‘Life has taught me a lot’: Pankaj Tripathi explains his choices in films and life

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Pankaj Tripathi plays Bhanu in Mimi. So many stories have been told but there are thousands more waiting to be explored,” Pankaj replied with a smile on his face. No EMI pressure, no career issues and no complexities of any sort. At first, Tripathi joked that when he is paid on time, the work becomes easy. And such as the quality of his work that it would be hard for any one of us to pick just one favourite film or series that features Pankaj Tripathi. In that space, when the filmmaker is trying to put across a poignant statement or message, it creates a lasting impression. In a comedy film, if we can give 10 such laughter moments, we are giving the audience 10 meditative moments. Even Mimi director Laxman Utekar confessed that Bhanu was written keeping Pankaj in mind. The actors have previously shared the screen space in Bareilly Ki Barfi and Luka Chupi. (Photo: Netflix/YouTube)
From Gangs of Wasseypur to Mirzapur, from Run to Mimi, Pankaj Tripathi has sure come a long way. Written material accha mila tha aur sir ne badhiya guide kiya (The script was nice. Laxman Uterkar sir also guided well),” he said. “Abhi bohot saari kahani bachi hai. In comedy, when you watch the film (or series) and laugh out loud, for those 10 seconds, your brain has no other thought but happiness. © IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd


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Pankaj Tripathi In the Laxman Uterkar directorial, Pankaj Tripathi plays the role of Bhanu. Written by A. “I feel when you are saying something through humour or comedy, the impact is larger and successful because it is like meditation. We asked the actor how a comedy film with a message can impact the audience, in response to which, Tripathi stated that watching a comedy film is like meditating. Humara desh bohot bada hai dost. That elevates the message of the film,” he expressed with a disclaimer saying, “this is my logic.”

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He also added, “Your mental calmness increases when you watch a comedy film. ALSO READ |A part of my soul goes into the making of a subtle performance: Pankaj Tripathi
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For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App. He is funny and witty as the man who introduces the idea of surrogacy to the lead protagonist and also becomes her support as things go awry. Mimi is currently streaming on Jio Cinema and Netflix. Recently, indianexpress.com sat down for a conversation with Pankaj Tripathi during which, we tried to explore what goes behind creating a character like Bhanu. But later, Pankaj said the script was a huge boon and even director Laxman Utekar’s guidance helped him. If you can convey a message in a this way then why not?”
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Mimi marks Pankaj Tripathi’s third film with Kriti Sanon. The actor, whose early roles are mostly credited as ‘unnamed character’ now has roles written specifically for him. His film Mimi is a comedy-drama that explores the concept of surrogacy in a lighthearted manner. And for any human, it is difficult to come into such a zone because every one of us is a thinking individual. He said comedy films make an impact on people’s minds effortlessly. When you meditate for a year, you can zero down to only maybe two moments when you could put yourself in the zone of nothing. The dialogues were written keeping Pankaj sir in mind,” the director told us. So, it is all an experience of life. We have multiple thoughts going on in our minds. Watch MIMI trailer here: https://images.indianexpress.com/2020/08/1×1.png

“Thoda bohot toh sochte hi hai ki character ki history kya hogi (I do think of a backstory of a character). The purpose of meditation is to lose oneself in nothingness. To bring ourselves in a state where we have no thoughts. This year, the actor was in seen in Kaagaz, his first film as a lead, and now, he stars in Mimi. So, it all comes from the learnings,” Tripathi said when asked about how he makes his character on the script come alive on screen. “Before even getting started with the script, we were sure Bhanu will be played by Pankaj sir. His presence has become a value add in any project, whether it is a film or web series. Life taught me a lot. I have seen that world. But Pankaj said while hundreds of stories from the heartland have made it to the silver screen, there are more left to be told.