Manoj Bajpai Biography, Wife, Family, First Movie, Movies List & More

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Who is Manoj Bajpai?

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Born on 23 April 1969 (Age 51 years as of 2020), Manoj Bajpai, also known as Manoj Bajpayee, is a versatile actor. He predominantly works in the Bollywood film industry. Belonging from a small village, his hard work and dedication established him as one of the finest actors in Bollywood today.

His most famous dialogues that can never be forgotten, such as –

  • Mumbai ka King Kaun? Bhiku Mhatre (Satya)
  • Badshah ki gali mein aake uska pata nahi poochte, ghulamo ke jhuke hue sarr khud ba khud raasta bata dete hai (Shootout at Wadala).

Manoj Bajpai Biography

Early Life

Manoj Bajpai was born in a small village Belwa, Narkatiaganj, West Champaran (Bihar). He studied 10th from Khrist Raja High School, Bettiah. At The age of 17, he came to Delhi to pursue higher education and completed his 12th and graduation from Satyavati College and Ramjas College, Delhi University respectively.

He was very much influenced by Amitabh Bacchan and Naseeruddin Shah, therefore he decided to build his career in the film industry. For that, he applied to National School Drama (NSD) to pursue a career in acting but get rejected three times.

He was in depression for quite a while after consecutive rejections. Coming out of the depression he joined Berry John‘s theatre workshop. Impressed by his acting, Berry John offered him an assistant post in his acting school but his passion compelled him to reject the offer.

He then applied for the fourth time in NSD and this time he gets selected not as a student but as a teacher. After that, he moved to Mumbai to give a wing to his dream.

Breakthrough & Achievements

After struggling a lot, Manoj was cast in Drohkaal in 1994 for an uncredited small role. He then appeared in Shekhar Kapur‘s biographical drama Bandit Queen in 1994. He played the character of a decoit in it and started gaining some recognition. Bajpai has done many small roles in movies like Dastak (1996), Sanshodhan (1996), Daud (1997), Tamanna (1997), etc. He also worked for television serials like Kalakar (1994) and Swabhimaan (1995).

His first breakthrough was Ram Gopal Varma’s “Satya” in 1998 in which he played the unforgettable character of Bhiku Mahatre. His brilliant performance made him popular across the country. After this movie, he never looked back and signed many movies that won several awards and nominations.

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Bajpai is the recipient of the most prestigious Padma Shri Award and also won two National Film Awards and two Asia Pacific Screen Awards for his outstanding contributions to the entertainment world.

Age, Height, Birthday, Education, Hobbies & More

Real NameManoj Bajpayee, Manoj Bajpai
Zodiac SignTaurus
Date of Birth23 April 1969
Age51 Years
Height5 Feet 7 Inches (170.2 cm)
Birth PlaceBelwa, West Champaran (Bihar)
SchoolKhrist Raja High School, Bettiah
College/UniversityRamjas College, Delhi University,
National School of Drama
EducationGraduate in History Drama
Hobbies Theatre plays

Manoj Bajpai Family

Fathermanoj bajpai father image
Radhakant Bajpayee.
He was a farmer.
Mothermanoj bajpai 3
She is a housewife.
Wifemanoj bajpai wife image
Shabana Raza aka Neha.
Shabana is by profession an actress. She is known for movies like Kareeb, Fiza, Hogi Pyaar Ki Jeet, etc
Childrenmanoj bajpai daughter image
Ava Nayla.
Brothermanoj bajpai brother
Sujeet Kumar Bajpayee.
He is joint secretary in the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC)
Sistermanoj bajpai sister image
Poonam Pandy.
Poonam is a well-established fashion designer in the Bollywood film industry.

Manoj Bajpai First Movie

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DirectorGovind Nihalani
CastOm Puri, Naseeruddin Shah, Ashish Vidyarthi, Amish Puri, Annu Kapoor, Milind Gunaji, Mita Vashisht
WriterGovind Purushottam Deshpande,  Anjum Rajabali, Atul Tiwari
Music DirectorVanraj Bhatia, Anjan Biswas, Sunil Kaushik, Taufiq Qureshi

Bajpai made his first film debut in Govind Nihalani’s Drohkaal. He appeared in this movie for a very small and uncredited role. It is a suspense thriller movie that follows the story of an undercover agent whose job is to take down the terrorists.

