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Manoj Bajpayee Recalls Shared Cigarettes with Shah Rukh Khan in Delhi: ‘Money Wasn’t a Factor’

Manoj Bajpayee recently reflected on his time with Shah Rukh Khan at Barry John's Delhi Theater Group. They faced financial difficulties while acting. In an interview, Manoj discussed sharing cigarettes among theatergoers due to limited resources. He also remembered introducing Shah Rukh to the discotheques of Delhi.

Edited By : News24 Desk | Updated: May 29, 2024 09:52 IST
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Manoj Bajpayee recalled the time he spent with Shah Rukh Khan. They were part of Barry John’s theater company in Delhi. At the time, Manoj and Shah Rukh were trying to establish themselves as actors and struggling with their finances. In a recent interview, Manoj recalled how he and Shah Rukh used to share cigarettes during their theater days.

Speaking to Galatta India, Manoj said, “When you are in a theater group and someone smokes, they never smoke alone. No one would smoke one cigarette alone because no one could afford it. So if someone had one cigarette, they had to share it with four people .”

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He added, “Even if he had money to buy a pack of cigarettes or one cigarette, he wouldn’t be able to afford it because others shared it before and now it’s his turn to share that when he.” stayed at Barry John’s for a few years theater group, then Shah Rukh was there for a few months before moving to Mumbai and starting his Bollywood career. Manoj said he moved to Mumbai only after working in Shekhar Kapur’s ‘Bandit Queen’.

Earlier in an interview with Bollywood Bubble, Manoj said that SRK was the one who took him to a discotheque for the first time. “He (SRK) was the only one who came in a Maruti van. At that time I still remember the red Maruti van. He took me to the Taj Discotheque in Delhi for the first time. I mean we were very young, just out of our teens and we met. The actor said he was part of Barry John’s group for a while.

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First published on: May 29, 2024 09:52 AM IST

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