Remember Neha aka Shabana Raza Bajpayee? Here's what the Kareeb actress is upto

Updated: Apr 18, 2020, 07:55 | Nikita Wagh
  • Neha, Bobby Deol in Kareeb

    Born on April 18, 1975, Shabana Raza was christened Neha after her screen name in her Bollywood debut Kareeb, by Vidhu Vinod Chopra. Neha starred opposite Bobby Deol in the 1998 film, which didn't make any mark at the Box Office. (All photos/mid-day archives, AFP, Manoj Bajpayee's Instagram account)

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  • Neha, Hrithik Roshan in Fiza

    Neha went on to do more films like Hogi Pyaar Ki Jeet (1999) opposite Ajay Devgn, Fiza (2000) opposite Hrithik Roshan, Ehsaas: The Feeling (2001) opposite Suniel Shetty, Rahul (2001) opposite Jatin Grewal, but could not find much success.

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  • Neha with husband Manoj Bajpayee

    Neha apparently never harboured ambitions to act in films. She was studying in Delhi, when the makers of Kareeb approached her with the offer. When she refused the offer, the makers spoke to her parents and got their approval. And her journey in the filmdom began!

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  • Neha with husband Manoj Bajpayee

    As soon as she started working on sets, she eventually loved being in front of the camera. Despite facing failure, Neha continued acting in few other films such as - (2004) Muskaan, (2005) Koi Mere Dil Mein Hai and (2006) Aatma, where played a ghost in the film. However, Neha couldn't taste success.

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  • Neha with husband Manoj Bajpayee

    But in the meanwhile, she did find happiness on the personal front, when she married Manoj Bajpayee and settled to a life of marital bliss. Manoj Bajpayee and Shabana Raza got married in April 2006, after dating for almost eight years - yes Neha reverted to her original name Shabana Raza.

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  • Neha with husband Manoj Bajpayee

    "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," said Shabana in an interview with IANS in 2008.

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  • Neha with husband Manoj Bajpayee and daughter

    "I've always been passionate about acting. But I couldn't go role hunting from door-to-door in producers' homes. Maybe that was a drawback in me. After a while, when the right roles stopped coming, I withdrew from acting and was just happy being Mrs. Manoj Bajpayee," Neha said in an interview with IANS in 2008.

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  • Neha with husband Manoj Bajpayee and daughter

    Shabana met Manoj Bajpayee right after Kareeb was released. And since then they've been together. Strangely, in Bihar, where her in-laws live, Shabana Raza is still remembered as Neha - the actress who romanced Ajay Devgan on-screen in 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," she told IANS.

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  • Neha with husband Manoj Bajpayee and daughter

    Shabana and Manoj Bajpayee were blessed with a daughter in 2011, whom they named Ava Nayla Bajpayee. Buzz was that the couple was superstitious and had been wanting a baby for long so they preferred to keep the happy news under wraps.

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  • Neha with husband Manoj Bajpayee and daughter

    Manoj Bajpayee had come to Mumbai for the delivery and taken a break from the shoot of Aarakshan that was happening in Bhopal. It is also a coincidence that both daughter and father have a common date Manoj was born on April 23 while Ava Nayla Bajpayee's birth date is February 23.

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  • Neha with husband Manoj Bajpayee and daughter

    Manoj Bajpayee had once told mid-day about his wife Shabana, "She is a hands-on mother and doing a great job of bringing up our daughter Nyla. I would say she is single-handedly bringing her up because I am busy shooting at most times."

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  • Neha with husband Manoj Bajpayee and daughter

    Manoj further added that he wants his wife Shabana to start acting again. "I am trying to get her to take a break from her household activities and take up an acting assignment. She's probably the best-looking women around and intelligent as well. It would be fun doing a film with her. At least this way, we will be able to spend some quality time together," he said.

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  • Neha with husband Manoj Bajpayee and daughter

    We, too, would definitely want to see Shabana Raza come back on-screen for her fans! Here's wishing a very happy birthday to Shabana!

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About The Gallery

It's Kareeb actress Neha aka Shabana Raza Bajpayee's birthday on April 18. As the former actress turns 45, we take a look at her journey so far, along with some candid photos!