Manoj Awarded Padma Shri
Critically acclaimed Bollywood actor Manoj Bajpayee was conferred with the ‘Padma Shri’, at the 70th Republic day, 26 January 2019.
From Bikhu Mahatre in Satya (1998), to Sardar Khan in Gangs of Wasseypur (2012), from an older gay professor in Aligarh (2015), to a scheming politician in Rajneeti (2010) actor Manoj Bajpayee has enthralled his fans with a variety of roles in his 25-year-long career in films.
Manoj arrived in Delhi in the late 80s. After getting rejected from the National School of Drama for 4 consecutive years, he met acting coach and theatre director Barry John and joined his theatre group. Impressed by Bajpayee’s acting, John hired him to assist him in his teaching.
Manoj has maintained his close association and friendship with Barry John and has been a frequent visitor to classes at the BJAS Mumbai Studio, where has spoken at length and answered students’ questions on succeeding in the difficult world of Bollywood. Manoj faithfully send birthday wishes (or attends parties) for Barry John’s birthday, and of course Barry sent his congratulations on the Padma Shri.
Manoj Bajpayee has earned his acting credentials doing theatre and is known for his acting sensibilities. He made his feature film debut with a one-minute role in Drokaal (1994), which was followed by a brief role in Shekhar Kapur’s Bandit Queen (1994). After a few unnoticed roles, he played the gangster Bhiku Mahatre in Ram Gopal Varma’s 1998 crime drama Satya, which proved to be his breakthrough role. He received the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor and the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor for the film.
He will next be seen in Son Chiriya which has an ensemble cast comprising Sushant Singh Rajput, Ranveer Shorey, Ashutosh Rana, and Bhumi Pednekar among others.