Let’s give credit where it’s due. Pankaj Tripathi has been in the industry for over a decade and has rightfully earned his place as one of the finest actors in the field. We’ve seen him in acclaimed films like Omkara (2006), Gangs of Wasseypur (2012), Fukrey (2013), Nil Battey Sannata (2015), Masaan (2015), Bareilly Ki Barfi (2017) and most recently, Newton.

From deep dark roles to comic soulful tones, here is a actor who has delivered from the heart. Pankaj Tripathi has the potential to carry a film based on talent alone. Keep in mind people had discarded Irrfan Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui as lead actors at one point in time. But acting and talent finally prevailed to knock such cynics off their boots. Well, Tripathi runs in the same league. And we are absolutely stoked to have an actor who can give most Bollywood stars a run for their money. And that’s a good thing. It raises the overall bar.

His character performances have immensely contributed to the success of many of the aforementioned films. And yet, we rarely read his name in the media. Or hear people talk about him. In a society and industry where there is so much hype and hoopla over stars – and star kids who haven’t yet forayed into Bollywood – or are simply finding their place, how do we let established actors go unnoticed.

How do we fail to recognize and appreciate the art? They have earnestly earned their place in a brutally competitive industry and deserve the ‘right’ attention just as much as any ‘star’. While Bollywood bigwigs receieve recognition far beyond one can imagine, such talented and gifted actors hardly get their due in comparison. There needs to be a better balance!

A valiant yet versatile performer on-screen, Pankaj Tripathi’s acting prowess and talent is well beyond words. More than the media, we sincerely hope that people recognize his contribution to the art. Actors like Pankaj Tripathi are forces that make a good film great – and worth thronging to the theatre to watch.

– Varun Kumar | Enterapped