Pankaj Tripathi is an actor with few equals. After setting the stage on fire, he has made movie-going audiences all over eat out of his hands by dishing out one exemplary performance after another in a diverse range of genres from comedy and drama to crime, romance, and even horror, begging the query if there’s anything the man can’t excel at.
Following another stellar portrayal in Amazon Prime Video and Excel Entertainment’s recent web series Mirzapur, Divya Solgama had a tête-à-tête with the actor to comprehend better how he effortlessly brings these complex characters to life with such perfection. To our astonishment, Pankajji credited his turbulent experiences in life, and not the dexterity over his craft, as the reservoir he draws inspiration from for his work.
“My experiences in life have taught me a lot and helped me become a better actor. I’ve been extremely poor and also went to jail as a student leader. I’ve lived in several places across the country and have interacted with all sorts of people from prolific VIPs to a UP dacoit. You could say that I’ve done it all. So, it’s these profound life lessons that I keep revisiting for my roles. Life is all about experiences, and acting is about experiencing the real to make it real. There’s nothing known as perfect acting. It’s all about portraying the emotions of the character as per the situation on screen, and that’s where I keep drawing from my life. That’s my way. It’s the only way that I find the easiest, but it’s also something others could find difficult.”
Well, just given the gist of the tumultuous life he has touched upon in our conversation, it’s no wonder that Pankaj Tripathi keeps falling back on the experiences he has lived through to enhance his performaces on screen.