“I Already Was My Character”

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Pankaj Tripathi, who has always wowed us with his versatility as an actor talks to Komal Sharma about his character in the recently released Anaarkali Of Aarha and his long list of future projects

On Bagging Anaarkali Of Aarah

The director of this film, Avinash Das, is a close friend of mine. He told me he was making a film and asked me if I would like to be a part of it. I had already read the script two years ago and I really liked it. Besides, Sanjay Mishra, who plays a major role in this film, suggested that I do the film.

Brief From The Director

I had already read the script and was the only one in the team who knew everything about the subject because I had worked with those people in that environment for 10 years. All those small troupes of dancers and singers in UP and Bihar… I know them, I know how they work and how they talk. So I didn’t have to act or pretend in this film, I am performing naturally.

Character Details

My character is called ‘Rangeela’, who heads a small dance group. He can dance and sing. He is the manager and leads the group. He is the only Karta Dharta of the group. And now he is struggling in life. I didn’t have to work hard to get into my character because I once was a member of groups like this and could relate to the character very easily. I am very happy with my role.

Working With The Director

Avinash was directing a film for the first time, and is also the script writer of the film. So he was very clear about what he wanted from the actors. There is usually much more clarity when the writer and the director is one of the same person. Also, he trusted that we would do our best, just as we trusted him.

Working with A Co-Actor

I had already worked with Swara (Swara Bhaskar) and Sanjay (Sanjay Mishra). We had a very friendly environment on the sets and everybody knew each other. It was not like a commercial film, where everyone sits in their respective vanity vans. In fact, small films don’t have many facilities, barely one vanity van for the actors to change their clothes or a small rented room to stay in. We were in an organic environment, sitting together, laughing, eating and sharing all our ideas with each other regarding the performances. This is the amazing thing about small films and I love working in this kind of environment.

Future Projects

I am doing very interesting films like Munna Michael, then a film by Dharma Productions, and Bareilly Ki Barfi, which is a very beautiful film. Then, there’s Newton this year and I am also doing a film called Gurgaon. Fukrey Returns is also on the list.

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