Manoj Bajpayee has proved his acting prowess time and again with power-packed performances in films like 'Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 1' (2012), 'Aligarh' (2015), 'Satya' (1998), 'Shool' (1999), 'Pinjar' (2003), among others. In an interview to Hindustan Times, the actor who has appeared in supporting roles in films like 'Special 26' (2013), 'Raajneeti' (2010), 'Baaghi 2' (2018) among others, said that while small roles can leave an impact, the length of roles matters since the credit of the film always goes to the lead actor.
The actor said, "This is all rubbish [when someone says] that even a small role can make an impact. Yes, [a small role] can leave an impact, but people will forget you because the hero or the people who have greater length of roles will take the accolades away at the end of the day."
Manoj Bajpayee's 'Aiyaary', which also starred Sidharth Malhotra, failed to rake in big bucks at the box office. Talking about the film, Manoj said that the shifting of dates definitely affected the release of the film. The actor, however, added that his performance in 'Aiyaary' is one of his best and further went on to praise director Neeraj Pandey saying that it was one of the director's best in terms of the script.
Manoj's last release was 'Missing' which marked his on-screen reunion with Tabu after 18 years. The duo had last starred together in 'Dil Pe Mat Le Yaar' in 2000. In praise of the actress, Manoj said that he has a high regard for her as a person and as a co-actor. Manoj Bajpayee, who celebrates his birthday on April 23, kickstarted his career with the Govind Nihalani directorial 'Drohkaal' (1994). The actor has won national awards for his performances in 'Satya' (2000) and 'Pinjar' (2005).