Con­tent-driven films give ac­tors am­ple scope, feels Pankaj

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - Hindustan Times (Jaipur) - City - - Front Page - Shreya Mukher­jee

Rid­ing high on the suc­cess of his lat­est films, Bareilly Ki Barfi and New­ton, Pankaj Tri­pathi is happy with the way Hindi film in­dus­try is evolv­ing. Ac­cord­ing to the ac­tor, the fo­cus on con­tent driven films has opened up op­por­tu­ni­ties for ac­tors to per­form, es­pe­cially when they want to ex­per­i­ment with dif­fer­ent char­ac­ters. “Ear­lier ac­tors, like us, were treated as side or stock char­ac­ters. The fa­ther of the hero­ine would come in one of the scenes and say ‘Yeh shaadi nahi ho sakti’ and his role would be lim­ited. But now Bareilly Ki Barfi is in­com­plete with­out the fa­ther, and he has more scope to per­form. That’s what is chang­ing. Oth­er­wise ac­tors, like us, would have con­tin­ued do­ing clichéd roles and get­ting stereo­typed; and feel frus­trated at the end of the day,” he says. Tri­pathi shares how he wit­nessed this change in Bol­ly­wood. “When I be­gan my jour­ney, Bol­ly­wood used to churn out th­ese ac­tor-cen­tric films. But soon, new di­rec­tors, who stressed more on the con­tent, be it Anurag Kashyap or Ash­winy Iyer Ti­wari, started com­ing into promi­nence. Also, I feel the au­di­ence started chang­ing, and wanted some­thing more than the reg­u­lar stuff.” The ac­tor adds, “I have tried my hand at var­i­ous things in life – from [join­ing] pol­i­tics, and sell­ing shoes to even go­ing to jail. I take ref­er­ence from my life to add some­thing new to ev­ery role I por­tray.”

New di­rec­tors, who stress more on con­tent, have started to come into promi­nence. Now, the au­di­ence also seeks va­ri­ety PANKAJ TRI­PATHI, AC­TOR

PHOTO: WASEEM GASHROO/HT

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