Net worth, House, Salary, Cars

Net Worth140 crores (INR)
Salary5 – 6 crores per movie (INR)
Brand Endorsement30 – 50 Lakhs
HouseFlat in Oberoi Tower, Goregaon (8 crores)
Carsmanoj bajpai car collection
BMW 3 Series (41 L),
Toyota Fortuner (34 L),
Mahindra Scorpio (12 L)

Favorite Things

ActorsAmitabh Bachchan, Naseeruddin Shah
ActressTabu, Smita Patil
MovieGangs of Wasseypur
FoodPenne Pasta, Biryani
DirectorShekhar Kapoor, Ram Gopal Verma
Holiday DestinationNative place

Unknown Facts

  • He was named after Manoj Kumar.
  • After watching Amitabh Bachchan’s Zanjeer, he decided to become an actor.
  • Impressed by Bajpai’s performance in Bandit Queen, Ram Gopal Varma signed him for the epic movie Satya.
  • He traveled from his village to Delhi by train without a ticket due to the lack of money. He hid in the bathroom to avoid the ticket collector.
  • In his early days in Bollywood, he had to face a lot of criticism due to his look.
  • Before entering Bollywood he was married to a Delhi girl, but when he came to Mumbai they get divorced due to long-distance relationships and going through bad times.
  • After three consecutive rejections from the National School of Drama, he tried to commit suicide.
  • He has won two National Film Awards for the movie Satya (1998) and Pinjar (2003) for the best supporting actor and the special jury award.
  • Manoj is an inspiration to the legendary actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Pankaj Tripathi.

Girlfriend / Affair

Sabana Razamanoj bajpai girlfriend
Manoj and Sabana met during the premiere of the film Satya and became good friends. They slowly fell in love and get married in April 2006.

