Pankaj Tripathi Biography, Age, Height, Movies, Wife, Family, Web Series & Facts

Pankaj Tripathi Biography – A talented actor from Belsand to Wasseypur to the protagonist of Sacred Games!

Early Life of Pankaj Tripathi:

Pankaj Tripathi was born on September 29, 1976, in Belsand village, Gopalganj District, Bihar.

He did his schooling at DPH School. He used to be a good athlete in his school time. Right from his childhood, he has an actor inside him, as he used to participate in ‘Acts’ or ‘Naataks’ during the ”Chhath” festival.

His father always wanted him to be a Doctor, the reason he shifted to Patna after his schooling. And, he became a Science student there.

Meanwhile, he joined RSS and also became the leader of ABVP, a student organization.

Once he got imprisoned due to a protest which he was leading and spent some days behind the bars. Then, there he started reading Hindi literature and got completely immersed in it.

Pankaj Tripathi with his father

Later, after getting out of Jail, he saw a play named ‘Andha Kuaan’ which inspired him to join the acting field. So, he started understanding the basics of a play and later also started performing in various plays.

Being a chef in Patna to the actor:

After doing a lot of theatre in Patna, Pankaj decided to move to NSD. So, he tried for NSD but didn’t get selected in his first attempt. He also failed the second attempt, so his uncle suggested him to get into FCI to earn some good money in foreign.



He attempted for FCI and got selected for it. Then he joined a Hotel in Patna as a trainee also learned some dishes there. He didn’t get the chance to go foreign for ‘good money’, but he did try for NSD for one more time in 2001. Meanwhile, he married Mridula Tripathi and also, selected in NSD at the same time.

“In a TV show, Pankaj Tripathi revealed that, at once, he and his wife Mridula used to live together in NSD’s hostel. But later, the warden of the hostel asked them to shift somewhere else.”

In 2004, after completing his training from NSD, he moved to Patna again and did some theatre for some months. Later, Pankaj shifted to Mumbai along with his wife in search of work in the acting field.

Pankaj Tripathi with wife Mridula

According to Pankaj Tripathi, during his struggling days, his wife Mridula helped him financially by teaching in a school in Goregaon.

Pankaj Tripathi Biography:

Pankaj Tripathi's Profile
Personal Life
Full NamePankaj Kumar Tripathi
Date of BirthSeptember 5, 1976
Age42 years (in 2020)
Zodiac/Sun SignVirgo
HometownBelsand, Gopalganj, Bihar
SchoolD.P.H. School, Gopalganj
CollegeNational School of Drama
Physical Stats
Height5ft. 10”
(178 cm)
Weight70 kg
(174 lbs)
Hair ColorBlack
Eye ColorDark Brown
Family & Relationships
FatherPandit Benaras Tripathi
MotherHemwanti Devij
Siblings1 Brother & 2 Sisters
Marital StatusMarried

Mridula Tripathi

Children1 Daughter (Aashi Tripathi)
TV DebutZindagi ka har rang…Gulaal
Movie Debut (Bollywood)Run
Movie Debut (Telugu)Doosukeltha
Movie Debut (Tamil)Kaala
Movie Debut (Punjabi)Harjeeta
Web Series1. Sacred Games
2. Mirzapur
3. Criminal Justice

Family Background:

Pankaj’s father, Pandit Benaras Tripathi, is a priest and farmer. His mother Hemwanti Devi is a homemaker.

Pankaj with his mother

He has an elder brother and two younger sisters. He is the youngest among the four of them.

Pankaj Tripathi Movies:

In 2004, Pankaj Tripathi made his debut in Bollywood from a guest role in an action-comedy-romance movie Run. Abhishek Bachchan and Bhoomika Chawala were the leads of the movie, but Vijay Raaz’s role was really applauded by the audience.

“Pankaj was the one who asked Vijay (as Ganesh) in the movie to dive into the ‘Chhoti Ganga’.”



Later, in 2005, he appeared in Prakash Jha’s directed movie Apaharan. He worked with actors like Ajay Devgan and Bipasha Basu in the movie.

Then, he appeared in movies like Omkara, Dharm, Aakrosh, Shaurya, Chillar Party, and Agneepath. Later, he also appeared in movies including Dabangg 2, Rangrezz, ABCD, and Gunday. In 2013, he also starred in a Telugu film.


Masaan was released in 2015, and the interesting fact is the movie was released at Cannes Film Festival and in France before it was released in India. The major cast of the movie was Richa Chadda, Vicky Kaushal, and Sanjay Mishra.

Photo Source: Masaan movie

With those supremely talented actors, Tripathi also appeared in the movie. He has a very short role in the movie, however, he made his own identity in that short time.


