Actor Pankaj Tripathi is in what is arguably the best phase of his career: he not only has the workload but continues to garner accolades for every outing, regardless of the format. But the actor, a scene stealer in any film or web series, is a little worried about “disappointing” his fans, if his work isn’t up to the mark, someday.
“I remember 10 days ago I met a group of people from South and Bengal at the airport and they said that when they see a shot of me in the trailer, they think they want to watch the film because I I will do something for it. Sure.
“There is a sense of responsibility (and also) that the day I mess up a bit, people can get frustrated. I am also a human. I feel a little worried sometimes. It is not necessary that whatever I do will be good. It may be average but then people say that my average will also be fine,” Tripathi told PTI in an interview.
The 45-year-old actor said that he tries to focus on his work and believes in giving his 100 percent for every role.
“I try to strike a balance of entertainment and sensibility, I make sure the purpose isn’t missed.”
After years of struggle, Pankaj Tripathi Has been working round the clock and said he wants to slow down a bit after honoring his prior commitments. “It didn’t happen overnight. It’s taken a long time to be here. I’m 45 today and success at this age won’t go to my head because you know and understand life. So my point of view is a little bit different.
“I feel like I need to slow down now after I’ve met my prior commitments and I will. I have pre-Covid-19 commitments which will take six months or more. I will (slow down) a little bit after that Because I need physical health.
With short breaks in between, Tripathi visits his family in Gopalganj district of Bihar. But the actor, who graduated from the National School of Drama (NSD), shared that during his time at home around 600 people queue up to take selfies and he happily accepts them.
“They all love me and come so far to my house to see me and I don’t want to disturb them. Although I get a little tired, smiling all the time, I don’t get irritated too soon,” he said.
Back in Mumbai at his sea-facing apartment in Madh Island, Tripathi prefers to stay away from the limelight and finds peace in being close to nature.
“When I am at home, the phone is switched off. Today, I’m not worried about missing a phone call, earlier I was. The phone is on silent mode for three years or so because I have prior commitments so I want to finish it first.
“Besides this, I also read books by contemporary Hindi writers such as Satya Vyas, Nilotpal Mrinal and others and some who wrote on nature, environment and farming. I have also read political columns in the newspaper.”
Currently, he is busy promoting his next film Bunty Aur Babli 2 backed by Yash Raj Films. The film is the sequel to the 2005 blockbuster directed by Shaad Ali, starring Rani Mukerji and Abhishek Bachchan as lead characters.
While Mukherjee is returning as the original Babli, the sequel stars Saif Ali Khan, who steps in for Bachchan’s Bunty, alongside Siddhant Chaturvedi and debutant Sharvari, the new-age con-couple known as Bunty and Babli respectively. Also called.
Recalling the release of Bunty Aur Babli 16 years ago at a theater in Patna, Pankaj Tripathi said that he thoroughly enjoyed the original, which he said had a beautiful story and music.
In Bunty Aur Babli 2, the actor will be seen as Jatayu Singh, a shrewd cop who pits two pairs of Bunty and Babli against each other.
“In the film, the new Bunty Aur Babli is tech-savvy. An old world setting was set up by an old thief couple. In this new digital age, to earn quick money, unfortunately, some people get stuck. This is the right time to come up with a film like this.”
Like any common man, Tripathi said that he too was duped about car insurance many years ago when a man claiming himself to be an agent, took money from him. He said that after a few months the actor came to know that it was a fraud.
“When I contacted the company to check the policy, they denied having it. After that I made sure to pay check only. It was a small amount of Rs 2,000 to Rs 5,000 but this incident made me aware. given,” he said.
Directed by Varun V Sharma, the film will release in cinemas across the world on November 19.
Pankaj Tripathi will next be seen in Kabir Khan’s much-awaited cricket drama 83. He is also working in films like Bachchan Pandey, Oh My God! Will reprise his role of lawyer Madhav Mishra in 2 more Hotstar web series criminal justice,