PeepingMoon Exclusive: I sacrificed a lot to reach where I am today: Divyendu Sharmaa aka Munna Tripathi on Mirzapur 2's success

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Amazon Prime Video's week-old series Mirzapur 2 is breaking records. The second part of the popular show continues to enjoy a massive and overwhelming fan following even after a 2-year-long gap. Featuring Pankaj Tripathi, Divyendu Sharmaa and Ali Fazal in primary roles of Kaleen Bhaiya, Munna Tripathi and Guddu Pandit, the trio has given a fitting reply to the American fantasy show Game Of Thrones. Hailed as India's answer to the highly-popular series, Mirzapur 2 is presiding over the throne of the most-watched Indian drama series this year. 

As Mirzapur 2 continues to enthrall viewers, Munna Tripathi, played by the exceptionally brilliant actor Divyendu sat down for an interview with PeepingMoon. Talking about the success of the 10-part gangster show, Divyendu said, "It is beyond comprehension. It is smashing and overwhelming to see people love and accept Mirzapur."

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Divyendu, a graduate in political science, got his first big break in 2011 with Luv Ranjan's Pyaar Ka Punchnama. . The graph escalated when he signed David Dhawan's Chashme Baddoor in   2013. However, Divyendu told PeepingMoon that after two big successes, he was offered typical roles in big-budget films. Saying no to them to satiate his inner hunger as an actor, Divyenndu said he had to sacrifice a lot before Mirzapur came in like a gift from the Universe's energies. "I sacrificed a lot to reach where I am now. I have said no to a lot of things. When you start with something like Pyaar Ka Punchnama which was a big hit followed by Chashme Baddoor, people tend to offer you that same kind of work with a lot of money. Whether to cash in on that or what is your inner hunger as an artist, is dependant on whether you are comfortable. I wasn’t. It was a phase where I was successful and was getting offers left, right and center with good money and positioning, but I wasn’t happy with it. I would have cheated myself as an actor. I sacrificed a lot, said no to pretty big projects but I was waiting for something like Mirzapur to happen. I truly and firmly believe that the sacrifice, those years of hard work paid off. There was a pain where you feel 'I am so much more than what people think I am and I just need an opportunity to prove myself'. I think all the energies came together to answer me and heal my soul. They gave me Munna as my present," Divyenndu told.

(Transcribed By: Tanmayi Savadi)

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