Manoj Bajpai Movies List

Drohkaal (1994)Director: Govind Nihalani
Co-Stars: Om Puri, Naseeruddin Shah, Ashish Vidyarthi, Amrish Puri, Annu Kapoor
Writer: Govind Purushottam Deshpande
Bandit Queen (1994)Director: Shekhar Kapur
Co-Stars: Seema Vishwas, Nirmal Pandey, Govind Naamdev, Saurabh Shukla
Writer: Ranjit Kapoor, Mala Sen
Dastak (1996)Director: Mahesh Bhatt
Co-Stars: Sharad Kapoor, Sushmita Sen, Mukul Dev
Writer: Vikram Bhatt, Sachin Bhowmick
Sanshodhan (1996)Director: Govind Nihalani
Co-Stars: Ashutosh Rana, Vanya Joshi, Anupam Shyam, Aditya Srivastava
Writer: Tripurari Sharma, Govind Nihlani
Tamanna (1997)Director: Mahesh Bhatt
Co-Stars: Pooja Bhatt, Paresh Rawal, Sharad Kapoor, Ashutosh Rana, Zohra Sehgal
Writer: Tanuja Chandra, Mahesh Bhatt
Daud (1997)Director: Ram Gopal Varma
Co-Stars: Sanjay Dutt, Urmila Matondkar, Paresh Rawal, Neeraj Vora, Ashish Vidyarthi
Writer: Sanjay Chhel, Kannan Iyer
Satya (1998)Director: Ram Gopal Varma
Co-Stars: D. J. Chakravarthy, Urmila Matondkar, Saurabh Shukla, Shefali Shah, Govind Namdev
Writer: Anurag Kashyap, Saurabh Shukla, Kona Venkat
Kaun? (1999)Director: Ram Gopal Varma
Co-Stars: Urmila Matondkar, Sushant Kumar
Writer: Anurag Kashyap
Shool (1999)Director: Eeshwar Nivas
Co-Stars: Raveena Tondon, Sayaji Shinde, Yashpal Sharma, Ganesh Yadav
Writer: Ram Gopal Varma, Eeshwar Nivas
Dil Pe Mat Le Yaar!! (2000)Director: Hansal Mehta
Co-Stars: Tabu, Kashmira Shah, Saurabh Shukla, Aditya Srivastava
Writer: Saurabh Shukla, Hansal Mehta
Ghaath (2000)Director: Akash Deep
Co-Stars: Tabu, Irrfan Khan, Anupam Kher, Om Puri, Arshad Warsi
Writer: Neeraj Pathak
Zubeidaa (2001)Director: Shyam Benegal
Co-Stars: Karishma Kapoor, Rekha, Amrish Puri, Shakti Kapoor, Farida Jalal
Writer: Khalid Mohamed
Aks (2003)Director: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
Co-Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Raveena Tondon, Nandita Das
Writer: Renzil D’Silva, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
Road (2002)Director: Rajat Mukherjee
Co-Stars: Vivek Oberoi, Antra Mali, Makarand Deshpande, Sayaji Shinde
Writer: Rajnish Thakur
Pinjar (2003)Director: Chandraprakash Dwivedi
Co-Stars: Urmila Matondkar, Priyanshu Chatterjee, Sanjay Suri, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Isha Koppikar
Writer: Chandraprakash Dwivedi, Amrita Pritam
LOC Kargil (2003)Director: J. P. Dutta
Co-Stars: Sanjay Dutt, Ajay Devgan, Abhishek Bachchan, Saif Ali Khan, Akshaye Khanna, Kareena Kapoor, Akkineni Nagarjun, Sunil Shetty, Rani Mukerji, Raveena Tondon, Sanjay Kapoor, Raj Babbar, Ashutosh Rana, Esha Deol, Mahima Chaudhary
Writer: J. P. Dutta
Hanan (2004)Director: Makarand Deshpande
Co-Stars: Sonali Kulkarni, Seema Biswas, Makarand Deshpande, Deepak Shirke, Sayaji Shinde
Writer: Makarand Deshpande
Jaago (2004)Director: Mehul Kumar
Co-Stars: Raveena Tondon, Hansika Motwani, Sanjay Kapoor, Manoj Joshi
Writer: K. K. Singh
Veer-Zaara (2004)Director: Yash Chopra
Co-Stars: Shahrukh Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Hema Malini, Preity Zinta, Rani Mukerji, Anupam Kher, Divya Dutta
Writer: Aditya Chopra
Inteqam: The Perfect Game (2004)Director: Pankuj Parashar
Co-Stars: Isha Koppikar, Netra Raghuraman, Sharat Saxena
Writer: Rajiv Babbar
Return to Rajapur (2005)Director: Nanda Anand
Co-Stars: Lynn Collins, Kelli Garner, Justin Theron
Writer: Nanda Anand
Bewafaa (2005)Director: Dharmesh Darshan
Co-Stars: Akshay Kumar, Anil Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor, Sushmita Sen, Kabir Bedi
