Pankaj Tripathi’s silver screen journey commenced with a short role in the 2004 film, ‘Run’. Over the years, Tripathi has been a part of several hits like Gangs of Wasseypur, Stree, Nil Battey Sannata Gunjan Saxena, and many others. However, many aren’t aware that before this, he was seen in less-popular films, which although didn’t shine at the box office, made Tripathi a prominent name in the industry.
Here is a curated list of performances by Pankaj Tripathi that you may have missed and ought to see if you are in love with his acting:
A Neo-noir thriller film, ‘Gurgaon’ stars Ragini Khanna, Akshay Oberoi and Pankaj Tripathi. Nikki Singh (Akshay Oberoi) is a boxer and son of Kehri Singh (Pankaj Tripathi), a real estate tycoon. Nikki’s jealousy for his sister makes him take certain unforeseen steps that endanger his and her life both.
The writing of the film is precise and the acting is unfussy and crisp. Pankaj Tripathi certainly stole the show in this film and played his part effortlessly.
This dark comedy is the story of a struggling actor (VK) who moves from Delhi to Mumbai intending to bag some acting opportunity and ends us being recruited by the mafia, due to the uncanny resemblance with underworld don, Rajebhai. The unexpected twists, clever writing and sick jokes are sure to leave you in splits.
Directed by Jaideep Chopra, this thriller revolves around a couple who are in a perfect relationship. However, an unfortunate twist makes Tarun (husband) a hero overnight. This is followed by events that put the family in danger and shatter their peaceful lives. Critics couldn’t ignore Pankaj Tripathi’s exemplary performance and the sombreness and tension that he created because of his prologue.
4) Global Baba
Led by a rather dependable star cast of Pankaj Tripathi, Sanjay Mishra, Ravi Kishan, and Abhimanyu Singh; this movie is a satirical comedy that revolves around spiritual babas. Although the movie did not do well at the box office and many critics did not rave about the story and script, the stellar performances could not be ignored.
5) Coffee With D
The story is about a top journalist who manages to bag an exclusive interview with a feared don, Dawood Ibrahim. The movie received mixed reviews from critics and failed to make a mark on the box office. However, Pankaj Tripathi stole the show with his comic timing, although his role wasn’t meaty.