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"Tripathi bach jayega!" Decoding Pankaj Tripathi and why India's drooling over this middle-aged guy

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The only thing worth remembering in the Abhishek Bachchan-starrer Run (2004) was Vijay Raaz and his impeccable comic timing. ‘Kavwa biryani’ and ‘chhoti Ganga’ have become inside jokes between friends at informal get-togethers.

But while Raaz was surreptitiously making his way into our hearts, Pankaj Tripathi was standing right there, a witness to it all.

If I tell you now that Run was Pankaj Tripathi’s debut — where he had just two scenes, his voice dubbed by someone else and his character wasn’t even given a name — you will believe me because Tripathi has never kept his humble beginnings a secret. Another thing he has no qualms admitting to is the failures he’s had to withstand in order to reach where he is today.

Blink. You missed him: Tripathi started off with playing a character that wasn’t even given a name. (Photo: YouTube screengrab)

Apart from this blink-and-you-miss role in Run, Tripathi had a role in Lakshya — the Farhan Akhtar directorial, the Hrithik Roshan-starrer — which was eventually chopped off on the editing table. Today, he is one of Excel Entertainment’s........

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