Writer: Raj Sinha, Dharmesh Darshan
Fareb (2005)Director: Vikram Bhatt
Co-Stars: Suman Ranganathan, Millind Gunaji, Faraaz Khan, Makarand Deshpande
Writer: Iqbal Durrani
Happy (2006), TeluguDirector: A. Karunakaran
Co-Stars: Genelia D’Souza, Allu Arjun, Tenikella Bharani, Venu Madhav, Rama Prava
Writer: Radha Mohan
1971 (2007)Director: Amrit Sagar
Co-Stars: Piyush Mishra, Ravi Kishan, Deepak Dobrial, Manav Kaul, Kumud Mishra
Writer: Piyush Mishra
Swami (2007)Director: Ganesh Acharya
Co-Stars: Juhi Chawla, Neha Pendse, Vivek Shauk
Writer: Ganesh Acharya
Dus Kahaniyaan (2007)Director: Hansal Mehta, Apoorva Lakhia, Sanjay Gupta, Meghna Gulzar, Rohit Roy
Co-Stars: Sanjay Dutt, Arbaaz Khan, Dia Mirza, Neha Dhupia, Dino Morea, Anupam Kher, Mahesh Manjrekar, Vivek Oberoi, Jimmy Shergill, Nana Patekar
Writer: Hansal Mehta, Apoorva Lakhia, Sanjay Gupta, Meghna Gulzar, Rohit Roy
Money Hai Toh Honey Hai (2008)Director: Ganesh Acharya
Co-Stars: Govinda, Aftab Shivdasani, Hansika Motwani, Upen Patel, Celina Jaitly, Ravi Kishan, Prem Chopra
Writer: Muazzam Beg
Jugaad (2009)Director: Anand Kumar
Co-Stars: Hrishita Bhatt, Sanjay Mishra, Vijay Raaz, Govind Anand, Nitin Arora
Writer: Priyank Dubey, Bunty Rathore
Acid Factory (2009)Director: Suparn Verma
Co-Stars: Dia Mirza, Aftab Shivdashani, Dino Morea, Irrfan Khan, Danyy Denzongpa
Writer: Milind Gadagkar
Jail (2009)Director: Madhur Bhandarkar
Co-Stars: Neil Nitin Mukesh, Mugdha Godse, Arya Babbar, Atul Kulkarni, Rahul Singh, Navni Parihar
Writer: Madhur Bhandarkar
Puli (2010), TeluguDirector: S. J. Surya
Co-Stars: Pawan Kalyan, Nikesha Patel, Shriya Saran, Girish Karnad
Writer: S. J. Surya
Vedam (2010), TeluguDirector: Krish
Co-Stars: Allu Arjun, Anushka Shetty, Deeksha Seth, Brahmanandam, Raghu Babu
Writer: Krish
Raajneeti (2010)Director: Prakash Jha
Co-Stars: Ranbir Kapoor, Ajay Devgan, Katrina Kaif, Arjun Rampal, Nana Patekar, Sarah Thompson, Naseeruddin Shah, Shruti Seth, Darshan Jariwala
Writer: Prakash Jha
Dus Tola (2010)Director: Ajay Varma
Co-Stars: Aarti Chabria, Pallavi Sharda, Asrani, Govind Namdev
Writer: Sunil Saigal, Raghunath Paleri
Aarakshan (2011)Director: Prakash Jha
Co-Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Deepika Padukone, Saif Ali Khan, Pratiek Babbar, Tanvi Azmi, Mukesh Tiwari, Darshan Jariwala
Writer: Kamalesh Pandey
Lanka (2011)Director: Maqbool Khan
Co-Stars: Arjan Bajwa, Tia Bajpai, Yashpal Sharma, Manish Chaudhary
Writer: Shashank Dabral
Chittagong (2012)Director: Bedabrata Pain
Co-Stars: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Rajkummar Rao, Jaideep Ahlawat, Vega Tamotia, Vijay Varma
Writer: Bedabrata Pain, ‎Shonali Bose
Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 1 (2012)Director: Anurag Kashyap
Co-Stars: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Richa Chadda, Veenit Kumar Singh,
Writer: Zeishan Quadri
Chakravyuh (2012)Director: Prakash Jha
Co-Stars: Arjun Rampal, Abhay Deol, Esha Gupta, Anjali Patil, Mukesh Tiwari, Kabir Bedi
Writer: Sagar Pandya, Anjum Rajabali, Prakash Jha
Samar (2013), TamilDirector: Thiru
Co-Stars: Sunaina, Vishal, J. D. Chakravorty, Milind Soman, Sampath Raj
Writer: Thiru
Special 26 (2013)Director: Neeraj Pandey
Co-Stars: Akshay Kumar, Kajal Aggarwal, Neetu Singh, Anupam Kher, Jimmy Shergill, Diva Dutta, Rajesh Sharma
Writer: Neeraj Pandey
Shootout at Wadala (2013)Director: Sanjay Gupta
Co-Stars: John Abraham, Tusshar Kapoor, Kangana Ranaut, Anil Kapoor, Sonu Sood, Ronit Roy, Mahesh Manjrekar
