By Akanksha Gupta Last Updated:
Hailing from Belsand, a village in Gopalganj District, Bihar, Pankaj Tripathi is a shining example that one must be aware of their true potential and never give up on their dreams. Pankaj believes that irrespective of the fame and success that one achieves, they shouldn’t forget the connection with their roots as it is what will keep them grounded. Be it any generation, Pankaj is the trump card of every film, who connects with everyone owing to his talent and roles ranging from gritty and intense to comic and light-hearted.
Making his debut in 2004 and now with a career of close to two decades, Pankaj Tripathi is the scene-stealer as he successfully manages to steal our hearts and attention even with a brief role in a film or series. Not much is known about Pankaj Tripathi’s personal life as he prefers to keep it guarded, away from the media. It was in January 2004, when Pankaj Tripathi had tied the knot with his first love, Mridula. Pankaj and Mridula are blessed with a daughter, Aashi, and with his wife’s stable teaching career, he had pursued his dreams of becoming an actor.
In a conversation with The Better India, Pankaj Tripathi had said,
“If you ask me about my struggle, I don’t have any sad details like sleeping on a footpath or starving for days. That’s because my wife, Mridula, had taken over the entire responsibility of the house. In fact, I tell everyone that she is the man of the house.”
In 2019, Pankaj had posted an unseen picture from his wedding with Mridula to wish her on their anniversary. In the caption, Pankaj had asked for blessings, referring to 26 years of togetherness as they celebrate fifteen years of their married life.
In an interview with author-journalist, Anupama Chopra, Pankaj Tripathi was asked about his wife, Mridula Tripathi, who had financially supported him and his dreams of becoming an actor for 10 years and had never once asked him to change his field. Answering Anupama’s question, Pankaj had gotten emotional. He had said,
"Main is sawal ka jawab dete dete ro bhi sakta hoon. Aamtaur par ek ghar mein ek husband aur ek wife rehte hai. Mere ghar mein 2 wife rehti hai. Ek meri wife aur main unki wife. Pata nahi shayad meri imaandari dekh ke unko bharosa hoga. Main bohot sincere actor hoon maltab mere liye, cooking bhi acting hai. Mere liye duniya ka har kaam acting hai. Vo sabse kareeb thi, vo dekhti thi toh usko is baat ka ehsaas hoga ki agar itna imaandaar hai yeh banda aur apne craft pe itna laga hua hai toh kabhi na kabhi achhe din aayenge. Waqt badlega. Shayad yehi raha hoga. Baaki unse poochna hoga."
In an interview with National Geographic Traveller India, when Pankaj Tripathi was asked, "What kind of travel do you do with your wife and daughter?" he had retorted,
"All kinds of travel. I want to show my daughter jungles, mountains, rivers… I want to take her to the Ganga and the Brahmaputra. I want to show her migratory birds like flamingos when they visit, but I also want to take her to where they migrated from. It’s the same with rivers: I want to visit every river in the country from its source to its mouth. What I can’t visit, I map it out on Google! I want to show them everything, from landscapes to architecture, cities to art and music."
Revealing how do they decide on a travel destination for a family trip, Pankaj Tripathi had said, "It’s a collective decision. Sometimes I suggest a place, and they go along because they know I’m a hardcore traveller who does his research. Sometimes my daughter wants to visit a place, and we go there."
When asked, "Do you like clicking photographs of your travel?" Pankaj had replied, "Only with my eyes. We leave Instagram behind, but the photos in my mind, I take with me. My family likes to take photos, however."
Today, Pankaj Tripathi is a happy family man with his wife Mridula Tripathi and their daughter Aashi Tripathi. The couple has been married for 17 years now nearly after many years of courtship.