Born in a farmer’s family, in a small village named Vele-Kamthi near Satara District in Maharashtra; Sayaji completed a Bachelor’s degree in Arts in Marathi language; and started his career in 1974 as a watchman for Maharashtra Government's Irrigation Department for a meager pay of Rs. 165/- per month. During his service as a watchman, he developed an interest in theater and his passion for acting drew him to the theater and films. After his initial struggling years, he moved to Mumbai. He was born on 1 February 1952 in Maharashtra. He has acted in Telugu, Marathi, Hindi, Tamil, Kannada, and Malayalam films. Sayaji started his acting career in 1978 with acting in Marathi one-act plays. His first Marathi film as an actor was Aai (Mother) in 1995. He acted in many Marathi movies thereafter, among which, his role as an Agricultural Minister in movie Goshta Chhoti Dongara Evadhi was to be remembered. Hindi film actor Manoj Bajpai happened to see an article on Sayaji in Times of India and the former recommended Sayaji’s name to Ram Gopal Varma. Later on he also acted in Tamil blockbusters like Azhagi and Dhool.
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