Writer: Hussain Zaidi, Sanjay Gupta
Satyagraha (2013)Director: Prakash Jha
Co-Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Ajay Devgan, Kareena Kapoor, Arjun Rampal, Amrita Rao, Mugdha Godse
Writer: Anjum Rajabali, Prakash Jha
Anjaan (2014), TamilDirector: N. Lingusamy
Co-Stars: Suriya, Samantha Akkineni, Vidyut Jammwal, Dalip Tahil, Murali Sharma
Writer: Brindha Sarathy, N. Lingusamy
Tevar (2015)Director: Amit Sharma
Co-Stars: Arjun Kapoor, Sonakshi Sinha, Rajesh Sharma, Raj Babbar, Gunjan Malhotra
Writer: Gunasekhar, Shantanu Srivastava
Aligarh (2016)Director: Hansal Mehta
Co-Stars: Rajkummar Rao, Dilnaz Irani, Ashish Vidyarthi
Writer: Apurva Asrani, Ishani Banerjee‎
Traffic (2016)Director: Rajesh Pillai
Co-Stars: Jimmy Shergill, Divya Dutta, Parambrata Chatterjee, Sachin Khedekar
Writer: Bobby Sanjay
Budhia Singh – Born to Run (2016)Director: Saumendra Padhi
Co-Stars: Mayur Mahendra Patole, Tillotama Shome, Gajraj Rao
Writer: Saumendra Padhi
Saat Uchakkey (2016)Director: Sanjeev Sharma
Co-Stars: Aditi Sharma, Kay Kay Menon, Vijay Raaz, Anupam Kher, Annu Kapoor, Aparshakti Khurana
Writer: Sanjeev Sharma
Naam Shabana (2017)Director: Neeraj Pandey, Shivam Nair
Co-Stars: Akshay Kumar, Taapsse Pannu, Taher Sabbir, Ali AvrRam, Anupam Kher
Writer: Rajshri Sudhakar, Neeraj Pandey
Sarkar 3 (2017)Director: Ram Gopal Varma
Co-Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Yami Gautam, Jackie Shroff, Amit Sadh, Ronit Roy
Writer: Ramkumar Singh, Nilesh Girkar, P. Jaya Kumar
Rukh (2017)Director: Atanu Mukherjee
Co-Stars: Adarsh Gourav, Smita Tambe, Ahssas Tannha, Kumud Mishra
Writer: Akash Mohimen, Atanu Mukherjee
Aiyaary (2018)Director: Siddharth Malhotra
Co-Stars: Rakul Preet Singh, Pooja Chopra, Naseeruddin Shah, Adil Hussain, Anupam Kher
Writer: Neeraj Pandey
Baaghi 2 (2018)Director: Ahmed Khan
Co-Stars: Tiger Shroff, Disha Pat, Randeep Hooda, Prateik Babbar
Writer: Abbas Dalal, Hussain Dalal
Missing (2018)Director: Mukul Abhyankar
Co-Stars: Tabu, Annu Kapoor, Rajesh Jais
Writer: Mukul Abhyankar
Satyameva Jayate (2018)Director: Milap Javeri
Co-Stars: John Abraham, Nora Fatehi, Aisha Sharma, Manish Chaudhary
Writer: Milap Javeri
Gali Guleiyan (2018)Director: Dipesh Jain
Co-Stars: Shahana Goswami, Ranbir Shorey, Neeraj Kabi
Writer: Dipesh Jain
Love Sonia (2018)Director: Tabrez Noorani
Co-Stars: Mrunal Thakur, Freida Pinto, Richa Chadda, Anupam Kher, Rajkummar Rao, Demi Moore
Writer: Ted Caplan, Alkesh Vaja
Bhonsle (2018)Director: Devashish Makhija
Co-Stars: Ipshita Chakraborty Singh, Abhishek Banerjee, Santosh Juvekar, Shrikant Yadav
Writer: Devashish Makhija, Sharanya Rajgopal
Sonchiriya (2019)Director: Abhishek Chaubey
Co-Stars: Sushant Singh Rajput, Ranbir Shorey, Bhumi Pednekar, Ashutosh Rana
Writer: Abhishek Chaubey, Sudip Sharma
Mrs. Serial Killer (2020)Director: Shirish Kunder
Co-Stars: Jackeline Fernandiz, Mohit Raina, Chanda Joshi, Deepak Arora
Writer: Shirish Kunder
Suraj Pe Mangal Bhari (2020)Director: Abhishek Sharma
Co-Stars: Diljit Dosanjh, Fatima Sana Shaikh, Neha Pendse, Vijay Raaz, Annu Kapoor
Writer: Shokhi Banerjee, Rohan Shankar

Apart from the Manoj Bajpai movies list, he also appeared in Fiza (2000) as a guest. He has done four short movies namely Jai Hind (2015), Taandav (2016), Kriti (2016), and Ouch (2016). Bajpai also appeared in Amazon’s Prime web series The Family Man in 2019.

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