The 44-year-old actor does not find himself fitting in the "star" image but he has been delivering hits in the commercial space of Bollywood with films like "Raajneeti" and "Special 26".
"I don't boast that I am a star. I am nothing in front of a star. A star can bring in huge collections, create fan frenzy and I don't do that kind of movies to have a fan following. I a mere actor trying to justify his acting skills," Bajpai said.
The actor shot to fame by playing the anti-hero Bhikhu Mhatre and went on to win two National awards for "Satya" and "Pinjar" in 1994 and 2004 respectively. But, he suffered a slump after that, only to find a resurrection in Prakash Jha directed "Raajneeti" in 2010.
Bajpai has no regrets about getting a late recognition for his talent and has reconciled himself to the fickle nature of film industry.
"People look for opportunities to run you over. Despite winning two National Awards and doing some good work had to face hard times but the thing is you cannot evade it. So the important thing is to not get bogged down and enjoy," Bajpai added.


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