HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MANOJ BAJPAYEE: Actor Manoj Bajpayee gets a year older today, April 23. The actor is well-known for his variety and acting style. He has ruled many hearts, from little roles in films to showcase his talent by portraying the protagonists. After a few modest roles in films, he rose to attention as Bhiku Mhatre in Ram Gopal Varma’s crime drama Satya, released in 1998. In Satya (1998), Manoj Bajpayee as Bhiku Mhatre, an outsider from Belwa, Bihar, humanized Mumbai’s mafia. “Mumbai ka king Kaun?” “Bhiku Mhatre!” says the famous dialogue.
He’s won various honors since then, including Filmfare, Dada Saheb Phalke, and National Awards. In addition, he was awarded the Padma Shri for his contributions to cinema.
Manoj’s characters have emphasized his resolve not to be a cut-out actor over the years. They’ve been as diverse as human nature itself. Like the law-enforcer, who storms the sanctum of lawmakers in Shool (1999), or Maharaja Vijayendra Singh of Fatehpur in Zubeidaa (2001), where earthy Manoj demonstrated his ease amid the royal tiers.
In Gangs of Wasseypur (2012), he plays the daring ‘Keh Ke lenge’ Sardar Khan, who is all about wayward emotions and scruples. As tormented real-life academic Ramchandra Siras, who in Aligarh had a browbeaten expression of humiliation and powerlessness. Srikant Tiwari, who plays a spy disguised as a regular guy in the blockbuster online series The Family Man (2021), has swung the pendulum even further.
Manoj Bajpayee is a self-replenishing wellspring of talent, drawing from deep stores of his talent.