Pankaj Tripathi, acclaimed for his role in the movie Mimi, has clinched the National Film Award for the Best Supporting Actor category. Yet, his triumph is shadowed by the recent demise of his father, who breathed his last on August 21. In an official statement shared by Tripathi, he expressed that his National Film Award is a heartfelt tribute to his late father, Pandit Benaras Tripathi.
National Award Winner Pankaj Tripathi pays homage to late father; says, “I’m who I’m today because of him”
The actor’s statement read, “This is unfortunately a period of loss and grieving for me. If Babuji was around, he would have been really happy for me. When I first got the National Award mention, he was very proud and pleased. This National Award I dedicate to him and his spirit. I’m who I’m today because of him. I’m in a loss of words due to this time but I’m happy and grateful to the team. Kriti also has won the Best Actress, so a huge congratulations to her.”
Tripathi told Hindustan Times, “I am in a very strange position of life today, which is dominated by mixed emotions. On one hand I am sad that my father is not there with me, and on another hand I know how elated and proud this would make him. This thought is calming me at the moment.”
Meanwhile, Kriti Sanon stood triumphant as she clinched the prestigious National Film Award for Best Actress for her exceptional portrayal in the film Mimi. Notably, Kriti shared the coveted Best Actress award with none other than Alia Bhatt, who too has been honoured for her remarkable performance in Gangubai Kathiawadi.
On the work front, Pankaj Tripathi’s latest movie OMG 2 is currently playing in theatres after it was released earlier this month on August 11.
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