Mumbai, April 23 (IANS) Bollywood celebrities like Farah Khan, Hansal Mehta and Anurag Kashyap have wished happiness to Manoj Bajpayee on his 47th birthday. They also lauded the actor, who will be honoured with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in the Best Actor category (Critics’ Choice) for his performance in Hansal Mehta’s biographical drama, “Aligarh”.
Manoj made his film debut with the one-minute role in “Drohkaal” in 1994, and a minor role of a dacoit in Shekhar Kapur’s “Bandit Queen”. He played gangster Bhiku Mhatre in Ram Gopal Varma’s 1998 crime drama “Satya”, which proved to be a breakthrough. He then acted in films like “Kaun” and “Shool”.
Manoj has been a part of critically acclaimed films like “Zubeidaa”, “Raajneeti”, “Gangs of Wasseypur”, “Chakravyuh” and “Special 26”.
Here’s what the celebrities had to say:
Farah Khan: And to my good friend and neighbour Manoj Bajpayee for winning Dadasaheb Phalke award! It’s raining accolades… Also, Happy Birthday!
Vicky Kaushal: Happy Birthday Manoj Bajpayee sir and many congratulations on winning the Dadasaheb Phalke Award!
Hansal Mehta: Happy Birthday to one of my closest friends since over 22 years. Love you Manoj Bajpayee. Thank you for Prof Siras.
Shirish Kunder: Happy Birthday to my new hero and current favourite, Manoj Bajpayee! Lots of love.
Anurag Kashyap: Happy Birthday Manoj Bajpayee… Lagey raho baju bhai… (sic)
Milap Zaveri: Acting ke baadshah ko ghulamon ka salaam! (Salutes to the king of acting) Happy birthday Manoj Bajpayee sir!
Divya Dutta: Happy b’day Manoj! Have a super one! Lots of love.
Neeraj Ghaywan: Manoj Bajpayee, congratulations for receiving the Dadasaheb Phalke award and happy birthday.