Pankaj Tripathi – India’s hinterland ka king kaun?
From itty-bitty roles and being on the sidelines of Bollywood for a long time to an absolute essential in every movie based on India’s hinterland – Pankaj Tripathi has come a long way. It was crime drama ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ in 2012 that brought Tripathi into the national spotlight and since then there has been no turning back for this talented actor. Be it Cinema, Television or OTT, Tripathi has straddled all three worlds with equal ease.
Born into a farmer’s family in a tiny village in Bihar, Tripathi’s humble beginnings reflect in the rawness and close-to-India’s-grassroots connect that he brings to his roles. Actors like Tripathi, Gajaraj Rao, Manoj Bajpayee, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Ayushmann Khurrana, Irrfan Khan, late Sushant Singh Rajput, Rajkummar Rao and many more have been enriching India’s screens with their vivid character portrayals.
While Tripati may not be considered an ‘A Lister’ by Bollywood standards, his work has earned him the respect and adulation of the general public. Tripathi’s career graph is gaining speed, with films, TV programmes, and now dominating the OTT rankings.
He has appeared in over 60 films and TV programmes, including ‘Omkara’, ‘Apharan’, ‘Dharm’, ‘Chintu Ji’, ‘Pyar Bina Chain Kaha Re’, ‘Shaurya’, ‘Raavan’, ‘Chillar Party’, ‘Aakrosh’, ‘Agneepath’, ‘Dabangg’, ‘Fukrey’, ‘Stree’, ‘Run’, ‘Bareilly ki Burfi’, and many more. He also appeared in the TV series ‘Baahubali’ and the serial ‘Powder’ in 2008. His roles in Web series such as ‘Ludo’, ‘Mirzapur’, ‘Sacred Games’, etc., have also been much appreciated.
It’s no wonder that Tripathi has received several cinema accolades, including the National Film Awards, Filmfare Awards, IIFA Awards, and Zee Cine Awards. He also received the Filmfare award for best supporting actor for the films ‘Newton’, ‘Stree’, ‘Gunjan Saxena’, and ‘Ludo’. For the film ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’, he won the Best Actor in a Negative Performance Award.
It’s not surprising that several brands have tapped into Tripathi’s strong connect with Indians. Interestingly, even before he started his journey in films, Tripathi had appeared in a Tata Tea ‘Jaago Re’ ad, where he played the role of a politician seeking votes.
Over the years, he has appeared in ads for a wide array of brands, including Britannia Milk Bikis, Glucon-D, Abzorb Dusting Powder, Udaan, Policybazaar, among others.
On Pankaj Tripathi’s birthday on September 5, 2021, we send him our warmest greetings.
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