Exclusive: Pankaj Tripathi 'I Have Always Wanted To Become Memorable, Not Popular'

An actor par excellence, Pankaj Tripathi has managed to become a household name. With his likability for content-driven cinema , he has championed roles in blockbuster movies like Newton, Gangs of Wasseypur, Masaan and several others.

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First published: June 7, 2018, 8:59 PM IST | Updated: June 7, 2018
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An actor par excellence, Pankaj Tripathi has managed to become a household name. With his likability for content-driven cinema , he has championed roles in blockbuster movies like Newton, Gangs of Wasseypur, Masaan and several others.

In an exclusive conversation with News18.com, the Fukrey actor spilled the beans of his early life struggles. "I have sold footwears, I was a broker at some point of time and wanted to sell a land, I've worked as a cook for two years, I've been a leader in students' union and have failed at all of these. So, I strongly believe that in life, if you're facing struggles, do not worry. There's a bigger success waiting for you."

With the roles that highlight not only his versatility, he is also considered to be one of the most humble human beings in the Bollywood industry. When asked , Tripathi gave all the credit to theater. "Theater has not only helped me become a good actor but also a better human being, a better son and a better father," he says.

From someone who struggled in Bollywood over the past 10 years to being someone awarded with a National Award, Pankaj still believes he is holding his ground and will continue to do so. He says, "I always feel I should have certain films in my profile and body of work that when my daughter grows up, she feels her father has done some respectable work in cinema. I've never wanted to become popular but always wanted to be memorable."

Opening up about the days when he auditioned, Pankaj says he has faced rejection in almost 7,000 to 8,000 auditions. But as he rightly points out, there is always a bigger success waiting for you if you're facing a lot of struggles.

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