Manoj Bajpayee and Salman Khan’s Award Nomination

In the year 1998, both Manoj Bajpayee and Salman Khan found themselves nominated in the Best Supporting Actor category at an awards ceremony. While Manoj received critical acclaim for his role in “Satya,” Salman was recognized for his performance in “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai.”

The National Award Win

Manoj Bajpayee’s portrayal of the gangster Bhiku Mhatre in “Satya” earned him the prestigious National Award for Best Supporting Actor. However, at another awards ceremony that year, Salman Khan was announced as the winner in the same category for his role in “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai.”

Recollection of the Awards Ceremony

Reflecting on the moment when Salman Khan’s name was announced as the winner, Manoj Bajpayee recalled the atmosphere at the awards ceremony. He mentioned how many attendees expressed disappointment, with some even chanting his character’s name, “Bhiku Mhatre,” in protest.

Salman Khan’s Graceful Gesture

Despite winning the award, Salman Khan displayed a gracious attitude towards Manoj Bajpayee’s performance. On stage, Salman acknowledged that he felt Manoj deserved the recognition more than himself. This act of humility and appreciation showcased Salman’s large-heartedness and garnered respect from his peers in the industry.

Legacy of “Satya”

Directed by Ram Gopal Varma, “Satya” is hailed as a cult classic in Indian cinema, with Manoj Bajpayee’s portrayal of Bhiku Mhatre being particularly lauded. The film also starred J. D. Chakravarthy, Urmila Matondkar, Shefali Shah, and Saurabh Shukla. Manoj’s performance in “Satya” remains one of the highlights of his illustrious career.

Upcoming Projects

Following his memorable performance in “Satya,” Manoj Bajpayee continues to enthrall audiences with his versatile acting skills. He is set to appear in the film “Bhaiyya Ji,” showcasing his talent in yet another compelling role.


The nomination of

in the Best Supporting Actor category at the 1998 awards ceremony sparked discussions and reflections on talent and recognition in the Indian film industry. Despite the outcome, Manoj’s performance in “Satya” remains a testament to his remarkable acting prowess, while Salman’s gracious gesture towards his fellow actor exemplifies humility and camaraderie in the entertainment world.


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