The star, who dabbled in trainee politics throughout his college days in Patna, said, “I have worked so difficult to be a star, and now individuals recognise me as an actor. It would appear a bit odd if I moved careers from abhineta (star) to neta (political leader).
” I have not seen a lot of movies, and I have almost no referral of older actors. The actor, who dabbled in trainee politics during his college days in Patna, said, “I have worked so tough to be a star, and now individuals recognise me as an actor.
Tripathi has also established a small-screen presence with web programs like Sacred Games and Mirzapur. At the eAdda, he resolved what he referred to as the “formula trap” that OTT platforms can fall under, an example of which is the spate of comparable gangster stories that are streaming on various platforms.
” We see that in the home entertainment market: (there is) one hit story, and then the tendency to replicate it. (If) we do something once, it is a novelty, however (if) we do it frequently, it loses its effect,” said the actor.
When asked by the Ambassador of Suriname to India Aashna Kanhai about a future where he might sign up with politics, Tripathi reacted: “Well see.”
When asked which “school of acting he believes he comes from, Tripathi, 44, who won a Special Mention at the National Film Awards for his performance in the film Newton (2017 ), fondly remembered his late colleague Irrfan, who passed away previously this year.
“Bollywood, in my personal viewpoint, is a very democratic area … I could never have believed that an actor who looks like me might have played the protagonist in a Hindi movie, like I perform in Kaagaz, my upcoming film. This was not possible 10-15 years back. On a film set everyone, from the hero to the lightman and makeup artist, they are all equal,” said star Pankaj Tripathi.
” I have actually not seen a great deal of films, and I have nearly absolutely no recommendation of older actors. My training school was the National School of Drama, from where individuals like Pankaj Kapur and Naseeruddin Shah came. Irrfan sahab left a huge impression on me though I do not know if I hail from his school of acting. If I came to be associated with his school, that would be a big honour for me. Mujhe unse bada prem thha (I was really fond of him),” he stated.
Reacting to a question about any directorial dreams he harboured, Tripathi said, “Yes, some day hopefully. I get visuals of the landscapes of different places in my mind– right from a moon night of Rann of Kutch, to the desolate Nubra Valley in Leh. I can only share them with the world when I direct, not through speaking alone.”
The Express Adda, which has actually moved online during the Covid-19 pandemic, has previously included stars Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Anushka Sharma, and Kangana Ranaut; union ministers Nitin Gadkari, S Jaishankar, Nirmala Sitharaman, and Ramesh Pokhriyal; and specialists in their fields like AIIMS Director Dr Randeep Guleria, Chief Economic Advisor Krishnamurthy Subramanian, Nobel Laureates Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo, cancer specialist and prize-winning author Dr Siddhartha Mukherjee, and sportspersons like Cheteshwar Pujara.
Tripathi, who has had an outstanding year, with extensively appreciated performances in the movies Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl, and Ludo, and in web series Mirzapur and Criminal Justice, spoke on a variety of subjects, including his early days as a struggler in Mumbai, his inspiration for pursuing acting, and the present state of the Hindi movie market.
Tripathi and Irrfan interacted in Angrezi Medium, which was launched in March this year.
“Bollywood, in my personal viewpoint, is an extremely democratic space … I might never ever have actually believed that a star who looks like me might have played the protagonist in a Hindi movie, like I do in Kaagaz, my approaching film. On a movie set everybody, from the hero to the lightman and makeup artist, they are all equivalent,” said star Pankaj Tripathi.
His comment, coming at completion of a year that saw the Hindi movie industry involved in a dispute about nepotism, was made at the Express eAdda on Monday, where the star was in conversation with national functions editor Devyani Onial and the Indian Express movie critic Shubhra Gupta.