Manoj Bajpayee (born 23 April 1969), also credited as Manoj Bajpai, is an Indian film actor who works predominantly in Bollywood,Telugu cinema and Tamil cinema. He has received praise from many critics for his acting performances in Indian Cinema, most notably for his roles as dacoit Maan Singh in Bandit Queen, Raghavan in Aks, Bhiku Mahatre in Satya, Rasheed in Pinjar, and Sardar Khan in Gangs of Wasseypur. His work has been recognised by several Filmfare awards as well as multiple National Film Awards.
Manoj Bajpayee was born in a small village of Bihar on the border of Nepal called Belwa near the town Narkatiaganj in West Champaran. He completed his basic education from Khrist Raja High School in Bettiah. He then went to Satyawati College first after then he took migration to Ramjas College, Delhi University where he studied and graduated in history. After being rejected four times at the National School of Drama, he did theatre with Barry John at Barry's Drama School.