Humble Giant of Indian cinema - Pankaj Tripathi

The ‘dharthi se judaa’ grounded actor Pankaj Tripathi who once claimed that seasons are only for vegetables and fruits and not for artists, is definitely an actor for all seasons. 

On censor-free OTT channels that serve unapologetic content for ‘private viewing’ as opposed to ‘public viewing’, Pankaj has fans amongst diaspora all over the world. 

From Gangs of Wasseypur to Sacred Games to Mirzapur; from an adorable dad in Gunjan Saxena to a movie on South Indian star Shakeela; one thing in common is the critical acclaim he garners. 

Struggles from 2004 have paid off as have his simple charm and a positive commitment to cinema. 

It is perhaps these very qualities that hold him in good stead in Pankaj Tripathi’s first release of 2021, Kaagaz. A true story of Lal Bihari, an Indian farmer and activist who battled bureaucracy for almost two decades in order to prove his existence after being declared officially ‘dead’. 

Kaagaz directed by Satish Kaushik, is streaming now on ZEE5.

We bet ‘Chunnu Singapuri’ will be trending on social media searches once you listen to Pankaj Tripathi speak of his friends and his favourite haunts in Singapore in conversation with Daisy Irani Subbaih on Connected to India. 

Author
Lakshmy Iyer
Lakshmy Iyer – Senior Correspondent, ASEAN & Entertainment

Lakshmy has been contributing regularly as a freelance writer since 2012. Her writing has been an amalgamation of the language, literature and rich cultural experiences of India as well as South East Asia. An Instructional Designer by profession she is passionate about lifelong learning. Art is her medium of reflection. She participates in art exhibitions thus contributing to the local art scene and using this platform, supports social causes in Singapore as well.

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