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5 Reasons Why Pankaj Tripathi Is The New-Age Face Of Indian Cinema

From a farmer's son in a small village of Belsand to street plays in Patna and finally breaking his way into the big screens in Mumbai, reasons why Pankaj Tripathi is THE actor to look out for in this new-age face of Indian Cinema

Pankaj Tripathi 5 Reasons Why Pankaj Tripathi Is The New-Age Face Of Indian Cinema Source : Press


From a farmer's son in a small village of Belsand in Gopalganj district of Bihar to street plays in Patna and finally breaking his way into the big screens in Mumbai, actor Pankaj Tripathi's journey of becoming a filmstar mirrors a Bollywood movie - there's drama, dreams, rejection, and hope.

Tripathi became a household name after his powerful performance as Sultan the butcher in Gangs of Wasseypur and has never looked back since then. Over the years his roles in Nil Battey Sannata, Masaan, and Bareily ki Barfi, Stree and Newton have overshadowed his image as a 'villain', and his versatility has been deeply appreciated by viewers and the film fraternity.

So here are reasons why Pankaj Tripathi is THE actor to look out for in this new-age face of Indian Cinema:


Humble Beginnings - Pankaj comes from a farmer's family and did not watch any TV until 1988. It was an episode of the famous TV show Mahabharat. Soon the actor went to Patna for his higher studies where he did theatre and street plays for 7 years before finally cracking into the National Institute of Drama in his third attempt.


The Big Break - After eight years of doing "background work" in movies and television, Pankaj finally got his breakthrough after receiving an audition for Anurag Kashyap's gangster drama Gangs of Wasseypur. Pankaj got widespread recognition for his role as the butcher Sultan and his dialogue, "Yeh Wasseypur hai. Yaha Kabutar bhi ek pankh se udta hai, aur dusre se apna izzat bachata hai."


Character Chameleon - After GOW, Pankaj got various roles but again gained fame for his role as a pandit in Fukrey. He once again proved his mettle with his light-hearted roles in Nil Battey Sannata and Masan. His role as Aatma Singh in Amit Masurkar-directed social drama Newton won him the Special Mention award at the 65th National Film Awards for his endearing performance establishing that he is truly a chameleon when it comes to essaying characters.


Reaching New Heights - The year 2017 has proved to be a landmark year for Pankaj as he was greatly appreciated for his roles in Bariely Ki Barfi, Fukrey Returns, and Gurgaon. He was also seen in Netflix's Sacred Games and will soon be seen in Amazon Prime's Mirzapur. The actor also bagged a chance to work with South Indian Megastar Rajinikanth in Kaala, effectively dipping his fingers in various streams of Indian Cinema.


Here To Stay - More than 18 years of struggle, doing numerous roles in more than 40 films and finally achieving stardom, the actor still remains grounded to his roots as a farmer from a small village in Bihar. His humility is what makes him one of the actors who his true to his craft. As he had once remarked and we don't disagree, "Pankaj Tripathi wo sabji hain, jo uugta hai gaon main, par bikta sehar main".


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