PANKAJ TRIPATHI is one of the best actor in the film industry. His method of acting is so much deep that each of his seems like his real personality. Coming from a family of farmers in Bihar, Pankaj has made his own place in the Hindi film industry without any god father.
“I studied in a natural environment where there was no pollution. Until class V, I studied under a tree as there was no school infrastructure. My village did not have electricity then.”
In his village that Pankaj was introduced to theatre. He talks about an annual natak of the chhath puja where he began performing at the age of 13. It was only until Class X that Pankaj stayed in his village. His father wanted him to become a doctor, so Pankaj set off for Patna. Here got the first exposure of his life. He got into politics for a while where he even got arrested for a week for a protest.
He started taking intrest in theatre in Patna. Later on A few of his family members started asking him to take up a career other than acting. Pankaj then took up a hotel management course at Food Craft Institute in Patna. He worked as a kitchen supervisor in nightshift in Maurya Hotel, Patna.
Pankaj was rejected by National School of Drama twice. But in his third attempt, he made it to the prestigious institute. By the time he was selected, he had already acted in almost 35 plays.
He said in an interview that, “Bhanu Uday, a friend called me every day and asked me to come to Mumbai. After his many calls, I reached Mumbai with my wife, Mridula, to stay at Bhanu’s place for a month. Later we took a small room. I came to Mumbai with Rs 46,000 and within three months I had nothing left. Mridula had a BEd. She took up teaching in school. We already knew that it would be a long battle.” By this time, Pankaj had started doing small pay jobs to support the family.
Finally, in 2012, after a 10 years of playing small roles here and there most Pankaj made a mark in Anurag Kashyap’s Gangs Wasseypur. He says, “I was doing small roles till then. It was Mukesh Chabbra who auditioned me and Anurag offered me the role. The character of Sultan gave me a new identity.”