Dec 22, 1991 in Etawah, Uttar Pradesh, India
Dec 22, 1991 in Etawah, Uttar Pradesh, India
Featuring alongside Amitabh Bachchan in a Cadbury ad, and ace cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni in a Sonata ad, provided Pia Bajpai the platform to enter the entertainment industry. Following an appearance in a TVC directed by Priyadarshan, she made her movie debut in 2008 with the Tamil comedy Poi Solla Porom. Since then she has appeared in a handful of movies such as Sattam Oru Iruttarai, and Laal Rang to name a few.
Hailing from Etawah, Uttar Pradesh, Pia moved to Delhi, against the will of her parents, at the age of fifteen, hoping to get a break in the movies. However, she ended up studying a computer course while she subsequently took up odd jobs like that of a receptionist or tutor in order to make a livelihood. Frustrated with a desk job, Pia moved to Mumbai on her expense and began working as a dubbing artiste for television serials. Unhappy with that job as well, she entered the field of modeling and was cast in a number of ads. Her most recognized ads have been those alongside Amitabh Bachchan and Mahendra Singh Dhoni in commercials for Cadbury and Sonata respectively. She managed to gain recognition after she appeared in an ad directed by the well-known director Priyadarshan.
After a brief stint at dubbing and modeling, Pia got her first break with the Tamil comedy Poi Solla Porom in 2008. The movie, starring Nedumudi Venu and Karthik Kumar, is the Tamil remake of the Hindi movie Khosla Ka Ghosla, and did considerably well at the box office. Featured in yet another Tamil remake of a Hindi movie, Pia was cast alongside Ajith Kumar, Nayanthara, Suman, Jayaram, and Navdeep in the action thriller Aegan, remake of Farah Khan’s Main Hoon Na. She was seen playing the role of Amrita Rao’s character in the movie, however, the movie opened to mixed reviews.
The following year, in 2009, she made her Telugu film debut with the romantic film Ninnu Kalisaka, which explores the relationship of two couples and deals with the concept of infatuation and love. She was then seen in Venkat Prabhu’s comedy Goa, which featured an ensemble cast of Jai, Vaibhav, Premji Amaran, Sneha, and Melanie Marie. The movie that explores the lives of three boys who, in their attempt to find love, land up in Goa and are met with unexpected yet comedic instances, went on to become a huge success amongst the youth and was declared a commercial hit.
Paired opposite Vishnu Vishal, Pia was cast in Siddharth Chandrasekhar’s action comedy Bale Pandiya in 2010. The movie explored the life of a rather depressed Pandiya who finds a reason to live when he bumps into Vaishnavi and falls in love with her. However, he is left perplexed when she is kidnapped by a gang but manages to rescue her. Despite appearing in a couple of movies, it was her performance in the Tamil political thriller Ko that won her a Vijay Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Having appeared in Tamil and Telugu movies, Pia then made her Malayalam movie debut in 2012 with the action thriller Masters, which starred Prithviraj, Mukesh, and Sasikumar in lead roles. The movie opened to positive reviews with critics stating, “The film has all the makings of a commercial potboiler that should see it sailing smoothly through the box office seas for a while. Way too superior to the generic thrillers being churned out by the dozen, 'Masters' is a cool chiller for this summer, that delivers its jolt moments with aplomb.’
She then appeared in movies like Sattam Oru Iruttarai, Backbench Student, and Dalam before making her Bollywood debut in 2014 with the romantic comedy Mumbai Delhi Mumbai opposite Shiv Pandit. The movie revolved around the lives of a Mumbai girl and a Delhi boy who initially dislike each other but, after spending sometime with each other, end up falling in love. She was next seen in the bilingual film titled Dalam in Telugu and Kootam in Tamil, which focused on the lives of a group of former naxals and their struggles against the police, and their lives in jail. After the success of Kootam, she was seen in Lakshmy Ramakrishnan road film Nerungi Vaa Muthamidathe, which dealt with the diesel and petrol issues faced by the country.
In 2015, she was seen in the collaborative feature film X: Past Is Present directed by 11 filmmakers. Although not an anthology, the movie an entire movie shot in segments by different directors. Pia was seen in Hemant Gaba’s segment titled 17 Presents where she was cast opposite Anshuman Jha, which focussed of the physical intimacy aspect between a couple. She was then cast in the action-crime drama Laal Rang, co-starring Randeep Hooda and Akshay Oberoi. Although the movie dealt with the subject of the crimes that take place in blood banks in Haryana, the movie failed to deliver and was mainly panned by the critics. Following her 2016 release, she was seen in Rajesh Ram Singh’s drama Mirza Juuliet, which dealt with strong emotions like love, hatred, lust, trust, friendship, deceit, and manipulation, and co-starred Darshan Kumar.