When Manoj Bajpayee saw his wife Shabana Raza with oily hair at a gathering, he fell for her'saadgi': 'No heroine has the guts...'

  • April 23, 2022, 11:43 a.m.

Actor Manoj Bajpayee, who has worked in over 70 films during his career spanning almost three decades, is celebrating his 53rd birthday on Saturday. Manoj's wife, Shabana Raza, also known as Neha Bajpayee, is also an actor. Manoj once revealed that it was love at first sight for him after he saw his future wife at a Bollywood party in 1998.

He was initially married to a woman from Delhi but had gotten a divorce. He met Shabana right after she made her debut with Kareeb opposite Bobby Deol in 1998. They tied the knot in 2006 and are also parents to a daughter. In his biography, Manoj Bajpayee-Kuch Paane Ki Zid, written by Piyush Pandey, Manoj revealed that it was Shabana's simplicity that stole his heart.

They met at a party hosted by filmmaker Hansal Mehta to celebrate the 100th episode of his TV series. The book quotes Manoj: "Party mein pahocha to dekha ki ek ladki bina makeup ke, baalo mein tel aur aankhon par chashma lagaye baithi hai." When I reached the party, I saw a girl who had no makeup, had oil in her hair, and was wearing spectacles. I thought no heroine in Bollywood would have the courage to come to a party with oil in her hair. This simplicity caught my heart. "

The book also reveals that Shabana was in depression at the time, as Kareeb had flopped at the box office and she only had one film, Hogi Pyaar Ki Jeet, in her pipeline. Like Manoj, she had also come to the party after initial resistance. They hung out together at the afterparty, and Shabana found a way to forget her worries for a while as she spent time with Manoj. She introduced the actor to her family soon after this, and they remained together for eight years before they tied the knot.

Manoj was last seen in the Zee5 film Dial 100 and the second season of the Amazon Prime Video series The Family Man. He has recently started filming for Devashish Makhija's upcoming thriller drama, Joram.

Author : Rajdhani Delhi Representative

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