Pankaj Tripathi: It is 'Mirzapur' that made us stars, before that we were just actors in the show

Ronit Kawale
Ronit Kawale - Senior Editor
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Once again Pankaj Tripathi starrer 'Mirzapur' is ready to knock on OTT. The third series of 'Mirzapur' is coming on July 5, for which the audience is already eagerly waiting. Now Pankaj Tripathi has said a few things about this series and told that this show has shown him stardom. Famous actor Pankaj Tripathi, who played the character of Kaleen Bhaiya in the 'Mirzapur' series, said that before this show became popular, he and other stars were known only as 'artists'. Pankaj said, 'Mirzapur has played an important role in my career. Especially during interviews, journalists often call us 'star cast', but before Mirzapur became popular, we were just the cast of the show. Pankaj Tripathi gives credit to 'Mirzapur' for the stardom he is enjoying today.

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Got good response especially from female fans

Talking about the cast of this series, apart from him, it also includes Ali Fazal, Shweta Tripathi Sharma, Rasika Duggal, Vijay Verma, Isha Talwar, Anjum Sharma, Priyanshu Painuli, Harshita Shekhar Gaur, Rajesh Tailang, Sheeba Chaddha, Meghna Malik and Manu Rishi Chaddha. He said, 'It is the Mirzapur series that made us stars. The response I have received from fans, especially women, after season 1 has surprised me. This made me realize that Kaleen Bhaiya is different from any other don that Indian audiences have ever seen on celluloid.'

Why is Kaleen Bhaiya different from other dons and mafias?

Pankaj said, 'Unlike the traditional mafia and dons, they pretend to be influential and well behaved, ethical and trustworthy. Kaleen Bhaiya is not a common criminal, this is what makes him different from others. We humans have many facets and Kaleen Bhaiya is a perfect example of this.'

The first season of the series, which began in 2018, saw Pankaj play Akhandanand Tripathi, popularly known as Kaleen Bhaiya, a dreaded gangster in Mirzapur, Purvanchal, Uttar Pradesh. Produced by Excel Media and Entertainment, Mirzapur Season 3 is directed by Gurmeet Singh and Anand Iyer. The ten-episode series will premiere on Prime Video on July 5.

Pankaj Tripathi's next film is 'Stree 2'

Talking about films, Pankaj will next be seen in Amar Kaushik's horror comedy 'Stree 2'. The film is a sequel to the 2018 film 'Stree', starring Shraddha Kapoor, Rajkumar Rao, Abhishek Banerjee and Aparshakti Khurana in lead roles.

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