According to Pankaj Tripathi, he leads a pretty contented life, therefore when things in the film business did not go his way, he did not become irritated.
Despite its delayed start, Tripathi’s career includes some of the most highly regarded films and television series of the last several years, including Sacred Games, Gurgaon, Newton, Nil Battey Sannata, Mimi, OMG 2, and Bareilly Ki Barfi.
The actor discussed his difficult time at a lecture at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI).
“After Gangs of Wasseypur, I believed things would start occurring for me, but they didn’t. I never got upset about it, however. I’m a very happy person. For a week, I used to enjoy pretending to be a police officer in a daily soap opera. I’ve never asked myself, “What am I doing? Should I perform this? I ought to be doing something else. I’ve never turned down a part,” Tripathi said.
The actor also discussed his approach to stardom and his performing method throughout the event.
“Fifteen years from now, no one in Goa would likely remember me, just as they would not remember me fifteen years from now. This helps you see that everything is untrue. Your character is on stage right now, and the whole universe is a stage. And this guy will fail eventually,” he said.
According to Tripathi, his line of work necessitates that one consider both the inside and outside aspects of existence.
An actor may prepare for a part in a lot of different areas. You will be required to study the literature and examine every aspect of your own life at the same time. We have a life to live, but it is our responsibility to watch and investigate it as well,” he said.
Tripathi said that he is often surprised by the fact that people refer to him as modest.
“I consider myself to be a modest person. And lately, I’ve been thinking about it: “Am I genuinely humble, or am I just acting that way to appear shrewd?” I’m attempting to ascertain the truth of this as I’m unsure of my acting and non-acting boundaries.
“I do experience feelings of rage and consider exacting retribution. But over time, I’ve triumphed because I understand that if I become upset or seek retribution, I’ll hurt myself first. In a matter of seconds, my thoughts turn to “It will only waste your time” when I’m irritated. Simply let it go. I also carry it out. I just grin and get on with my life,” he remarked.
The actor recalled the compliments he got from seasoned director Mahesh Bhatt after his viewing of Tripathi’s role in the 2017 comedic drama “Newton.” For the part, Tripathi won a National Film Awards Special Mention.
After seeing “Newton,” I recall Mahesh Bhatt sir calling. “Pankaj, I’ve called to say that you were very good in the film,” he said to me. You were far back in a wide angle image, so in three or four spots you were out of focus. Nevertheless, you remained true to the trade. Thus, just keep this reality in mind as you perform,” the performer recollected.
According to Tripathi, a camera is a miraculous tool that can record space and time without passing judgment.
“A mid-shot, in my opinion, simply doesn’t show your face well. It catches your soul as well,” he said.
When asked about the reason for his lack of work outside of Hindi cinema, Tripathi cited the language barrier.
I have a lot on my plate with my Hindi film obligations. It’s also a result of my limited linguistic proficiency. I worked on a film called “Doosukeltha” in the South with the talented writer-director Veeru Potla.
However, when I was filming that film, I became aware of the fact that I couldn’t perform for the camera and speak the language. Thus, the linguistic barrier is to blame. If not, the actor said, “I would really love to do something down south.”
Tripathi debuted “Kadak Singh,” his most recent film, at IFFI. It was helmed by “Pink” star Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury.
The film was shown as part of the “World Gala Premiere” segment and also stars Parvathy Thiruvothu and Sanjana Sanghi.
On November 28, the 54th edition of the IFFI will come to an end.