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Pankaj Kumar Tripathi is an Indian actor who appears predominantly in Hindi films. Famous for his natural acting, 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.[1] Tripathi's breakthrough came in 2012 for his supporting role in the Gangs of Wasseypur film series.[2] 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.[3]

Pankaj Tripathi
Pankaj Tripathi World Premiere Newton Zoopalast Berlinale 2017 06.jpg
Born5 September 1976 (age 43)
Gopalganj, Bihar, India
Alma materNational School of Drama, Delhi
Years active2004–present
Mridula Tripathi (m. 2004)

Early lifeEdit

Tripathi was born on 5 September 1976 in Belsand,[4] a village in Gopalganj District in the Indian State of Bihar, to Pandit Banaras Tripathi and Hemwanti Devi, as the youngest of their five children.[5] His father works as a farmer and priest.[4] 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 according to him was appreciated by the villagers and ultimately prompted him to make a career out of acting.[6] 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.[7][8]

Career in moviesEdit

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.[9][10] 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.[11][12] Later he played various roles and won critical appraisal for the same.[13] 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.[14]

Pankaj Tripathi made his debut in Tamil cinema with the film Kaala, which was released on 7 June 2018.[15]

Personal lifeEdit

Tripathi married Mridula on 15 January 2004 and they have a daughter.[6]


  Denotes films / dramas that are not yet released


Year Film Role Notes
2004 Run Unnamed
2005 Apaharan Gaya Singh's Crony
2006 Omkara Kichlu
2007 Dharm Suryaprakash
2008 Mithya Tipnis
Shaurya Major Virendra Rathore
2009 Chintu Ji Paplu Yadav
Barah Aana Inspector
2010 Valmiki Ki Bandook BDO Tripathi Short film
Aakrosh Kishore
2011 Chillar Party Secretary Dubey
2012 Agneepath Surya
Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 1 Sultan Qureshi
Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 2
Dabangg 2 Filawar
2013 ABCD: Any Body Can Dance Vardha Bhai
Rangrezz Brijbihari Pande
Fukrey Pandit
Anwar Ka Ajab Kissa Amol
Maazii Rathiji
Janta v/s Janardan – Bechara Aam Aadmi
Doosukeltha Dilleeswara Rao Telugu film
2014 Gunday Lateef
Singham Returns Altaf
2015 Manjhi – The Mountain Man Ruab
Life Biryani
Masaan Sadhya Ji
Dilwale Anwar
2016 Nil Battey Sannata Principal Srivastava
Global Baba Damru
Mango Dreams Salim English film
2017 Coffee with D Girdhari
Anaarkali of Aarah Rangeela
Newton Atma Singh
Gurgaon Kehri Singh
Bareilly Ki Barfi Narottam Mishra
Fukrey Returns Pandit
Munna Michael Balli
2018 Kaalakaandi
Kaala Pankaj Patil Tamil film
Angrezi Mein Kehte Hain Feroz
Phamous Tripathi
Stree Rudra
Harjeeta Coach Punjabi film
Bhaiaji Superhit Builder Gupta
Yours Truly Vijay World premiere at the 23rd BIFF in October 2018.[16]
2019 Luka Chuppi Babulal
The Tashkent Files Gangaram Jha
Super 30 Shri Ram Singh
Kissebaaz Chuttan Shukla
Arjun Patiala Film Producer Guest appearance
Drive Hamid
 Dabangg 3 Devendra Post-production
 Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar Kartaar Singh
2020  83 Man Singh[17] Filming
 Kargil Girl TBA
 Ajmeri Baba TBA
 Panga Raghu Gupta Filming[18]
 Angrezi Medium Tony (travel agent) cameo Filming[19]

Television seriesEdit

Year Title Role Network Notes
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

Web seriesEdit

Year Title Role Platform Notes
2018–present Sacred Games Khanna Guru Ji Netflix
2018–present Mirzapur Kaleen Bhaiya / Akhandanand Tripathi Amazon Video
2019 Criminal Justice Madhav Mishra Hotstar [20]


