Manoj Bajpayee, one of the finest actors that we have in the country says that there was a time when he had no money to eat and so had to do a few episodes of TV series for just a thousand bucks per episode. Manoj says that he could heave a sigh of relief only after the success of his serial Swabhiman. The serial started giving him Rs. 2,000 per episode. Those were the days he had some money in his wallet all the time, reminisces the talented actor.
Speaking to a leading newspaper about his 18 long years in Bollywood, Manoj Bajpayee got nostalgic. Speaking about his struggle in the industry before he essayed his role as Bhiku Mhatre in Satya, Manoj Bajpai said that those days were rather discouraging as he had to compromise on his beliefs for his needs.
Manoj, who is a passionate lover of theatre is unable to convince himself on singing, dancing and doing all that is expected of a commercial film hero.
Asking all newcomers to do as many films as possible, Manoj Bajpayee recalls, My great moment was when Mahesh Bhatt found me from a series called Swabhiman. He realised that I was capable of big things and he gave me a role in Tamanna. And then Ram Gopal Varma saw me in Tamanna and Bandit Queen and he thought I was capable of being Bhiku Mhatre."
When asked about how he felt being tagged as a serious actor, Manoj Bajpayee cited examples of films like Zubeida and Road. He said that though he hasn't done a slapstick film, he cannot be termed a serious actor.
Success hasn't spoilt Manoj Bajpayee as he says humbly that he tries not to give in to temptation. Talking about owning a Mercedes, Manoj said that he is not comfortable with the status symbol and added, “Mr. Amitabh Bachchan will be more comfortable in a Mercedes than Manoj Bajpayee. Because he has the status of being a very big star. He can afford a Mercedes and I can afford a lesser car than that."
Manoj Bajpayee has sure come a long way since his days of struggle. We wish him good luck in his endeavour to do more meaningful and performance oriented roles.