Manoj Bajpayee celebrated his 50th birthday on April 23 with family and friends.
We rarely see pictures of the brilliant actor at filmi parties, so it was very interesting to note who his friends are.
Manoj Bajpayee with wife Shabana. Remember her from Kareeb?
Manoj also completes 25 years in Bollywood; his debut film, Govind Nihalani's Droh Kaal, released in 1994.
Ashish Vidyarthi has known Manoj since Droh Kaal and earlier. Ashish, who is also now a motivational speaker with wife Rajoshi
Toilet: Ek Prem Katha Director Shree Narayan Singh edited Manoj's hit Special 26.
Tabu goes a long way back with Manoj. They starred in 2000's Dil Pe Mat Le Yaar and Ghaath, and recently in Missing.
Badhaai Ho's star Gajraj Rao.
Who knew Bigg Boss contestant Claudia Ciesla was a friend of Manoj's?
Sanjay Gupta produced Manoj starrers like Shootout At Wadala, Dus Kahaniyaan and Acid Factory.
It's not every day that you bump into Gul Panag at a party.
Farah Khan with husband Shirish Kunder
Shirish worked with Manoj in the short film Kriti and may work in the freshly announced Netflix film, Mrs Serial Killer.
Makarand Deshpande, who first worked with Manoj in Satya, with Nivedita Pohankar.
Aanand L Rai.
Manoj's Aiyaary co-star Sidharth Malhotra.
Juhi Babbar, who starred as Manoj's missus in Aiyaary, with husband Anup Soni.
Anupam Kher posted this picture and tweeted, 'Thank you for celebrating your birthday, 25years in Cinema and the prestigious PadmaShri. I also got an opportunity to be in a photo frame with some of the finest actors of our country'.
Besides Manoj, Anupam tagged Ranvir Shorey, Tabu, Ashutosh Rana and Pankaj Tripathi in his post.
Photographs: Pradeep Bandekar