A graduate from Delhi University, Manoj Bajpayee started his career with the TV serial Swabhimaan. He then moved to the big screen and did films such as Bandit Queen, before shooting to overnight fame with the character of Bhiku Mhatre in Satya. This was followed by films like Aks, Zubeidaa and Pinjar. Now, with his portrayal of Veerendra Pratap in Raajneeti, Bajpayee is back in the reckoning. His forthcoming films include Dus Tola and Chittagong Uprising...
What would you do if Superman paid you a visit?
Grab his wings and fly away.
What is your idea of a highly boring evening?
When there are no matches on TV.
Complete this sentence: Breaking news is...
If you were stranded on a desert island and could keep five things with you, what would you choose?
My family, my Blackberry, my home theatre, my toothbrush and a soap.
What drives you up the wall?
People who talk too much.
One film dialogue you love?
Karara jawab milega.
One household chore you’d rather do yourself?
Make tea for myself.
Your typical Sunday?
Watch at least two films on the home theatre, enjoy a lavish lunch and sleep for two hours.
If you could go back in time, which period of history would you go back to and why?
The medieval period in India. There was loads of Mughlai food and I love it.
Three places you love shopping in?
Malaysia, Norway and Delhi.
If you had to spend one crore in a day, what would you do?
I would invite all my friends, take them to the most expensive restaurant and eat as much as we could.
The one show you don’t like to miss on TV?
If you had to go for a fancy dress party, what’s the whackiest costume you would come up with?
I think I’d wear my vest over my shirt to outdo Superman...
You are sentimental about...
The one thing you would always like to get as a gift?
What do you do in a crisis?
Sit in one place and keep counting.
The craziest rumour you have heard about yourself?
That I was involved in a brawl in a restaurant.
If you were an animal, which one would you be and why?
Would love to be a dog since they are the most pampered pets.
Your exercise routine?
Medium weights and loads of cardio with meditation.
One thing you love about your partner?
The fact that she’s very straightforward.
Your favourite indoor and outdoor game?
Squash (indoor) and cricket (outdoor).
You have faith in?
God. It’s unshakable.
— Interviewed by Tavishi Paitandy Rastogi