Due to the recent rise in the nepotism debate in the world of Bollywood, many actors came forward to reveal their struggles because of being ‘outsiders’ in the B-town. There is no doubt that there exist many personalities within the industry who have exceptional performances to offer on the silver screen. Although many people believe Bihar to be backward, we believe the national state to be a powerhouse of talent.
So here is Bollywood Dhamaka’s pick for top talents from Bihar shining immensely in the world of the Indian film industry:
1. Manoj Bajpayee
Known for his exceptional performance in films like, ‘Aligarh’, ‘Satya’, ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ and so on, Manoj Bajpayee was born in the rural district Belwa situated in Bihar. He aspired to be an actor since he was a child and moved to Delhi at a tender age of 17 to fulfil his dreams. He applied to the National School of Drama 4 times only to be rejected. He has had experience with theatre as well. He had a breakthrough through Ram Gopal Verma’s Satya.
2. Neha Sharma
Dazzling diva from the Bollywood industry, Neha Sharma was born in Bhagalpur, Bihar. She did her schooling from the city and went to Delhi to pursue her undergraduate degree in fashion designing from NIFT, New Delhi. Before working in Bollywood, Neha also starred in Telugu films like ‘Chirutha’ and ‘Kurradu’. She rose to prominence through her film ‘Crook’ where she appeared alongside Emraan Hashmi.
3. Pankaj Tripathi
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He is known to be one of the most critically acclaimed sensations of this generation. Pankaj Tripathi was born in a village called Belsand in the Gopalganj district in Bihar. He worked as a farmer until he was in his 11th standard and eventually moved to Delhi and enrolled in National School of Drama. He has successfully established himself in digital space and silver screens both.
4. Neetu Chandra
She was born in the capital city of Patna. Before debuting as an actress Neetu had also modelled for a while. She appeared alongside stars like Akshay Kumar and John Abraham in the superhit comedy ‘Garam Masala’ 2005. She has emerged in the south Indian film industry as well by starring in films like ‘Vishnu’ (Telugu), Yavarum Nalam (Tamil), Aadhi Baghavan (Tamil) and so on.
5. Sushant Singh Rajput
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Almost anybody can learn to think or believe or know, but not a single human being can be taught to feel. Why? Because whenever you think or you believe or you know, you’re a lot of other people: but the moment you feel, you’re nobody-but-yourself. To be nobody-but-yourself — in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else — means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting. ~ E.E. Cummings
Although the world is still mourning the loss of the star, we believe he deserved a place of his own in this list as his legacy continues to live on. He was born in Maldiha, in the Purnia district of Bihar and debuted into the world of Bollywood through buddy comedy, Kai Po Che! One of his biggest performance of his career was as former cricketer M.S. Dhoni in his biographical film ‘MS Dhoni: The Untold Story’. He last appeared in the 2020 film ‘Dil Bechara’.