Manoj Bajpayee’s life is in itself a story of an underdog grabbing the proverbial brass ring. He got rejected by National School Of Drama, honed his craft.got a huge break as Bhiku Mhatre, did some amazing roles and then got faded into oblivion, came back again In Anurag Kashyap’s Gang of Wasseypur and now is finally getting the appreciation and acoolades he deserves.Isn’t it a good script? We deman royalty for this idea.
Manoj Bajpayee is a school of acting and his characters are the lessons to learn from. We bring to you his lesser known roles which deserve an Oscar:
Manoj Bajpayee does what he does best. He makes slipping into the character of Khuddoos as easy as Batman slipping into his Bat-Suit and saving Gotham. Manoj Bajpayee’s Khuddoos is one-up to Christian Bale’s Trevor Reznik from The Machinist.
It’s a gamble to play a homosexual role on the big screen, especially when we live in a regressive society which is still trying hard to accept the LGBT community. Not many people know that five actors—Shahid Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Farhan Akhtar and Aditya Roy Kapoor—rejected to play a gay in Kapoor and Sons. It was a side role though. Manoj Bajpayee, on the other hand, didn’t shy away from playing the role of homosexual in Aligarh. He essayed the role of Professor Ramchandra Siras and earned huge critical acclaim for the same.
Manoj played the role of a headstrong cop Samar Pratap Singh in Shool. The story of an honest policeman earning the wrath of a current politician kept the audiences intrigued by the entire film.
After playing some serious roles, Manoj Bajpayee tapped into the genre of romance with Zubeidaa. He was charming in his role as Maharaja Vijayendra Singh, in which he shared screen space with two beautiful ladies Rekha and Karisma Kapoor. His performance was describes as magical yet melancholic.
Pinjar is one of Manoj Bajpayee’s favourite films as well as one of his best performances, according to him. In the movie, which was about Hindu-Muslim problems during the partition of India, he plays the role of an unsympathetic kidnapper who falls in love Puro, a character played by Urmila Matondkar. From a kidnapper to a loving husband, Manoj showcases his acting skills to the best. He won the Special Jury National Award for Pinjar.