Pankaj Tripathi, one of the well-known actors in the Hindi film industry interacted with the students of the University of Hyderabad (UoH) on 29th August 2013 at the School of Humanities Auditorium. Tripathi is known for his performance in films like Gangs of Wasseypur, Dabbang2 and Fukrey.

Born in Belsan, a small village near Gopalganj town of Bihar, Tripathi told the students that his village did not have a television and the nearest theatre was more than 25 kilometers away. Though his parents are farmers, Tripathi was more oriented towards being an actor. He acted as a theatre artist in his college days in Patna for close to four years before joining the National School of Drama.

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Tripathi gave an account of his entry into the film industry. He shared his days of struggle as a character artist and the problems he faced before entering the industry. The movie Apaharan in 2005 was his first film. Tripathi told the audience about his journey from a Theatre Artist to a Film Actor and also shared with the students, his views on Indian cinema.

Tripathi spoke about the making of popular movies like Gangs of Wasseypur and Janta V/S Janardan. He shared with the students about the instances on how he had to behave, off the camera and on the camera, and how a camera works while the artist is performing. Tripathi signed off the memorable interaction at UoH by wishing the students the best in their academics and career.