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Manoj Bajpayee on his struggles: I was close to committing suicide

Many stories of Bollywood actors have been catching up with the audience as they get talking about their struggles and more. Amidst everything that has been going on since the past couple of days, Manoj Bajpyee got talking about his journey to Bollywood. Among other things, Manoj Bajpayee recalled being rejected, the kind of work he was offered, fulfilling his dreams and more.

For starters, the actor went on to reveal how he wanted to be an actor since he was 9, but he couldn’t afford it. However, that did not quite stop him from pursuing his dreams and he left for DU at 17. While studying, he also participated in theatre but never told his parents about it. However, when he did tell his father about it, he was elated and also sent him money to cover the fees.

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None the less, his journey continued to have roadblocks after roadblocks, and he was also rejected from NSD thrice. He revealed, “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.”

Eventually, he landed his first role in Bandit Queen and decided to move to Mumbai. However, making a living in the city was difficult and on some days, even vada paw seemed to be expensive. Manoj Bajpayee spoke about how he looked for work and the rejections he faced. He narrates, “I didn’t fit the ideal ‘hero’ face–so they thought I’d never make it to the big screen.”

None the less, there was no giving up for the actor and he finally got a steady role and his big break. He says, “After 4 years of struggle, I got a role in Mahesh Bhatt’s TV series. I got Rs.1500 per episode–my first steady income. My work was noticed & I was offered my first Bollywood film & soon, I got my big break with ‘Satya’.”

Concluding his journey and his zest for achieving the dreams, Manoj Bajpayee said how hardships don’t matter once you achieve them. Finally, the actor said, “What matters is the belief of that 9-year-old Bihari boy & nothing else.”

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