Pankaj Tripathi’s Cinematic Journey Before & After “Gangs Of Wasseypur”

Even after getting a proper practical as well as theoretical education from National School of Drama, Pankaj Tripathi took many years to get recognition in Bollywood film industry. The movie "Gangs of Wasseypur" was the turning point in his career.

Pankaj Tripathi is known to be a versatile actor in the industry. His authentic acting skills made him consistent in playing a variety of roles. NSD actor Pankaj has set the expectations of the audience at a high level by giving legendary performances in many films and web series. But there was a time when this actor struggled to get a role and his films didn’t turn out to be commercially successful. And today he has kept a person to receive the thousands, calls he gets every day. 

Pankaj Tripathi took proper education of acting through the National School of Drama, Delhi. He started his acting career from a very authentic and pure source that is theatre. But being an outsider in the glorified world of B-town, it was difficult for him to make his own position and place. In the initial days of his career, he worked in movies like “Omkara”, “Run”, “Aakrosh”, “Shaurya”, “Chillar Party” etc., but his work wasn’t very noticeable in any of the above films. In an exclusive flashback interview with Lehren Podcast, he remembered that time when he used to keep his phone somewhere near the window where he would get a full network so that he wouldn’t miss any calls for casting. He said that when you come from a small town and possesses that talent, you need a long time to reach out to correct people in the industry. And your talent will be seen only when you get that opportunity. In one-line dialogue, you can’t leave your impression on someone. 

In 2007, he did a film “Dharm” and he had almost the lead role in the film. Critically, it was good content but didn’t get that kind of commercial release. Pankaj was expecting a turn in his life after that film, but destiny wasn’t with him. Even the director of that film, Bhavna Talwar, told him, “Tu lambi race ka ghoda hai.” And today he has proved it.

During this struggling phase of his life, that one character from the film, “Gangs of Wasseypur”, Sultan, put him into the limelight and gave him a lot of recognition. His career graph started taking an upward direction after Gangs of Wasseypur released in the year 2012. That film was a success because most of the audience of that film were young. He said, “Youth drives the cinema in India”. Talking about his versatile acting skills, he said that he has been working on his craft since many years and that is the reason behind his variations in acting.

Today, youths follow him for his work. He is popular amongst them for the movie Gangs of Wasseypur and the web series Mirzapur. Recently, he was seen in the biopic of Atal Bihari Vajpayee “Main Atal Hoon”.

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