Pankaj Tripathi: Gracing Aliases

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Pankaj Tripathi: Gracing Aliases

Illustration: Shruti Yatam


here was only one bright spot in last week’s Fukrey Returns, the dull sequel to 2013’s oddly fun Fukrey. It was 40-old Pankaj Tripathi, who has appeared in a whopping seven films in 2017 alone, playing disparate roles that stand testament to his versatility. In Fukrey Returns, Tripathi reprised his role as Pandit, and managed to single-handedly rescue the film, making it not just watchable, but also enjoyable. He elicits laughs with his (now famous) fixed looks, the way he pronounces words like “arrogance”, and invisibly visible aura.

This year, we’ve seen Tripathi play a cowardly boss of a dance troupe, an arrogant CRPF officer, a menacing real-estate tycoon, a progressive small-town father, the villain of Pahlaj Nihalani’s “family” film, a timid supporter of some Fukreys, and Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s warring brother. This, from an actor, who barely survived in his first 12 years in Bollywood, doing bit roles wherever he could, until he met Anurag Kashyap who cast him as Sultan in Gangs Of Wasseypur.