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Pankaj Tripathi is one of the most talented and notable actors in the block at the moment. An alumni of the prestigious National School of Drama, he has carved his niche in the film industry like no other. Pankaj made his debut with smaller roles in films like Agneepath, Omkara and Raavan. However, it was his pathbreaking performance in the film, Gangs Of Wasseypur that simply set him apart from the league. Recently, the actor bagged the National Film Award for his outstanding role in the film, Mimi. Despite having reached such high fame and popularity, Pankaj is especially known to everyone for his humble roots and lifestyle, which inspires many.
In a recent interaction with The Indian Express, Pankaj Tripathi recalled his initial days of career, which was filled with nothing but sheer hardships and struggles. Hailing from a small town in Bihar, life wasn’t a bed of roses for him. Despite living in dire circumstances, Pankaj dared to dream large and never stopped his endeavours till he manifested his ambitions of becoming an actor. Speaking along the same lines, the actor talked about the hardships he endured to reach where he is now. In his words:
“Yes, I look back but when I do, I get pain in my lower back, so I choose to keep looking forward. Everyday I used to ride my bike for 45 kilometres to reach a studio in Trombay and I’d get paid very less. Your lower back will show if you’ve done a lot of sangharsh. Jokes apart, I don’t really know how it all happened, how it pan out so beautifully, imaandaari se hum lage hue the.”
In his supremely talented career of films to date, Pankaj has played some vivid yet dynamic characters thus far. Be it ‘Kaleen Bhaiyya’ in Mirzapur to ‘Guruji’ in Sacred Games, the list is endless and so is the appreciation. When asked about how he manages to do all of it with such finesse, the actor replied very thoughtfully. Comparing himself with a river, he said:
“My process is to become a river. Rivers are so beautiful, wherever she finds its course she flows. Similarly, I go with the flow. I have learnt acting, studied it and I can talk about it for two hours but it doesn’t serve any purpose. For example, when a yogi is new, he focuses too much on meditation, would talk about the practise and would feel that meditating in the Himalayas and the rules of it, but a seasoned yogi will know that the actual meditation can happen at a crossroad, it doesn’t need special arrangements. Actual meditation happens in the midst of chaos. Acting is like that for me.”
In the concluding segment of the interview, Pankaj Tripathi reflected on the immense love that he has received over the years for the magic he does on the celluloid. Calling it ‘saalon ka parishram’, the actor humbly claimed how people have connected with the stories rather than the characters which he portrayed. He ended his note by sharing how thankful he felt, as he was filled with gratitude.
In his personal life, Pankaj Tripathi is happily married to his wife, Mridula Tripathi, and the duo is blessed with a daughter, Aashi. In an earlier interaction with The Times of India, Pankaj opened up about living in the business capital of India, Mumbai for so many years and added how they wouldn’t be able to purchase anything pertaining to a luxurious lifestyle. Elaborating how he and his wife are completely contented with whatever little they have, he said:
“I never felt the need to pursue a flamboyant lifestyle or a luxurious life. I am the son of a farmer and growing up in a remote village in Bihar, we had barely seen any money. My parents didn’t even have a television at home. I believe you don’t need an extravagant amount of money to be happy or comfortable in life. I always try to stay happy with what I have.”
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Pankaj Tripathi is one of the most phenomenal actors of his generation in Bollywood. After enthralling the audiences with some of his most exceptional performances, the actor bagged the prestigious National Film Award for his performance in the film, Mimi. Coming from an utterly humble background with no prior connectionRead More