anjaan2014Imran Bhai
Mahabharat2013Yudhisthir (voice)
Satyagraha2013/IBalram Singh (as Manoj Bajpai)
Shootout at Wadala2013Zubair Imtiaz Haskar (as Manoj Bajpai)
Special 262013Waseem
Samar2013Rajesh Arunachalam (as Manoj Bajpai)
Chittagong2012Surya Sen (as Manoj Bajpai)
Chakravyuh2012Rajan (as Manoj Bajpai)
Krishna Aur Kans2012Nand (voice, as Manoj Bajpai)
Gangs of Wasseypur2012Sardar Khan (as Manoj Bajpai)
Lanka2011Jaswant Sisodiya / Bhaisaab
Aarakshan2011Mithilesh Singh (as Manoj Bajpai)
Dus Tola2010Shankar B. Sonar
Ramayana: The Epic2010Rama (voice, as Manoj Bajpai)
Komaram Puli2010Al Saleem (as Manoj Bajpai)
Raajneeti2010Veerendra 'Veeru' B. Pratap (as Manoj Bajpai)
Vedam2010Raheemuddin Qureshi (as Manoj Bajpai)
Jail2009Nawab (as Manoj Bajpai)
Acid Factory2009J.D. / Om / Sultan / ...
The Whisperers2009Sunny (as Manoj Bajpai)
Jugaad2009Sandip Kapoor
Money Hai Toh Honey Hai2008Lalabhai Bharodia
Dus Kahaniyaan2007Saahil (segment "Zahir") (as Manoj Bajpai)
Swami2007Swami (as Manoj Bajpai)
19712007Major Suraj Singh (as Manoj Bajpai)
Return to Rajapur2006Jai Singh (as Manoj Bajpai)
Happy2006as Manoj Bajpai
Fareb2005Aditya 'Adi' Malhotra (as Manoj Bajpai)
Bewafaa2005Dil Arora (as Manoj Bajpai)
Veer-Zaara2004Razaa Shirazi (Special Appearance) (as Manoj Bajpai)
Inteqam: The Perfect Game2004ACP Uday Dhirendra Thakur (as Manoj Bajpai)
Hanan2004Pagla / Shamsher (as Manoj Bajpai)
Jaago2004Inspector Krupa Shankar Thakur (as Manoj Bajpai)
Pinjar2003Rashid (as Manoj Bajpai)
LOC: Kargil2003Gren. Yogender Singh Yadav, 18 Grenadiers (as Manoj Bajpai)
Road2002Babu (as Manoj Bajpai)
Aks2001Raghavan Ghatge (as Manoj Bajpai)
Zubeidaa2001Raja Vijendra Singh (as Manoj Bajpai)
Ghaath2000Krishna Patil (as Manoj Bajpai)
Dil Pe Mat Le Yaar!!2000Ram Saran Pandey (as Manoj Bajpai)
Fiza2000Murad Khan (Guest Appearance) (as Manoj Bajpai)
Prema Katha1999Sankaram (as Manoj Bajpai)
Shool1999Samar Pratap Singh (as Manoj Bajpai)
Kaun?1999Sameer A. Purnavale (as Manoj Bajpai)
Satya1998Bhiku Mhatre (as Manoj Bajpai)
Tamanna1998Salim (as Manoj Bajpai)
Daud: Fun on the Run1997Pushkar (as Manoj Bajpai)
Badalte Rishte1996TV SeriesArvind Verma (as Manoj Bajpai)
Dastak1996Seychelles Inspector Avinash Bannerjee (as Manoj Bajpai)
Sanshodhan1996Bhanwar (as Manoj Bajpai)
Swabhimaan1995TV SeriesSunil (1995) (as Manoj Bajpai)
Kurukshetra1995TV Series as Manoj Bajpai
Bandit Queen1994Man Singh (as Manoj Bajpai)
Droh Kaal1994Anand (as Manoj Vajpayee)
Hum Bambai Nahin Jayenge1994TV Series as Manoj Bajpai
Imtihaan1994TV Series
Kalakaar1994TV Series
Shikast1993TV Series 1993

Music Department

Ghaath2000playback singer - as Manoj Bajpai


The Kapil Sharma Show2016TV SeriesHimself
Encounter2014TV Mini-SeriesHimself


Won Awards

2002ScreenScreen Weekly AwardsBest Performance in a Negative RoleAks (2001)
2002Popular AwardZee Cine AwardsBest VillainAks (2001)
2000Filmfare AwardFilmfare AwardsBest Actor - CriticsShool (1999)
1999Filmfare AwardFilmfare AwardsBest Actor - CriticsSatya (1998)
1999Silver Lotus AwardNational Film Awards, IndiaBest Supporting ActorSatya (1998)
1999ScreenScreen Weekly AwardsBest Supporting ActorSatya (1998)

Nominated Awards

2013Popular AwardAwards of the International Indian Film AcademyBest Actor in a Leading RoleGangs of Wasseypur (2012)
2013Filmfare AwardFilmfare AwardsBest ActorGangs of Wasseypur (2012)
2012Asia Pacific Screen AwardAsia Pacific Screen AwardsBest Performance by an ActorGangs of Wasseypur (2012)
2011Popular AwardAwards of the International Indian Film AcademyBest Actor in a Supporting RoleRaajneeti (2010)
2011Popular AwardAwards of the International Indian Film AcademyBest Performance in a Negative RoleRaajneeti (2010)
2011Filmfare AwardFilmfare AwardsBest Supporting ActorRaajneeti (2010)
2004Filmfare AwardFilmfare AwardsBest Supporting ActorLOC: Kargil (2003)
2004ScreenScreen Weekly AwardsBest Supporting ActorPinjar: Beyond Boundaries... (2003)
2003Filmfare AwardFilmfare AwardsBest Performance in a Villainous RoleRoad (2002)
2003ScreenScreen Weekly AwardsBest Performance in a Negative RoleRoad (2002)
2002Popular AwardAwards of the International Indian Film AcademyPerformance in a Negative RoleAks (2001)
2002Filmfare AwardFilmfare AwardsBest Villain/VillainessAks (2001)
2001Popular AwardAwards of the International Indian Film AcademyBest Performance in a Negative RoleFiza (2000)
1999Filmfare AwardFilmfare AwardsBest Supporting ActorSatya (1998)

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