Renowned Bollywood Talent, Manoj Bajpayee. faced a lot of rejections while walking on the path of his dreams and he was about to commit suicide when all of a sudden came an opportunity that saved his life. Manoj who harbored a wish to make a profession out of acting when he was just nine, faced numerous rejections taking him to his breaking point. The actor was talking about how an ‘outsider’ was spotted and brought to Mumbai, landing a film like ‘Satya’ and never looking back from thereon.
Talking to Humans of Bombay, about his struggle days, Manoj Bajpayee revealed that he, an Amitabh Bachchan fan, dreamt of becoming an actor at the age of nine. Introducing himself, Manoj said,
“I’m a farmer’s son; I grew up in a village in Bihar with 5 siblings–we went to a hut school. We led a simple life, but whenever we went to the city, we’d go to the theatre.”
Carrying a thought that he couldn’t afford to dream, Manoj continued with his studies but left home at the age of 17 to pursue his acting and theatre dreams at Delhi University.
“My family had no idea. Finally, I wrote a letter to dad–he wasn’t angry & even sent me Rs.200 to cover my fees! People back home called me ‘good for nothing’ but I turned a blind eye.”
Manoj, who spoke fluent Bhojpuri, had to work hard, learning both English and Hindi despite the constant struggle to finance daily needs. Revealing that he was on the verge of taking his life, Manoj said,
“I then applied to NSD, but was rejected thrice. I was close to committing suicide, so my friends would sleep next to me & not leave me alone. They kept me going until I was accepted.”
Luckily the same year, Manoj was approached by Tigmanshu Dhulia and Shekhar Kapur to come and work in Mumbai.
“That year, I was at a chai shop when Tigmanshu came looking for me on his khatara scooter–Shekhar Kapur wanted to cast me in Bandit Queen! So I felt I was ready & moved to Mumbai.”