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We have some facts about Pankaj Tripathi that you would surely want to know about!

1. Pankaj Tripathi was born on September 5, 1976, and raised in a village named Belsand in Gopalganj district, in the state of Bihar.

His father name is Pandit Benaras Tripathi and that of mother is Hemwanti Devi. Pankaj was the youngest of two brothers and two sisters.

Pankaj Tripathi with his mother father parents

2. He helped his father in farming until he was in standard 11

As he belonged to a family involved in agriculture. In an interview Pankaj remembers:

“I remember my father took a loan of Rs 5000 from a cooperative bank to buy a small five-horsepower tubewell pump. A certain part of it, which cost around Rs 500, was easily detachable. Thieves could steal it easily. To save that Rs 500, my father and I would have dinner early and reach the farm by 8 pm. Every day we would sleep near the tubewell to save Rs. 500.”

Pankaj Tripathi Farmer Hometown

3. He used to took part in the village’s natak and played the role of a girl

During annual festival celebration in his village Pankaj used to take part in village’s natak and received appreciation from villagers which initiated his interest in acting and made acting his passion.

Pankaj Tripathi Success Story
Jagran English

4. Manoj Bajpayee effect in his life

Across one of the river near his village in Gopalganj, there is the village of Manoj Bajpayee (Champaran). When Satya released people in village used to talk a lot about Manoj. Then Pankaj felt that if someone from neighboring village can go, become an actor, then he can also do it.

Pankaj Tripathi inspiration Manoj Bajpayee
BollywoodHungama/YouTube(L) The Times of India /YouTube(R)

5. His father wanted him to become a doctor, so Pankaj set off for Patna after high school

He also did theatre and was quite active in college politics.

Pankaj Tripathi College

6. Jailed once for seven days

During college politics he was part of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad and during 1993 was jailed to raise voice against the state government which was then ruled by Lalu Prasad Yadav. He had entered politics with a vision to do good for the society but was disillusioned soon.

Young Pankaj Tripathi
The Better India

7. Laxam Narayan Rai’s play, Andha Kuan came as a turning point in his life

In an interview he says:

“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.”

Pankaj Tripathi Facts

8. Joined Bihar Art Theatre for two years

And also started watching theatre for two years. The actor recalls,

“I took a 3 am train from my village to Patna every month. I used to bring rice, dal, and mustard oil from my village which I carried on my shoulder in a jute sack. Using these ingredients, I cooked and ate khichdi for the entire year.”

Pankaj Tripathi Interview
The Hindu

9. Took hotel management course at Food Craft Institute in Patna

And later worked as a kitchen supervisor in nightshift in Maurya Hotel, Patna.

Pankaj Tripathi Life
Times of India

10. Rejected by National School of Drama twice

In the third attempt Pankaj made it to National School of Drama, from where he graduated in 2004. Reminiscing his selection in NSD, he says,

“I distinctly remember the rain falling on my tinned roof on a July noon. While I sat in my room, looking out of the window at the rain, a postman arrived in a raincoat. He came to me with a white envelope with the NSD logo. I realised that I had got through NSD this time. I started crying.”

Pankaj Tripathi NSD days with Nawazuddin Siddiqui
The Better India

11. Returned to Patna after graduating from NSD

He performed in plays to earn money

Pankaj Tripathi Theatre Days
The Better India

12. On 15th January 2004, Pankaj got married Mridula who was then a professor

They both have a daughter. In an interview when asked about how he met his wife, Pankaj gets candid and said,

“My sister was getting married, but the in-laws wanted to make a toilet before she started living there. This was much before Toilet: Ek Prem Katha. My friend had gone to their village to oversee the construction. He saw a girl there, came back and told me about her. He said she is beautiful, she walks like a doe. I heard all that praise and was lost. Around 11 years later we got married. We were seeing each other from 1993 to 2004. During that time, I went to the drama school. It was a different kind of time because there were no cell phones and we couldn’t write letters in case anyone in the house opened them. When I went to NSD, there was a phone there and she had a landline in her house. We decided that every day at 7.30 am and 8 pm, we’ll talk to each other. That went on for some time.”

Pankaj Tripathi wife Mridula
The Better India

13. Moved to Mumbai after several calls from his friend Bhanu Uday

Bhanu was Pankaj’s friend from NSD. He reached Mumbai with Rs 46,000 and his wife took teaching in school.

Pankaj Tripathi friend Bhanu Uday
Pankaj Tripathi friend Bhanu Uday from NSD Bhanu Uday/Facebook

14. Did a role in the movie ‘Run’ in 2004 for which he was not given any credits

15. Pankaj was also seen in Omkara, as Kichlu

He also appeared in a lot of other movies in this span, like Apaharan (2005), Dharam (2007), Mithya (2008), Shaurya (2008), Chintu Ji (2008), etc.

Pankaj Tripathi Movies

16. In 2008, he got an opportunity to work in the television series, called Bahubali

And then, in a show called Powder (2010) that aired on Sony TV.

Pankaj Tripathi in Powder
Atul Sabharwal and Pankaj Tripathi in Powder (2010) IMDb

17. In 2012, eight years after he came to Mumbai, he gave an audition for the Gangs of Wasseypur and it went on for eight long hours

Eventually, he got the role and was widely praised. Gangs of Wasseypur gave him a new identity.

Pankaj Tripathi in Gangs of Wasseypur 2
A Potpourri of Vestiges

18. During his early struggle in the film industry, he became synonymous with gangster characters as he mostly played negative roles

Pankaj Tripathi Actor

19. After his performance in Gangs of Wasseypur, and it’s sequel, a lot of offers were made to him

Some of the movies he accepted were Dabanng 2 (2012), ABCD: Any Body Can Dance (2013), Rangrezz (2013), Fukrey (2013), Anwar Ka Ajab Kissa (2013), and a lot more.

Pankaj Tripathi with team Fukrey
IBTimes India

20. At the National Film Awards 2018, Pankaj Tripathi’s name was taken in the special mentions for his excellent performance in the movie ‘Newton’

Pankaj Tripathi National Film Awards 2018 for Newton
Amar Ujala

21. His movie ‘Newton’ made its entry for the Academy Award in best foreign film category

Rajkummar Rao and Pankaj Tripathi in Newton
DNA India

22. Apart from showcasing his best performances in the movies, he also came back to television series

He was a part of the cast of Sarojini – Ek Nayi Pehel on ZeeTV and the mind-blowing show, Sacred Games a Netflix’s original show.

Pankaj Tripathi Sacred Games

23. But even after playing so many different roles his favorite movies as an actor remains ‘Masaan’

Where he was seen playing the character of ‘Satya Ji’.

24. Pankaj Tripathi first film as a lead actor was Gurgaon which was released in 2017

Pankaj Tripathi Gurgaon
New Indian Express

25. Pankaj was also seen alongside the superstar Rajinikanth in the Tamil movie ‘Kaala’, 2018

Pankaj Tripathi Ranjith and Nana Patekar in Kaala

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