Manoj Bajpai's name is almost synonymous to critically acclaimed films and roles. Whether it be the crass gangster in Gangs of Wasseypur or the humble professor in Aligarh, Manoj Bajpai has given many fantastic performances over the years. However in his recent interview with Humans of Bombay Manoj Bajpai revealed that he once contemplated suicide. Bajpai said that the National School of Drama rejected him thrice and it completely shattered him.
He recalled saying, "I was an outsider, trying to fit in. So, I began to teach myself English and Hindi– Bhojpuri was a big part of the Hindi I spoke. I then applied to NSD, but was rejected thrice– I’ve never come as close to committing suicide as I did then. My friends were scared– they would sleep next to me and not leave me alone. They encouraged me to keep going, until finally, I was accepted."
He added saying, "That year, I was at a nukkad chai shop when I saw my friend Tigmanshu coming on his khatara scooter, looking for me– Shekhar Kapur wanted to cast me in Bandit Queen! Thinking that I was finally ready, I moved to Mumbai.
The first 4 years were the hardest– I rented a chawl with 5 friends and ran from one studio to the next for work. No roles came my way. Once, an AD ripped my photo up and threw it. Another time, I lost 3 projects in a day."
Manoj Bajpai also recently appeared in Amazon Prime Video's The Family Man.