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3 Ways Irrfan Inspired Pankaj Tripathi To Be A Better Actor Prove Why He Calls Him His ‘Guru’

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Irrfan Khan is not just an actor but an emotion to his fans. People loved him for the iconic roles that he gave us over years and it’s hard to wrap our head around the fact that we won’t see him on the big screen ever again. It felt like a personal loss as Irrfan was surely one of the actors that many people took inspiration from. 

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His legacy is far from forgotten though. And Pankaj Tripathi is one such person who is still distraught and coping with the loss as for him, Irrfan was his guru and inspired him immensely. Pankaj had appeared in Irrfan’s final film, Angrezi Medium. In an interview with DNA, Pankaj spoke fondly of Irrfan and said the Maqbool actor is perhaps the only Indian actor whose every film he has seen. 

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And here's how Irrfan inspired him:

1. Pankaj felt that Irrfan was doing something different from others. “I think he was the only Indian actor whose every film I’ve seen. I felt like he was doing something different and this is the impact acting should have,” said Pankaj.

2. He has learnt a lot from Irrfan’s performances in Haasil, Maqbool, The Warrior, and Paan Singh Tomar. He said, “I’ve always been inspired by Irrfan’s performances as an actor. He has had a huge impact on my life, especially with his performances from Haasil, Maqbool, The Warrior, and Paan Singh Tomar.”


3. Pankaj always wanted to follow Irrfan’s route and impact the audience the way the legendary actor did. “My guru and also my senior from the National School of Drama, I have always wanted to impact audiences the way he does. His contribution has been greatly acknowledged in Indian Cinema and my role in this film is almost like my ‘guru dakshina’ to him,” he’d said.

It’s heartening to see how Pankaj is keeping Irrfan’s legacy alive and we are proud of the fact that we have such genuine people in the industry.


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