Pankaj Tripathi received a Special Mention at 65th National Film Awards for his awesome performance as a CRPF performance in Rajkummar Rao starrer Newton.
After receiving the Special Mention, elated Pankaj stated, “I am absolutely delighted. I had no idea I was even in the running. It feels amazing to know that the whole country thought my role in Newton was one of my best and to win the Special Mention Award at the highest film award in India is just exhilarating. My director and co-actors made it so easy for me to act in this film.”
In an interview with a leading agency, Tripathi had said, “The film is not trying to be intellectual. It is not even proposing that look we are trying to say something so great that you won’t understand. It doesn’t belittle the sensibility of cinema-goers. It is made with a view to tell the story in a simple and humorous manner.”
“There is no political orientation in the film. It wasn’t even needed in the story. It is a truthful and original story. It didn’t need any external equipment or tools to support it,” added the actor.
In an interview with a leading daily, Tripathi had said, “It is difficult for me to define acting in just a few words. If you would have asked me a few years ago I would have said acting is my oxygen; that I will die without it. Not any more. Now, for me, it is like a journey into an unexplored terrain or landscape. Some journeys are fruitful and gratifying, like Masaan, Newton. Others [commercial films] are luxurious and convenient. But, as in real travel, you grow in these journeys.”>
राष्ट्रीय पुरस्कार में स्पेशल मेंशन अवार्ड मिलना वाकई स्पेशल है। हर एक्टर की तरह मेरे लिए भी गर्व का क्षण है ये। नेशनल अवार्ड पैनल, न्यूटन की पूरी टीम और आप सब का शुक्रिया।
— Pankaj Tripathi (@TripathiiPankaj) April 13, 2018