Pankaj Tripathi who has multiple stellar performances to his name, is known for his excellence and portraying even the most difficult characters with ease. While you may appreciate his acting skills, his inspiring journey will make you admire him even more. The actor’s journey is a fine example of why one should never give up on their dreams.
Here are 25 mind-blowing facts about him that every fan must know.
1- Born on September 5, 1976, Pankaj was raised in a small village named Belsand of Gopalganj district in Bihar. He comes from a very humble background as his father works as a farmer and priest.
2- When Pankaj Tripathi was in standard 10th, he used to help his father with farming. He then dreamt of owning a Tractor that would make ploughing easier and fun.
3- During the annual festival celebrations in his village, the actor used to play the role of a girl.
4- The impact of actor Manoj Bajpayee was very profound on his life. Adjacent to his village is Manoj Bajpayee’s village. When Satya was released, people talked a lot about Manoj Bajpayee. At that time, Pankaj Tripathi felt that if a man from a neighboring village can become an actor, then why not he. Manoj Bajpayee aspires Pankaj Tripathi as an inspiration.
5- After he completed his High School, Pankaj went Patna for his further studies as his father wanted him to become a doctor.
6- Not many people know that during college he was quite active in politics and was part of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad. In 1993, he was jailed for seven days because he raised his voice against the state government.
7- His life changed after he watched Laxam Narayan Rai’s play, Andha Kuan. Talking about the same, he said,
“My life completely changed. The actress, Pranita Jaiswal, had a powerful monologue. Listening to that, I started to cry. That was when I realised what a powerful medium drama is. I had never experienced such a thing before in my life.”
8- He joined Bihar Art Theatre for two years.
9- Out of fear of failure in acting, Pankaj took hotel management course Food Craft Institute in Patna. He later also worked as a kitchen supervisor in Maurya Hotel, Patna.
10- Despite being a great actor, Tripathi was rejected by National School of Drama twice. He made it to NSD in his third attempt and graduated in 2004.
11- After graduating from NSD, he came back to Patna and there he used to perform in plays to earn money.
12- Pankaj tied the knot with his long time love Mridula who was a professor on 15th January 2004.
13- His friend from NSD, Bhanu Uday called him to Mumbai. He reached there with RS. 46,000.
14- The 43-year-old actor did a role in the film Run for which he was not given any credits.
15- He is also in movies like Omkara along with Saif Ali Khan. Today he has done more than 40 movies and 60+ TV episodes.
16- He worked in a television series named Bahubali in 2008 and in a show called Powder (2010) that aired on Sony TV.
17- In the year 2012, eight years after he came to Mumbai, Pankaj gave an audition for Gangs of Wasseypur which went on for eight long hours. He eventually got the role for which he is still widely appreciated. The film gave him a new identity.
18- In the early days of his career, Tripathi’s name became synonymous with gangster characters as he mostly played negative roles.
19- After GOW, he was flooded with offers. He worked in Dabanng 2 (2012), ABCD: Any Body Can Dance (2013), Rangrezz (2013), Fukrey (2013), Anwar Ka Ajab Kissa (2013), and more.
20- Pankaj’s name was taken in the special mentions for his performance in the movie ‘Newton’ at the National Film Awards 2018.
21- The film ‘Newton’ also made its entry for the Academy Award in the best foreign film category.
22- He also worked in TV series Sarojini – Ek Nayi Pehel on ZeeTV and the mind-blowing show, Sacred Games a Netflix’s original show.
23- Despite doing many rememberable characters, his favourite is the character of ‘Satya Ji’ from the movie ‘Masaan’.
24- His first movie as a lead actor ‘Gurgaon’ released in 2017.
25- Pankaj Tripathi is perhaps the one contemporary actor every director wants to take in his or her movies. In the recent past, Pankaj Tripathi had an opportunity to work with Rajni Kanth in movie Kaala!