Bajpai or Shabana Raza is a talented actress known for her innocent face and acting skills. She was born on 18th April 1975 in Nanded. Director Vidhu Vinod Chopra first saw her and cast her for his movie Kareeb opposite
. Though this movie wasn’t a huge hit, her face and the songs she was pictured in became very popular.
After her debut in Kareeb, she was a cast in Hogi Pyaar Ki Jeet, a multi starrer where she worked opposite Ajay Devgan. She was also a cast in Fiza alongside
, which was a hit in its time. She did may other flicks like Rahul, Ehsaas, and Muskaan. She also tried her luck in, Alli Thantha Vaanam, a Kollywood movie.
She changed her name to Neha for Kareeb but most recently she worked in the movie Alibaug with her former name Shabana Raza. Shabana married Manoj Bajpai, who is also an actor in 2006 and they have a daughter named Ava Nayla.
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Neha or Neha Bajpai is an Indian film actress, previously known as Shabana Raza. She was born on April 18, 1975, in Maharashtra, India. She was debuted in Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s 1998 Bollywood film, Kareeb, opposite Bobby Deol. She was credited as Shabana Raza, but the director gave her screen name “Neha,” after her character’s name in the film. Neha shared in one of her interviews that while she was studying in Delhi, the production saw her on television and offered her to do the role.
Though she was hesitant at first, they asked permission to her parents. After working for few days, she started to love being in front of the camera. In 1999, Neha acted in Ajay Devgn- starrer, Hogi Pyaar Ki Jeet, alongside
. The following year, he appeared in the critically acclaimed action crime drama film, Fiza. In 2001, she played as Sunil Shetty’s neighbour in the Bollywood film, Ehsaas: The Feeling. The same year, she starred in Prakash Jha’s Rahul, alongside
in the lead roles.
Also in 2001, she was debuted in the Tamil film industry through Sridhar Prasad’s drama film, Alli Thandha Vaanam. Subsequently, she played supporting roles in the Bollywood films, Muskaan (2004), Koi Mere Dil Mein Hai (2005), Karam (2005), Aatma (2006), and
(2009). Neha didn’t find much success after her films Fiza and Rahul but found true happiness when she married
(actor) in 2006. They have a daughter named Ava Nayla.
After she got married, films stopped coming, Neha also withdrew herself from acting and focused on being a housewife to Manoj. In 2010, she was supposed to make a comeback as Shabana Raza in Sanjay Gupta’s Alibaug. However, the project was shelved due to some issues. Neha is now waiting for better opportunities that will come her way.