“I Was Close to Committing Suicide”: Manoj Bajpayee

“I Was Close to Committing Suicide”: Manoj Bajpayee
Manoj Bajpayee at special screening of Aarakshan Bollywood Hungama / CC BY

After Late. Sushant Singh Rajput’s suicide case, several stars from the Bollywood fraternity are coming forward on intense concepts like- depression and nepotism. Following the bandwagon, Manoj Bajpayee spoke about his initial struggling days when a ‘Vada Pav’ seemed expensive to him. Also, he told that he was living in a rented chawl with five other people, had suicidal thoughts, and illustrated how his true friends helped him pass that disturbing phase. 

While sharing his personal experiences, he narrated his story of being a guy who doesn’t have an “ideal hero face” to one of the best actors of the present age. 

He started with his early life and told Humans of Bombay that- “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 theater. I was a Bachchan fan & wanted to be like him. At 9, I knew acting was my destiny.” Source- Humans of Bombay Instagram 

He added- “I was close to committing suicide, so my friends would sleep next to me and not leave me alone. They kept me going until I was accepted. 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,” Source- Humans of Bombay Instagram 

After 4 years of hard-core struggle in the Bollywood industry, the ace actor managed to fetch a role in a Soap Opera ‘Swabhimaan’ by Mahesh Bhatt. The serial was aired on Doordarshan and had great fan-following. He started with INR 1500 per episode, which he considers as his first-ever steady income. His work was highly appreciated in ‘Swabhimann,’ which helped him fetch his first Bollywood movie ‘Satya.’ 

At last, Bajpayee shared how his hard work paid off well. 

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