Pankaj Tripathi, who is noted for bringing something different to each of his onscreen appearances, will be honoured with the Diversity in Cinema Award at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM) for introducing these many shades of flexibility .
“I am really honoured and humbled to get this award, and it makes me very glad that such a prestigious film festival has recognised my work,” says Tripathi, who will join the ranks of former prize winners Frieda Pinto, Fawad Khan, and Onir.
Pankaj -The Versatile Actor
The prize does not place any pressure on the performer, but it does place a greater obligation on him to continue to improve. “My intention is to perform to the best of my skills, and I am so pleased that the audience enjoys my performances,” he says.
Tripathi is also up for Best Male Performance (Male) in a Film for Ludo, as well as Best Male Performance (Male) in a Series for Mirzapur 2. This year’s festival also included his short film Laali.
Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap, who directed him in Gangs of Wasseypur, will deliver the prize on August 20. Tripathi’s career was turned around by the film, which focused attention on his acting abilities, which he later demonstrated in Mirzapur, Ludo, Sacred Games, and Newton.
“With his acting prowess and unmatched talent, he makes every character riveting,” the festival’s director Mitu Bhowmick Lange says of the honour. IFFM has always stood for cinematic variety, and Pankaj Tripathi is a perfect example of it. He excels in a variety of roles, making him an ideal candidate for this award.”