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "कभी गेट पर रोक देते थे गार्ड, आज इस एक्टर की फिल्म पहुंची ऑस्कर". Dainik Bhaskar (in Hindi). 26 September 2017. Retrieved 29 September 2017.
  2. ^ Jamkhandikar, Shilpa (20 September 2017). "Q&A: Pankaj Tripathi on surviving in frog-in-the-well Bollywood". Reuters. Retrieved 29 September 2017.
  3. ^ "National Film Awards 2018 complete winners list: Sridevi named Best Actress; Newton is Best Hindi Film". Firstpost. 13 April 2018. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Story of Pankaj Tripathi: From jail cell, hotel kitchen to big screen". The Times of India.
  5. ^ Guftagoo with Pankaj Tripathi. Rajya Sabha TV. 5 April 2016.
  6. ^ a b "Oscar में इस बिहारी एक्टर की मूवी, अभी भी मिट्टी के चूल्हे पर बनता है खाना". dainikbhaskar (in Hindi). 22 September 2017. Retrieved 29 September 2017.
  7. ^ Danish Raza (5 August 2017). "Pankaj Tripathi, the scene-stealer of 'Gurgaon'". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 29 September 2017.
  8. ^ Ramnath, Nandini (20 April 2016). "The Pankaj Tripathi interview: 'The audience should be in the same room as the character'". Retrieved 30 September 2017.
  9. ^ Joshi, Namrata (19 September 2017). "Acting is like a journey into unexplored terrain, says Pankaj Tripathi". The Hindu. Retrieved 29 September 2017.
  10. ^ "Kaala Karikaalan actor Pankaj Tripathi: Gurgaon is a very special film for me". The Indian Express. 8 July 2017. Retrieved 1 October 2017.
  11. ^ Kaushal, Ruchi (28 January 2017). "'Nil Battey Sannata' is my story: Pankaj Tripathi – Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 29 September 2017.
  12. ^ "Don't like people appreciating my negative roles: Pankaj Tripathi". The Indian Express. 30 April 2016. Retrieved 1 October 2017.
  13. ^ Rishabh Suri (20 September 2017). "Bareilly Ki Barfi actor Pankaj Tripathi: Cinema is not just a medium of entertainment". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 1 October 2017.
  14. ^ "'Newton' is India's official entry to Oscars 2018". The Hindu. 22 September 2017. Retrieved 30 September 2017.
  15. ^ "Rajini is my idol, working with him has been so enriching: Pankaj Tripathi on 'Kaala'". The News Minute. 22 September 2017. Retrieved 1 October 2017.
  16. ^ "Busan Film Festival official site".
  17. ^ "The man of the moment, @TripathiiPankaj, will inspire everyone with his role of #ManSingh. #CastOf83". Reliance Entertainment Twitter. 7 February 2019. Retrieved 18 February 2019.
  18. ^ Bhowal, Tiasa (12 September 2018). "Panga: Richa Chadha And Pankaj Tripathi Join The Cast Of Kangana Ranaut's Film". NDTV. Retrieved 7 March 2019.
  19. ^ "Pankaj Tripathi joins the cast of Irrfan Khan's Angrezi Medium". Indian Express. 13 April 2019. Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  20. ^ Rao, Soumya (1 April 2019). "'No one's seen me in such a role': Pankaj Tripathi on playing a lawyer in 'Criminal Justice'".
  21. ^ Desk, The Hindu Net (13 April 2018). "Sridevi wins posthumous National Award for 'Mom': Here is the full list of awardees". The Hindu. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  22. ^ "Pankaj Tripathi Gets A Special Mention For His Performance In Newton At 65Th National Awards". Deccan Chronicle. 14 April 2018. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  23. ^ "VIDEO: News18 REEL Movie Awards I Pankaj Tripathi Wins Best Supporting Actor for Newton". News18. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  24. ^
  25. ^ "iReel Awards 2019: Pankaj Tripathi Beats Sacred Games 2 co-star Nawazuddin Siddiqui to win Best Actor (Drama) for Mirzapur". News18. Retrieved 23 September 2019.

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