Pankaj Tripathi Biography, Age, Wife, Family, First Movie, Awards & More

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Who is Pankaj Tripathi?

Pankaj Tripathi

Pankaj Tripathi was born on 5 September 1976 (age 44 years as of 2020). He is one of the most versatile and busiest actors in Bollywood and predominantly works in Hindi Film Industry.

Coming from a small village like Belsand (Bihar) and more than 10 years of his struggle not only established him as a great actor in Hindi Cinema but also as a great inspiration for the whole generations.

Pankaj received a Special Mention at the National Film Award for the film Newton (2017) and a winner of Screen Award for the Best Supporting Actor for Stree (2018) for his outstanding performances.


Personal Info

Real NamePankaj Kumar Tripathi
Zodiac SignVirgo
Date of Birth5 September 1976
Age44 Years (as in 2020)
Birth PlaceBelsand, Barauli, Gopalganj, Bihar
SchoolD. P. H. School, Gopalganj, Bihar
College/UniversityInstitute of Hotel Management (Hajipur, Patna),
National School of Drama (Delhi)
EducationGraduate in Drama
HobbiesTraveling, Watching Movies, Farming, Flying Kites


Pankaj Tripathi Family

Pankaj was born to Pandit Benaras Tripathi and Hemanti Devi in a Brahmin family. By profession, his father is a farmer and a priest and his mother is a housewife. Pankaj get married to Mridula Tripathi on 15 January 2004 and has a daughter name, Aashi Tripathi. He has three brothers and two sisters. Among six siblings, he is the youngest.

FatherPankaj Tripathi Father image
Pandit Benaras Tripathi
MotherPankaj Tripathi Mother image
Hemanti Devi
WifePankaj Tripathi Wife image
Mridula Tripathi
ChildrenPankaj Tripathi Daughter image
Aashi Tripathi

Educational Qualifications

Pankaj did schooling at D. P. H. School from his near town Gopalganj, Bihar. He came to Patna after completed school and pursued Hotel Management at the Institute of Hotel Management, Hajipur, Patna. He then enrolled at the National School of Drama, Delhi in 2001 and earned a degree in Drama in 2004.

Body Measurements

HeightFeet: 5 Feet 10 Inches
Meter: 1.8 m
Centimeters: 182.8 cm
Chest38 Inches
Waist32 Inches
Biceps13 Inches
Eye ColourDark Brown
Hair ColourBlack


Net WorthApprox $5 million (Rs 37 crore as of 2020) [1]IBTimes
SalaryRs 2 – 3 crore per movie
Brand Endorsement1 crore
HouseMadh Island, Mumbai
CarsPankaj Tripathi car collection
Mercedes Benz E200,
Toyota Fortuner

Favorite Things

ActorManoj Bajpai, Irrfan Khan, Amitabh Bachchan
DirectorRam Gopal Varma, Anurag Kashyap
MoviesPaan Singh Tomar, Maqbool, Tishri Kasam
FoodIndian, Chinese
Holidays DestinationHimalaya, His Village
ColourWhite, Black, Green

First Movie

Pankaj Tripathi Debut Film Run (2004)

Pankaj made his film debut in 2004 with a small uncredited role in Run. He played the character of a con man in it. Pankaj appeared in two scenes for a few seconds and moreover, his voice was dubbed. He shared the screen with Abhishek Bachchan, Bhumika Chawla, Vijay Raaz, Mahesh Manjrekar, etc.

Some Unknown Facts

  • During the festival in his village, he used to play the role of a girl in Natak (small theatre) which encouraged him to become an actor.
  • His biggest source of inspiration is Manoj Bajpai. He said in an interview that, if Manoj was not an actor then he too would not have become an actor.
  • Pankaj helped his father in farming until he was in 11th standards.
  • He worked in a five-star hotel named Mayura as a chef in Patna for more than two years.
  • He was active in college politics and formed a group named Atmaghati Dasta. During protest near Legislative Assembly, he was beaten and also had to go to jail.
  • He also appeared in television series like Time Bomb 9/11 (2005), Zindagi Ka Har Rang…Gulaal (2010), Powder (2010), Sarojini – Ek Nayi Pehal (2016).
  • He revealed in an interview that he was beaten while buying a ticket for Sanjay Dutt‘s Sadak.
  • His film Newton was India’s official entry for the Oscars/Academy Awards in 2018.
Pankaj in Newton (2017)
  • He graduated from NSD (National School of Drama), but get selected on the third attempt. Regarding selection, he recalled an incident “I distinctly remember the rain falling on my tinned roof on a July noon. While I sat in my room, looking out of the window at the rain, a postman arrived in a raincoat. He came to me with a white envelope with the NSD logo. I realized that I had got through NSD this time. I started crying.” [2]Postoast
  • Anurag Kashyap‘s Gangs of Wasseypur was the turning point of his career. For his role, he was auditioned for eight long hours.
Pankaj in Gangs of Wasseypur (2012)
  • He shot for two scenes in Hrithik Roshan starrer Lakshya but his role was deleted on the film release.
  • He played the lead role in Gurgaon which was released in 2017.
Pankaj in Gurgaon (2017)
  • In his early days in the film industry, he was paid Rs 5000 for each minor role play.
  • To protect his borewell pump worth Rs 500, he would sleep every night in the paddy field.
Pankaj in His Farm Field
  • He moved to Mumbai after many calls from his NDS friend Bhanu Uday with his wife caring only Rs 46000 cash in hand.
  • His favorite role in the movies, he has done so far, is Masaan (2015).
  • He appeared in various small roles in movies like Omkara (2006), Dharm (2007), Mithya (2008), Shaurya (2008), Chintu Ji (2009), Barah Aana (2009), Raavan (2010), Aakrosh (2010), Chillar Party (2011), Agneepath (2012), etc.
  • Once when his mother was admitted to a hospital in Patna, he went to visit her. The Dr. returned all the treatment charges when he knew the fact.
  • He appeared in Amazon Prime‘s web series Mirzapur in which his acting was praised by the critics and also won iReel Awards for the Best Actor.


Pankaj Tripathi Receiving National Film Award
Newton (2017)National Film Award, News18 REEL Movie AwardSpecial Mention, Best Supporting Actor
Mirzapur (2018)iReel AwardBest Actor
Stree (2018)Screen Award, Zee Cine AwardBest Supporting Actor, Best Dialogue

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