Pankaj Tripathi lost his father Pandit Banaras Tiwari in August, the same month he won his first National Award for his role in Kriti Sanon-starrer Mimi.
In his recent interview, the actor spoke about his late father and shared that though he had been independent for the last 25-30 years, his father’s passing feels like the roof has been taken off his head.
Speaking to Pinkvilla, Pankaj said, “I haven’t taken any advice from my father for the last 30 years. I am an independent person and I have been making my own decisions for the last 30 years. Usually after making a decision, I call him and tell him that I am doing this. For instance, I told him I was going to Mumbai after I reached Mumbai. He asked me, ‘What will you do in Mumbai?’ I said, ‘I will work in films.’ He asked me, ‘Hojaega?’ I said, ‘Haan hojaega (Yes, I will do it).’
The actor added, “When he died I thought, ‘Now from whom will I take advice?’ Then I realised I hadn’t taken any advice from him for the past 25-30 years, so why this question is arising in my mind? It is because a father is like a roof over your head and now it feel like that roof is removed.”
Just a few days after Pankaj’s father’s passing, the National Award winners were announced. The actor won the Best Supporting Actor award for his role in Mimi. He dedicated the award to his father through a statement that 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.”