Recalling one incident, Pankaj told Film Companion that a woman once asked him, ‘when did you feel you are a great actor.’ To which, he replied saying that he still doesn’t feel he is a great actor.”Around us, there is so much average work happening that even somethingslightly above average seems great. I am nothing,” he added.
Pankaj further explained that this is largely because he takes acting lightly and not as a matter of life or death. “It is the truth right now. I am honest. I won’t spare one dime in honesty but I know I have a limit. Beyond that, I can’t do much. That is why I never ask for retakes, never look at the monitor,” he said.
National Film Awards 2023: Alia Bhatt, Kriti Sanon, Pankaj Tripathi, Allu Arjun attend ceremony
It was a happy coincidence that Pankaj received the best supporting actor National Award for Mimi, a day after he completed 20 years in Mumbai. Known for films like Gangs of Wasseypur, Masaan, Stree and web series Mirzapur and Criminal Justice, Pankaj started his career with an uncredited role in the 2003 Kannada film Chigurida Kanasu.
Today, the Bihar-born actor is known by several of his character names: be it Rudra bhaiya from horror comedy Stree or Kaleen Bhaiya from crime drama series Mirzapur. He will next be seen playing the role of former prime minister
Atal Bihari Vajpayee in Main Atal Hoon. He will also be seen in Mirzapur 3 and Stree 2.