Pankaj Tripathi has carved a niche for himself in Bollywood with his impeccable acting skills. After being in showbiz for eighteen years he will soon be bursting on screens in his first leading role in Satish Kaushik’s directorial Kaagaz which is based on a true story.
In an exclusive video interview with PeepingMoon.com, Pankaj spoke about his omnipresence on all the four leading OTT platforms-Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, Disney+Hotstar and Zee5 and his belief that Kaagaz is not his first leading role as all his work till date were main leads. It was the makers who showcased his characters for a shorter time and only here he has got 2.5 hrs screen time.
Talking about lording over the streaming platforms, Pankaj said, “Hamare desh main 4 leading OTT platform hai. Main eklauta actor hoon jo un 4 par hu. Toh keh sakte hain main chaoron taraf hu (We have 4 leading platforms in India. I am the only actor who is present on all four of them. So we can say I am omnipresent).”
When asked about his forthcoming film Kaagaz, he said, “Main nahi manta ki Kaagaz mera lead role hai. Meri har kahani main mera lead role raha hai, main har role ko lead role manta hoon (I don’t think Kaagaz is my lead role. I have taken every role of mine as a leading role).” He also spoke about how today’s youth is battling an identity crisis. He said, “Like Kaagaz, aaj ka 'Social Media' youth bhi identity crisis se guzar raha hai.”
(Transcribed By: Vandana Srivastawa)