Meet Shabana Raza, wife of actor Manoj Bajpai

shabana razaNeha (formerly known as Shabana Raza and now as Neha Bajpayee) is an Indian actress. She made her film debut opposite Bobby Deol in Kareeb (1998) and went on to act in Fiza and Rahul among others.[1] The couple has a daughter named Awa Nailah.

Her films include

1998    Kareeb asNeha

1999    Hogi Pyaar Ki Jeet as  Megha Singh

2000    Fiza     Shenaz

2001    Ehsaas: The Feeling as Antra Pandit

2001    Rahul   Meera Singh

2001    Alli Thandha Vaanam Meenakshi       Tamil film

2004    Muskaan          Jahnvi

2005    Koi Mere Dil Mein Hai           Asha

2005    Karam

2006    Aatma  Neha A. Mehra

2008    Acid Factory   Nandini S. Sanghvi

According to Neha,  they married legally in April 2006. “But it didn’t really matter. Manoj and I have known each other for 10 years. I met him right after Kareeb was released. And since then we’ve been together. We’re individuals and yet a compatible couple. Now we’ve recently moved into our new home. Our own new home, just imagine.”

House-proud Neha can’t stop raving about her home.

“I’ve done up the house piece by piece. And I still can’t believe it’s ours. Manoj and I don’t need to socialise or go out to feel happy. We share long evenings of tea, silences and warm vibes right in our house. Nothing gives us more joy than to be together in our house.”

The career can come as and when. “I’m in no hurry. Yes, I’m passionate about acting. But I won’t run after work. I never have. I’ll wait for the right opportunities to come my way. Like Alibaug – it came to me when Sanjay Gupta asked Manoj about me while they were shooting for Dus Kahaniyaan.

“Gupta wanted to check me out to see if I suited the role of one of Sanjay Dutt’s students. I guess I fitted the bill. Shooting Alibaug has been the most pleasurable phase of my career. Not that I’ve done so much work,” she said.

Tell her that people were wondering where she was and she quickly retorts: “Come on, no one was missing me. I don’t have a body of work. I wish I did. Hopefully, with so many kinds of films happening now I can find my space in cinema. Otherwise, there’s always the space that I share with Manoj. Nothing can equal that.”

Neha has reverted to her original name Shabana Raza.

“I was always Shabana Raza. And that’s how close family and friends have always known me. Neha was never me, it is too delicate a name to describe me. I’m far stronger.”

Strangely, in Bihar, where her in-laws live, Shabana Raza is still remembered as Neha prancing around with Ajay Devgan in an obnoxious comedy called Hogi Pyar Ki Jeet.

“It was a big hit in Bihar. And whenever I visit the state with Manoj people remember me for my movie. So, for now that’s my claim to fame,” said the actress who played Hrithik Roshan’s love interest in Fiza.

मुंबई. मनोज बाजपेयी 23 अप्रैल को 48 साल के हो गए हैं। ‘द्रोहकाल'(1994) से बॉलीवुड में डेब्यू करने वाले मनोज लंबे टाइम से इंडस्ट्री में एक्टिव हैं। लेकिन उनकी पत्नी शबाना रजा उर्फ नेहा अब बॉलीवुड से दूरी बना चुकी हैं। बॉलीवुड में बॉबी देओल की फिल्म ‘करीब'(1998) से डेब्यू करने वालीं नेहा अब फिल्मों से दूर हैं। नेहा ने साल 2006 में मनोज बाजपेयी से शादी करने के बाद नेहा ने इंडस्ट्री से दूरी बना ली थी। नेहा और मनोज की एक बेटी अवा नाइलाह(Awa Nailah) है। नेहा ऐसा करने वाली पहली एक्ट्रेस नहीं हैं। नेहा से पहले भी बॉलीवुड की कई पॉपुलर एक्ट्रेसेस शादी के बाद पूरी तरह फिल्मों को अलविदा कह चुकी हैं। इन फिल्मों में काम कर चुकीं नेहा…

नेहा ने साल 1998 में बॉबी देओल की फिल्म ‘करीब’ से बॉलीवुड डेब्यू किया था। इसके बाद नेहा अब तक ‘होगी प्यार की जीत'(1999), ‘फिजा'(2000), ‘एहसास- दि फीलिंग'(2001), ‘राहुल'(2001), ‘मुस्कान'(2004), ‘करम'(2005), ‘कोई मेरे दिल में है'(2005) और ‘एसिड फैक्ट्री’ जैसी फिल्मों में काम कर चुकी हैं। हालांकि नेहा को लेकर खबरें हैं कि वो संजय दत्त की बायोपिक में नजर आ सकती हैं।

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