Actors Shah Rukh Khan and Manoj Bajpayee began their acting careers in the same Delhi group.
Shah Rukh Khan and Manoj Bajpayee are the two versatile and outstanding actors of Hindi cinema. The duo began their acting careers in the same Delhi group but as their careers developed, they followed different routes in the film industry. While Manoj concentrated on parallel films and unusual characters, Shah Rukh rose to prominence in Indian cinema and became a romantic superstar.
Manoj Bajpayee often talks about how they followed their different ways of acting and were completely happy and successful on their own terms. In a recent conversation, The Family Man actor said that their worlds had diverged to the point where they hardly ever saw each other. In an interview with Jist, Manoj was asked if he still sees Shah Rukh Khan. To which the actor replied that they have evolved into people from different worlds. Thus, their paths do not cross. Their friendship wasn't like that even then. Both SRK and him have their own inner circle of friends.
He said, “Milna to nahi hota. Do alag alag duniya ke log hum ho chuke hai. To humare raastein nahi takrate. Uss samay bhi dosti aisi nahi thi, uska apna ek friend circle tha, mera apna ek friend circle tha. Ek hee group mein the hum log, jab ek hee group mein kaam karte ho to sabke saath jaan pehchaan hoti hai, sabke saath uthna baithna hota hai, sabke saath khana hota hai." (We don't meet anymore. We've become people from two different worlds. So, our paths don't cross. Even at that time, our friendship wasn't like that; he had his own friend circle, and I had mine. We were in the same group, and when you work in the same group, you get to know everyone, you sit and stand together, you eat together.)
For the uninitiated, Manoj Bajpayee made an appearance in the Shah Rukh film Veer-Zaara a few years ago.
Manoj Bajpayee projects
Following a string of lucrative theatrical productions, Manoj's career reached new heights when he started working on OTT projects. His web series, The Family Man, was much appreciated by the critics as well as the audiences. In addition to his recent roles in the movies Gulmohar and Sirf Ek Banda Kaafi Hai, he is now all set for another OTT show, The Killer Soup, which is all set to release on Netflix on January 11, 2024.