Pankaj Tripathi made 'national icon' by Election Commission of India

The actor was chosen for the honour for ‘his association with ECI in creating awareness amongst voters’.

The announcement was made in Delhi by the Chief Election Commissioner in the presence of the actor, who said he was honoured by it.

Pankaj, who is known for his work in films and shows like Mirzapur, Sacred Games, Mimi, and Newton among others, was already a state icon for the ECI.

While complimenting the actor, CEC Rajiv Kumar said the decision to make him national icon was done keeping in view his commitment to the cause and wide appeal across the country.

Addressing the audience, Pankaj Tripathi recollected his memories of becoming a first time voter.

He said that the process gave him not only the right of matdaan (voting) but also sammaan (respect) as a contributory voice in democracy.

The actor also urged all young voters to pro-actively participate in the elections to reflect their democratic choices and make their voices heard

Pankaj, a National Award-winner, has been active in the industry for almost two decades. After doing bit roles in critically-acclaimed films like Omkara, Dharm, and Aakrosh, Pankaj gained fame as Sultan Qureshi in Anurag Kashyap’s cult classic two-parter Gangs of Wasseypur (2012)