He was born in a small village of Bihar on the border of Nepal called Belwa near the town Narkatiaganj in West Champaran. He worked as a teacher at Salaam Balak Trust in Delhi. He started his career with a television serial aired on Doordarshan, Swaabhimaan. It is very difficult to choose ten of his finest films but nevertheless. Movienasha put together a list of Top 10 Manoj Bajpai Movies. We hope this will entice you to watch some. Numbers here are in any random order and does not suggest level of greatness in the movie. Please leave comment if you think differently and have something in mind which you want me to notice.Your comment are always welcome!
1. Gang of Wasseypur-Part 1 (2012)
Gang of wasseypur is my favorite movie which i personally watch and one of the superb Manoj Bajpai movies.It was released in 2012 and directed and produced by Anurag Kashyap,and starring Manoj Bajpai, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Huma Qureshi, Tigmanshu Dhullia, Jaideep Ahlawat, Piyush Mishra, Reemma Sen, Richa Chadda. This movie centered on the Coal mafia of Dhanbad, Jharkhand, and the underlying power struggles, politics, and vengeance between three crime families. Its story spans from the early 1940s to mid-1990s.The entire film was shot at one go but due to extended time of 318 minutes of the complete print, it was eventually divided into two movies. The film received an A certification from the Indian censor board. The films soundtrack is heavily influenced by traditional Indian folk songs.
2. Raajneeti (2010)
Raajneeti is a Indian political thriller film. It was released in 2010 and directed and produced by Prakash Jha and starring Ajay Devgan, Nana Patekar, Ranbir Kapoor, Katrina Kaif, Arjun Rampal, Manoj Bajpayee, Sarah Thompson, Naseeruddin Shah. The film draws parallels to the epic Mahabharata where shades of Krishna ,Arjuna, Bheema, Duryodhana and Karna can be seen in the character portrayed.Critically the movie was well received, and earned about 143 crores at the Box Office. It had portrayed the murkiness and the tricks of politicians and the struggle very well. Asequel of Raajneeti has been declared by Prakash Jha. This movie will cast Katrina Kaif as Powerful Politician. It is also one of the best Manoj Bajpai movies and the acting of all the stars has been appreciated by the audience.
3. Satyagraha (2013)
Satyagraha is one of the best indian hindi political movies. The term Satyagraha was coined and developed by Mahatma Gandhi.It was released in 2013 and directed by Prakash Jha and starring Amitabh Bachchan, Kareena Kapoor, Ajay Devgan, Arjun Rampal, Manoj Bajpai, Amrita Rao. Amitabh Bachchan plays the role of Dwarka Anand, a man who is a firm believer of truth and an inherent believer of society who wants his son to give back to society and the nation all that they have given him. Manav and Arjun decide to construct a regional party to eliminate corruption and reconstruct the entire system for the welfare of a common man.
4. Satya (1998)
Satya is a Indian crime film written and directed by Ram Gopal Varma. It was released in 1998 starring Manoj Bajpai, J.D Chakravarthy, Urmila Matondkar, Paresh Rawal, Govind Namdev, Saurabh Shukla, Jeeva, Sanjai Mishra. The first film of the Indian Gangster trilogy, tells the story of Satya, an immigrant who comes to Mumbai seeking his fortune but instead gets sucked into the Mumbai underworld.The film was show cased among the Indian Panaroma and the New York Asian Film festival. The film was listed among CNN-IBN’s 100 greatest Indian films of all time. Satya become a surprise hit at the box office of 1998. The film went on to win six Filmfare Awards. It is considered one of the best gangster Manoj Bajpai movies.
5. Shool (1999)
Shool is a Indian Hindi crime movie written by Ram Gopal Varma and directed by E.Nivas. The film portrays the politician-criminal nexus and the criminalization of politics in the state of Bihar and its effect on the life of an honest police officer. It was released in 1999 starring Manoj Bajpai, Raveena Tandon, Sayaji Shinde. The film starred manoj Bajpai as inspector Samar Pratap Singh and Sayaji Shinde as the borderline psychopath criminal-politician Bachhu Yadav. The film opens with a late-night telephone call from Patna to Yadav’s residence that the party he works for has selected another politician for the ticket this time. Yadav wastes no time and gets that politician stabbed under his supervision. The film won the National film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi.