Actor Manoj Bajpayee is celebrating his 53rd birthday today (April 23). Manoj’s wife Shabana Raza is also an actress, Shabana, also known as Neha Bajpayee. Manoj once revealed that when he first saw Shabana at a Bollywood party in 1998, he fell in love with Shabana. Shabana’s simplicity had won Manoj’s heart at first sight.
The first time was in 1998, Manoj’s first marriage was with a girl from Delhi, but later they got divorced. Manoj met Shabana for the first time in 1998. The two married in 2006 and have a daughter together. In Manoj Bajpayee Kuch Payne Ki Zid, the biography of the actor penned by Piyush Pandey, Manoj reveals that Shabana’s simplicity stole his heart at first.
Manoj filmmaker Hansal Mehta, who lost his heart over Shabana’s simplicity, had organized a party to complete 100 episodes of the TV serial, where both of them met. Manoj told in the book, “When I reached the party,
I saw a girl sitting without makeup with oil in her hair and glasses in her eyes. I thought that no Bollywood heroine has the courage to come to the party by applying oil in her hair. If you go, then I just fell in love with this simplicity.
The book, which dated for eight years before marriage, states that Shabana was in depression at that time as her film almost flopped at the box office and she had only one upcoming film (Hogi Pyaar Ki Jeet).
In the after party, the two talked a lot together and the actress forgot all her worries for a while. After this, Shabana introduced Manoj to her family and they were in a relationship for eight years before getting married.
Upcoming Projects On the work front, Manoj has recently started shooting for Devashish Makhija’s upcoming thriller drama Zoram. Manoj was last seen in Zee5’s ‘Dial 100’ and season 2 of the Amazon Prime Video series ‘The Family Man’. In a span of more than three decades, Manoj has acted in more than 70 films.