Pankaj Tripathi and Pratik Gandhi will appear on the Shaandaar Shukravaar episode of Amitabh Bachchan’s Kaun Banega Crorepati 13 tonight. The latest promo shared by the channels sees the actors recalling their struggle time and credited their wives for lending them support and keeping them motivated.
Recalling his struggling days, Pankaj revealed that he came to Mumbai in 2004 but landed his breakthrough role in Gangs of Wasseypur only in 2012, so for eight years he struggled in Bollywood. However, his strife was not very dreary as his wife Mridula Tripathi used to work as a teacher and took care of the expenses and hence he did not have to sleep at Andheri station. Crediting his wife he said, “I came to Mumbai in 2004 and Gangs of Wasseypur happened in 2012. For eight years, no one knew what I was doing. When people ask me now, 'how were your days of struggle', that's when I realise that 'oh, those were my struggling days?' At that time, I didn't know that it was a tough period. I didn't realise the hardship because my wife would teach kids, our needs were limited, we lived in a small house and she would earn so I lived easily. Mere sangarsh mein, Andheri station pe sona nahi include hua unki wajah se (I didn't sleep at Andheri station during my days of struggle, thanks to my wife).”
On the other hand, Pratik also recalled his initial struggle and said that he had to sacrifice on his time as he was juggling with a full-time corporate job and theatre. However when he received an offer to play the lead in a film, he was faced with the dilemma of quitting his job and revealed that it was his wife who told him that if ‘he doesn’t take up the offer, he will never be happy’ and hence Pratik took up the role and the rest is history.