Pankaj Tripathi has played the role of Atma Singh in Amit Masurkar’s directorial film Newton. He played the character of an Assistant Commandant, leading a CRPF team in a Naxal are a. Rajkumar Rao played the character of Newton, a government clerk who was on his election duty in the same area.




His performance in Newton lets him win the National Award for it. Even the film got the National Film Award under the category of the Best Feature film.

Tripathi – The ‘Sultan’ of Wasseypur:

On June 22, 2012, Gangs of Wasseypur-part 1 was released. It was written, directed, and produced by Anurag Kashyap.


There was a character of ‘Sultan Qureshi’ in the movie, played by Tripathi. Sultan Qureshi, one who cuts sixty buffaloes in a day, a henchman of Ramadheer Singh, and his only purpose is – to kill Sardar Khan (Manoj Bajpayee) and his children.

One of his popular dialogue is – “Yeh Wasseypur hai, yahaan Kabootar bhi ek pankh se udta hai aur doosre se apna izzat bachaata hai.” translated as “This is Wasseypur, here even the pigeon flies with one wing and protects its honor with the other.”

Pankaj also appeared in the second part of the Gangs of Wasseypur. And, from then only he came into the ‘limelight’ and his talent gets recognized by the film industry and the audiences.

Photo Source: Gangs of Wasseypur

In 2020, Pankaj appeared in Angrezi Medium, starring Radhika Madan and Irrfan Khan.

List of movies:

Pankaj Tripathi Movies
20081. Mithya
2. Shaurya
20091. Chintu Ji
2. Barah Aana
20101. Raavan
2. Aakrosh
2011Chillar Party
20121. Agneepath
2. Gangs of Wasseypur (Part 1 & 2)
3. Dabangg 2
20131. ABCD
2. Rangrezz
3. Fukrey
4. Anwar Ka Ajab Kissa
5. Maazil
6. Janta V/s Janardan
7. Doosukeltha (Telugu)
20141. Gunday
2. Singham Returns
20151. Manjhi
2. Life Biryani
3. Masaan
4. Dilwale
20161. Nil Battey Sannata
2. Global Baba
3. Mango Dreams (English)
20171. Coffee with D
2. Anaarkali of Aarah
3. Newton
4. Gurgaon
5. Bareily ki Barfi
6. Fukrey Returns
7. Munna Michael
20181. Kaalakaandi
2. Kaala (Tamil)
3. Angrezi Mein Kehte Hain
4. Phamous
5. Stree
6. Harjeeta (Punjabi)
7. Bhaiaji Superhit
8. Yours Truly
20191. Luka Chuppi
2. The Tashkent Files
3. Super 30
4. Kissebaaz
5. Arjun Patiala
6. Drive
20201. Angrezi Medium
2. Extraction

Upcoming movies:

  • Drive
  • Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar
  • Dhaka
  • 83
  • Gunjan Saxena
  • Ajmeri Baba
  • Panga

TV Series:

Here’s a list of TV shows, he has appeared in –

  1. Zindagi ka har rang…Gulaal (aired on Star Plus)
  2. Powder (Sony TV)
  3. Sarojini – Ek nayi pehal (Zee TV)

Pankaj Tripathi Web Series:

Sacred Games:

Sacred Games, a web series based on Vikram Chandra’s novel of the same name. Tripathi’s character was shown in a very mysterious way in its first season. He played the role of ‘Khanna Guruji’ or ‘Guruji’ in the series.


In the season of Sacred Games, his character somehow became the main protagonist and he ran the series in his own delicate way. If you wanna be his ‘student’ just subscribe to Netflix and obviously for that you ‘Must Sacrifice.’


In this world of web series, you must be familiar with Kaleen Bhaiya aka Akahandanand Tripathi. The series was released in 2018 on Amazon Prime.


Tripathi appeared in the series along with actors like Ali Fazal, Harshita Gaur, and Divyendu. Its second season will release in 2020.

Criminal Justice:

It was released on April 5, 2019. Pankaj played the role of a lawyer in the series who fights the case of a man who is accused of murder.

He starred in the series along with the likes of Jackie Shroff and Anupriya Goenka. You can binge-watch this series on Hotstar.

Later, in April 2020, he appeared in a cameo role in Extraction, an action thriller film released on Netflix.

Facts about Pankaj Tripathi:

  • He is a very good story-teller.
  • He loves to read books.
Pankaj’s wife and daughter
  • Pankaj and his wife Mridula have a daughter, named Aashi Tripathi.
  • He likes to discover new things in different places.
  • He has some followers in his village who admire him as a Guru.

Frequently asked questions on Google:

Q1. What is the age of Pankaj Tripathi?

Ans. 43 years (In 2020)

Q2. Is Shweta Tripathi daughter of Pankaj Tripathi?

Ans. No, she isn’t his daughter.

Q3. Where is from Pankaj Tripathi?

Ans. Belsand, Gopalganj, Bihar.

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