Manoj Bajpayee has come a long way in Bollywood. The actor has made a place for himself in the industry with his stellar performances in various films.
Recently, the actor opened up about how he was on the verge of committing suicide during his struggling days.
In a recent interview, the actor shared that he decided to be an actor at the age of 9. But he couldn't afford it and hence continued his studies. He then shifted to Delhi for higher studies at the university and also started doing theatres simultaneously. Soon after that, he applied to the National School of Drama, however, got rejected thrice.
Bajpayee stated that he was close to committing suicide, his friends would sleep next to him and not leave him alone. His friends supported him till he was accepted.
After shifting to Mumbai, Manoj Bajpayee shared a chawl with five others and started looking for work but got no roles. Talking about his initial days of struggle, Bajpayee said, “Once, an AD tore my photo & I’ve lost 3 projects in a day. I was even told to ‘get out’ after my 1st shot. I didn’t fit the ideal ‘hero’ face–so they thought I’d never make it to the big screen. All the while, I struggled to make rent & at times even a vada pav was costly. But the hunger in my stomach couldn’t dissuade my hunger to succeed.”
On the work front, the actor was last seen in Abhishek Chaubey's 'Sonchiriya' starring Sushant Singh Rajput. The film was released in March last year.
It was only after four years of struggle that the actor managed a role in Mahesh Bhatt’s soap opera Swabhimaan that aired on Doordarshan. “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’,” Bajpayee recalled. Lastly, Manoj Bajpayee shared how all his hard work paid off in the end. “That’s when the awards rolled in. I bought my first house & knew…I was here to stay. 67 films later, here I am. That’s the thing about dreams–when it comes to turning them into reality, the hardships don’t matter. What matters is the belief of that 9-year-old Bihari boy & nothing else,” he concluded.