A self-proclaimed fan of Amitabh Bachchan, he said that he grew up in a village in Bihar and have always wanted to go to the theater on his visit to the city in childhood.
New Delhi | Jagran Entertainment Desk: In recent interaction with people from Bombay, bollywood actor Manoj Bajpayee recalled his journey at the beginning of the year in the city of dreams. Talked about his difficult days, the actor opened his testimony can be rejected by the National school of drama (NSD) three times to become one of the top stars in bollywood.
In the post, Manoj showed that due to facing a denial of NSD, he was suicidal and his friends will sleep with him to guard him in the moment. “I was an outcast, trying to fit in. So, I taught myself English and Hindi, Bhojpuri was a big part of how I spoke. I then applied to NSD, but was rejected three times. I was close to commit suicide, so my friends slept next to me and won’t leave me alone. They kept me until I was adopted,” expressed in the post.
Remembering a time when “even the vada Pav is expensive,” he used to live in a rented pregnant Zhenya Sokolov with up to five friends in the city.
A self-proclaimed fan of Amitabh Bachchan, he said that he grew up in a village in Bihar and have always wanted to go to the theater on his visit to the city in childhood. “At 9, I knew the game was my destiny,” he said, adding that he wanted to be like Amitabh Bachchan, but could not afford to dream and continued his studies. At 17 he went to Delhi and joined du, where he kept himself busy theatre.
Revealing the truth about the theater with his family after keeping it a secret for a long time, he said, “Finally, I wrote a letter to his father – he was not angry and even sent me 200 rupees to cover my expenses! People back home called me a ‘deadbeat’ but I closed my eyes.”
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“I am the son of a farmer, I grew up in a village in Bihar state with 5 brothers and sisters–we went to school hut. We led a simple life, but whenever we went into town, we go to the theater. I was a fan of Bachchan and wanted to be like him. At 9, I knew the game was my destiny. But I couldn’t afford to dream and continued his studies. Still, my mind refuses to concentrate on something else, so at 17 I went to du. There, I did theatre, but my family had no idea. Finally, I wrote a letter to the Pope–he wasn’t angry and even sent me RS.200 to cover my expenses! People call me ‘unlucky’ but I closed my eyes. I was an outcast, trying to fit in. So, I taught myself English and Hindi, Bhojpuri was a big part of how I spoke. I then applied to NSD, but was rejected three times. I was close to commit suicide, so my friends slept next to me and won’t leave me alone. They kept me until I was adopted. That year I was at a tea shop when Tigmanshu was looking for me on his scooter–khatara Shekhar Kapur wanted to cast me in “the bandit Queen”! So I felt that I was ready and moved to Mumbai. It was hard at first–I rented pregnant Zhenya Sokolov with 5 friends and was looking for work, but did not get the role. One day, an ad ripped off my photos and I lost 3 projects a day. I was even told to ‘get out’ after the 1st shot. I didn’t fit the face so the ideal “hero” they thought I’d never make it to the big screen. All this time I struggled to hire and sometimes even vada Pav is costly. But the hunger in my stomach are unable to dissuade me with a hunger to succeed. After 4 years of struggle, I got the role in the TV series Mahesh Bhatt is. I have RS.1500 for a series–my first steady income. My work was noticed and I was offered my first bollywood film, and soon I got my big break with ‘radish’. That’s when the rewards rolled in. I bought my first house and knew…I was here to stay. After 67 films, I’m here. That’s the thing about dreams–when it comes to turning them into reality, difficulties don’t matter. What is important is believing that 9-year-old Bihari boy and nothing more”.– Plate with @sonylivindia brings you the story of Manoj Bajpayee, whose life has come full circle. Watch his award winning performance in Bhonsle, click the link in the bio!
Manoj Bajpayee recently starred in the drama Bhonsle film Devashish Makhija, which is now streaming on Sony Liv.
Wrote: Simran Babbar
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