You can consider Pankaj Tripathi as one of the best examples of an outsider in the Bollywood industry. He does not have any connections but is making a mark for himself. With the intensifying of the debate of outsiders versus insiders, you find most of the star kids on the receiving end of trolls in social media platforms.
This great actor of Bollywood, Pankaj Tripathi said that as humans it is important that we have kindness and empathy as there is no way one can decide in which family they will be born. He believes that at present the world has sensibility that is below average and there is no way you can reach everyone via social media.
He added that he is not against or in favor of anyone and believes that social media should be used creatively. You cannot praise or criticize anyone on social media and know their reaction. This needs to be done in person.
Pankaj Tripathi has been receiving not only criticisms but also accolades from the audience. He admits that he had to face a lot of struggle in the 16 years of his career. He also reveals that he has done parts that are ‘blink-and-miss’.
He agrees that star kids have an advantage as they have easy access to the bigwigs in the industry. He says he has been working for almost 24 years and is now in a place you can term successful, but for the star kids, most of the time; this success is got after the very first film.
He adds that these star kids can survive only if they have the talent. He feels that after the weekend, on Monday, the public comes to watch the film not because of someone being a star kid or a producer or director. An average film can be considered an extremely good film if the public has like this.
He quotes names of actors like Nawazzudin Siddiqui, Manoj Bajpayee and also the late Irfaan Khan who made it big not because they were well-connected but due to their talent.
Pankaj Tripathi also said that there is a type of cinema that is path-breaking in the film industry and also production houses that are big, and Irfaan Khan acted in neither of these but there is no bigger actor than him in the past 20 years.
As the audience of India is democratic, they will not make an average film or even an average actor work.
The journey of this talented actor has proved that sincerity, passion and hard work can help you reach somewhere in the film industry. Till now, Pankaj Tripathi has worked in almost 60 shows and movies.
His debut was in a small role in ‘Run’ and ‘Omkara’. His breakthrough came in the year 2012 with ‘Gangs of Waseypur’. He earned several awards for his role in ‘Newton’ and this includes a National Film Award.