First Look: Manoj Bajpayee on the set of 'Aligarh'

The critically acclaimed and brilliant actor Manoj Bajpayee celebrated his birthday yesterday. The intense and charismatic actor turned 46. He was born on April 23, 1969.

Manoj is currently shooting for his upcoming film titled ‘Aligarh’. The film is being directed by the well-known and award-winning director Hansal Mehta.

The story of the film Aligarh is indeed topical and a sensitive one. The film is based upon the true story of the professor going under the name of Dr Shrinivas Ramchandra Siras. He was a professor of Aligarh Muslim University in India and was purported to be a gay. As the identity of the professor was disclosed in the public he had to face the wrath of anger from a certain section of the population. He was also terminated from his office on that score. He was ostracized and a little later was found dead.

Manoj has in his career delivered many other sophisticated and impressive performances in some of the most remembered and celebrated Bollywood movies like Shool, Aks, and Raajneeti.

The 46 years old actor most recently worked in Anurag Kashyap’s popular gangster-centric renowned film Gangs of Wasseypur.

In Aks he acted along with Bollywood’s iconic figure Amitabh Bacchan. The film Raajneeti that came much later in his career had seen him working along with the Bollywood’s youth icon Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif in the film. Raajneeti and Gangs of Wasseypur both have done incredibly well at the box office. Both the films have in fact been able to cull a lot of appreciation from the critics’ end too.

Manoj Bajpayee made his mark in Bollywood and garnered the appreciation of the critics with the successful film Satya. The film was directed by the famous director Ram Gopal Verma. The portrayal of his character, an iconic character named Bhiku Mhatre won him raves reviews and recognition in Bollywood. Before he joined film industry he had worked in Indian television too.

Manoj Bajpayee is one of the most successful products of the National School of Drama in India. The actor is married to actress Neha and they are blessed with a daughter. Adding another feather to his cap, Manoj has lately turned into a producer with a yet untitled film. He has signed in the versatile and critically acclaimed actress Tabu for his film. She has been cast opposite to him. The film will be directed by Mukul Abhyankar.