‘I’m get­ting won­der­ful scripts, but there’s no time’

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Baap re baap, ab itne log jaanne lag gaye hain,” ac­tor Pankaj Tri­pathi ex­claims in ac­knowl­edge­ment of the love and praise he has re­ceived for his ver­sa­tile roles across films and web se­ries over the years. He says that he is swarmed with good scripts, but doesn’t have enough time to devote to all. “Two years ago, I used to feel that I have done so many films...who knows me. Now I won­der... Baap re baap, ab itne log jaanne lag gaye hain (so many peo­ple have started recog­nis­ing me). I don’t know what’s hap­pen­ing. I am only do­ing my work with sin­cer­ity. Rest, I don’t know what is hap­pen­ing,” says Pankaj, who is glad that his re­cent web se­ries is “get­ting a lot of love.”

From play­ing Sul­tan Qureshi in Gangs of Wassey­pur (2012) to lead­ing the cast of the film Gur­gaon (2017) and play­ing a piv­otal role in a web se­ries — Pankaj’s growth tra­jec­tory is a shin­ing ex­am­ple of how char­ac­ter artists are com­ing into their own with the chang­ing land­scape of In­dian show­biz. He will soon be seen in films Abhi Toh Party Shuru Hui Hai and Luka Ch­hupi.

“There are so many of­fers, but I am booked till Au­gust. I’m get­ting some won­der­ful scripts in the in­de­pen­dent cinema space, but there’s no time. Ei­ther I am telling the film­mak­ers to wait for me...But no­body will wait for me till next year. Still, I am tak­ing out time in be­tween ev­ery­thing and man­ag­ing what I can,” says the Na­tional Award win­ner, who will also be seen as a flam­boy­ant south In­dian film star in In­dra­jit Lankesh’s Sha­keela and as a farmer in Satish Kaushik’s Kaagaz.

There is a lot that Pankaj adds to his roles, tak­ing it beyond the writ­ten char­ac­ter. “I do some writ­ing in all my roles. There are small things that I im­pro­vise on. I read a lot, and travel a lot, so there is a re­flec­tion of that when I talk,” he ex­plains, adding that while im­pro­vi­sa­tion is an im­por­tant tool for an ac­tor to im­merse him­self in a role, it is not some­thing that all ac­tors can do. If you have ex­pe­ri­ence, if you are widely read and have lived life, then you can do it. Other­wise, for im­pro­vi­sa­tion, your ba­sics need to be strong.

Ac­tor Pankaj Tri­pathi says he is booked till Au­gust next year

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