This Actor Got Rejected Thrice By The National School Of Drama!

Bollywood’s one of the finest talented actors, ‘Manoj Bajpayee’ was born in the state of Bihar. He is the son of a farmer and his mother is a housewife. Since childhood, the actor did farming along with his father and aspired to become an actor one day. The ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ actor was named after the late actor of the 60-70s, Manoj Kumar.

Actor Manoj Bajpayee’s life has been more interesting than his movies. Bajpayee, who can naturally play a villainous role or the role of a hero, he has struggled a lot since childhood. Due to financial constraints, he had difficulty even completing his education.


Manoj Bajpayee in his youth was extremely passionate about acting. He had heard about the ‘National School of Drama’ in Delhi and how actors like ‘Naseeruddin Shah’ and ‘Paresh Rawal’ had applied there for admission. The ‘Aligarh’ actor got rejected so he applied once again, and then again he got rejected. The actor got rejected from NSD thrice! The ‘Shool’ actor wanted to commit suicide due to constant rejection from the place which was obstructing his path towards acting.

Once in life there comes a chance or an opportunity which has to be taken control or grabbed which the ‘Satya’ actor did. He took up Director and acting coach Barry John’s workshop after a suggestion. John was so much impressed by Bajpayee’s acting that he actually hired him as a teacher!


Thereafter, once again the ‘Aks’ actor applied for NSD and the actor was offered a teaching position at the school! What happened after, we all know.

When Manoj Bajpayee was a guest lecturer at NSD he told the audience, “I did theatre for three years before applying to NSD for the first time, but I was rejected. I reapplied several times par inhone mujhe liya nahin. Inke nahi lene se itna toh hua ki meri intensity (towards acting) badhti gai. Thank you NSD for not selecting me.”

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Samyak Sheth
Samyak Sheth

A traveller and journalist who views the world wearing multi-coloured goggles. He believes that life is to live not to survive.

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