Pankaj Tripathi Birthday: 7 roles of Kaleen Bhaiya that left us awestruck!

Started as a side artist and is now a heart-throb of the nation: Pankaj Tripathi is here to rule


  • Sultan Qureshi in Gangs of Wasseypur
  • Safhya Ji in Masaan
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Pankaj Tripathi, who turned 46 on September 5, is one of Bollywood’s most loved and respected  actors. He struggled initially in Mumbai. He made money by taking up minor roles. He was seen  in movies like Run and Omkara. Gradually, he established his prowess in the Hindi cinema with back-to-back stellar performances. He has also won the National Award for his role in Newton. While you are still in the hangover of his acting in Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl, let’s take a look at his best 7 best performances so far.

1. Sultan Qureshi in Gangs of Wasseypur

 Gangs of Wasseypur, a milestone in cinema, saw the rise of many under-rated actors who later became a nation’s favourite. Pankaj Tripathi played the role of Sultan Qureshi, which is still a favourite character for many. Before the movie, we hardly knew him. Still, once the film reached the audience, we were in awe of the untraditional-method actor.

2. Safhya Ji in Masaan

It was not just Vicky Kaushal, Richa Chadha, and Shweta Tripathi who made the movie special. It was also Pankaj Tripathi who  paved film’s way to Cannes Film Festival and received a standing ovation. Pankaj Tripathi played the role of Richa Chadha’s co-worker ‘Safhya Ji.’ Masaan will always be a unique film as its actors are a talent bundle

3. Kaleen Bhaiya in Mirzapur

The Bihar-born actor established himself as the ultimate crime lord after this amazon special Mirzapur. The show has a solid fan-following amongst the youth eagerly waiting for the second season. The show takes the audience into the dark and complex world of crime, drugs, guns, goons, and lawlessness. The second season will be made available on September 23.

4. Madhav Mishra in Criminal Justice

If you ask the viewers of the series, why did they watch it? We are sure that most of them say that they watched it because of Pankaj Tripathi. The actor played the role of a lawyer with subtle yet funny charisma. The struggling lawyer in the movie tries to poach clients with his police connection. And yes, he is also struggling with his legs as he is sick of itching.

5. Atma Singh in Newton

Newton was the official entry of India to the Oscars. The movie deals with the ideological battle between Maoists and the government. The story revolves around Newton Kumar, a government employee who wants to execute an election in the Maoist-prone area. Pankaj Tripathi plays the role of an assistant commandant in the movie who is sent to ensure safe voting.

6. Rudra in Stree

There is a thing with theatre actors that they can nail any role you throw at them. Whenever he tried comic roles, Pankaj Tripathi hasn’t failed to make us laugh. He defies the rule book in Stree and wins us over with punch lines and one-liners.

7. Kehri Singh in Gurgaon

Despite similarities on paper, he has played roles in such a way that it never felt repetitive. His innate acting has offered something new every time he faces a camera. His restrained performance as a real estate tycoon exemplifies his internalized emotions toward characters.

This guy is one who struggled in the initial phases to bag a single role and now has the Bollywood fans rolling over him. Pankaj Tripathi got his first chance in 2004 when he played a role in Abhishek Bachchan’s Starrer “Run.” He has hit the spot every time he is on camera.

That’s Tripathi, Sir, for restoring our faith in Bollywood; Happy Birthday!

Edit By Ayushi Mittal

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