One is an up-and-coming director. The other is a naturally gifted and seasoned actor. Together, they deliver sheer magic on-screen.

Pankaj Tripathi was predominantly marked by performance-driven and hard-hitting roles. His most noteworthy performances would be in Gangs of Wasseypur (2012) and the highly acclaimed film Masaan (2015). He had been typically typecast since he worked in Omkara (2006). But all of that changed when Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari approached and offered him – what would turn out to be a career-defining role. Tripathi was utterly magical as Principal Srivastava in Nil Battey Sannata (2016). His portrayal of the character was so nuanced and affable – you almost instantly connect with him. This performance touched our hearts!

He soon paralleled the role by playing the delightful new-age father Narrotam Mishra in Tiwari’s next directorial Bareilly ki Barfi (2017). Needless to say, Tiwari has best channeled his softer, more soulful side as an actor. And Tripathi on his part has excelled at it.

It is incredible when an actor and director ingeniously compliment each other. The result is right there for the audience to enjoy. Tiwari fondly refers to him as “a secret box of talent – open it up and you discover more.” And we couldn’t agree more. If you’ve seen either of these movies, you would know exactly where we’re coming from. And if not, we suggest you watch them. Here’s hoping that the infallible duo continue working together (given their success, they most likely will). Here’s hoping that they light up the cinema screens and keep delighting audiences as they normally do.

– Varun Kumar | Enterapped