His road to success was paved with "many failures but Pankaj Tripathi, who made his Hindi movie debut by playing an unnamed character in the 2004 movie Run , looks back at his foundation years without any regrets.
Over the past few years, Tripathi has become the go-to actor for complex characters across mediums -- Gangs of Wasseypur , Gurgaon , Mirzapur , "Sacred Games", Masaan , Newton , Nil Battey Sannata , Bareilly Ki Barfi and Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl .
Asked about the person he was during his first movie, the actor credited his struggling days and early roadblocks for where he stands today.
Those were my foundation years. Whatever I am today is because of the mistakes or the good things I did at that time. I am reminded of Baba Nagarjun's poem in Hindi: Jo nahi ho sake poorna kaam, unko karta hoon main pranam'. It was a time when I could not do a lot of things that I wanted to do. I'm a result of all those failures, Tripathi told PTI in an interview.
The actor, who hails from Belsand village in Gopalganj district of Bihar, said he always reflects about how he would not be the person he is today if he had a different childhood.
Our past is always right. I feel whatever happens, happens for the best. So all those failures were correct, he added.
This philosophy of hopefulness permeates everything that Tripathi does, even when he is playing a ruthless Machiavellian villain like Kaleen Bhaiya in Mirzapur in the Amazon Prime Video crime drama series.
The actor said he operates on the notion that every character, however grey, is redeemable.