This actor started his acting career with Swaabhimaan, a television serial which aired on Doordarshan. The same serial also brought Tyagi and Rishab into fame. Manoj bajpai also appeared in several small roles in films like Droh Kaal, and Bandit Queen. He got his big break in RGV's crime film "Satya" in 1998. In this film he performed as Bhiku Mhatre, which helped him to bag several awards.