Pankaj Tripathi is an Indian actor who appears predominantly in Hindi films. He debuted in 2004 with a minor role in Run and Omkara and has since worked in more than 40 films and 60 television shows. Tripathi's breakthrough came in 2012 for his antagonistic role in the Gangs of Wasseypur film series. He has since received critical appraisal for multiple films, including Fukrey (2013), Masaan (2015), Nil Battey Sannata (2016), Bareilly Ki Barfi (2017), Newton (2017), Fukrey Returns (2017) and Stree (2018). For Newton, Tripathi earned several awards including a National Film Award – Special Mention.
Tripathi at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival in 2017
Tripathi was born in a Hindu family in Belsand, a village in Gopalganj District in the Indian state of Bihar, to Pandit Banaras Tripathi and Hemwanti Devi, as the youngest of their four children. His father works as a farmer and priest. Tripathi also worked as a farmer until he was in the 11th standard at school. During festive seasons, he used to play the role of a girl in his village's natak, which was appreciated by the villagers and ultimately prompted him to make a career out of acting. He moved to Patna after high school where he studied in Institute of Hotel Management, Hajipur. He did theatre and was active in college politics as a member of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad. Out of fear of failure in acting he also worked briefly for a Five Star hotel in Patna. After his stay of about seven years in Patna, he moved to Delhi to enroll in the National School of Drama, from where he graduated in 2004.
After graduating from the National School of Drama, Tripathi moved to Mumbai in 2004, and subsequently performed an uncredited role in the film Run. In 2012, he made his breakthrough, when he was widely acclaimed for his role in Gangs of Wasseypur. His audition for film went on for approximately eight hours. In 2008, he acted in the Bahubali TV series, and later in Powder on Sony TV which is now available on Netflix. In his early career, he played mostly negative roles and became synonymous with gangster characters. Later he played a variety of roles and won critical appraisal for the same. His first film as a lead actor was the 2017 film Gurgaon. His 2017 film Newton was India's official entry for the Academy Award in best foreign film category.
Pankaj Tripathi made his debut in Tamil cinema with the film Kaala, which was released on 7 June 2018. He also appeared in the 2018 web series Mirzapur available on Amazon Prime and in the 2019 web series Sacred Games available on Netflix.
Tripathi married Mridula on 15 January 2004 and they have a daughter.
|Denotes films / dramas that are not yet released|
|2003||Chigurida Kanasu||Shankar's College Friend||Uncredited (Kannada Film)|
|2005||Apaharan||Gaya Singh's Crony|
|Shaurya||Major Virendra Rathore|
|2009||Chintu Ji||Paplu Yadav|
|2010||Valmiki Ki Bandook||BDO Tripathi||Short film|
|2011||Chillar Party||Secretary Dubey|
|Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 1||Sultan Qureshi|
|Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 2|
|2013||ABCD: Any Body Can Dance||Vardha Bhai|
|Anwar Ka Ajab Kissa||Amol|
|Janta v/s Janardan – Bechara Aam Aadmi|
|Doosukeltha||Dilleeswara Rao||Telugu film|
|2015||Manjhi – The Mountain Man||Ruab|
|2016||Nil Battey Sannata||Principal Srivastava|
|Mango Dreams||Salim||English film|
|2017||Coffee with D||Girdhari|
|Anaarkali of Aarah||Rangeela|
|Bareilly Ki Barfi||Narottam Mishra|
|Kaala||Pankaj Patil||Tamil film|
|Angrezi Mein Kehte Hain||Feroz|
|Bhaiaji Superhit||Builder Gupta|
|Yours Truly||Vijay||World premiere at the 23rd BIFF in October 2018.|
|The Tashkent Files||Gangaram Jha|
|Super 30||Shri Ram Singh|
|Arjun Patiala||Film Producer||Guest appearance|
|Extraction||Ovi Mahajan Senior||Netflix Film|
|Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl||Anup Saxena||Netflix Film|
|Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar||Kartaar Singh||Post-production|
|Mumbai Saga||Devraj Chaudhary||Filming|
|2010–11||Zindagi Ka Har Rang...Gulaal||Giga Kaka||Star Plus|
|2010||Powder||Naved Ansari||Sony TV|
|2015–16||Sarojini - Ek Nayi Pehal||Dushyant Singh||Zee TV|
|2018–2019||Sacred Games||Khanna Guru Ji||Netflix|
|2018–present||Mirzapur||Akhandanand "Kaleen" Tripathi||Prime Video|
|2019||Criminal Justice||Madhav Mishra||Hotstar|||
2020 Mirzapur 2 Akandanand Tripathi
- Special Mention at the National Film Awards for Newton (Hindi)
- News18 REEL Movie Awards for Best Supporting Actor for Newton
- In 2019 Power Brands honored him with “Power Brand: Industry Trendsetter” at BFJA (Bollywood Film Journalist's Awards)
- iReel Awards for Best Actor - Drama for Mirzapur
- Screen Award for Best Supporting Actor (2018) - Stree
- Zee Cine Award for Best Dialogue (2019) - Stree
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