Pankaj Tripathi: People tell me they love my work, then ask my name

Gangs of Wasseypur actor Pankaj Tripathi, who is working with superstar Rajinikanth in a film, says people don’t recognise him and have to google to see who he is, but he’s not bothered about that.

bollywood Updated: Jul 14, 2017 17:45 IST
Rishabh Suri
Rishabh Suri
Hindustan Times
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Pankaj Tripathi says that the very fact that people make an effort to search and know more about him is a testament that he does his job as an actor well.

Actor Pankaj Tripathi has been a part of popular films such as Agneepath (2012), Gangs of Wasseypur I and II (2012) and Fukrey (2013). Despite being a known face and a critically acclaimed actor, more often than not, people tend to ask him his name but that doesn’t bother him.

Pankaj explains, “I have been in the industry for many years now, but people still come up to me and say ‘Sir, you’re such a good actor, we loved watching you in that movie. What’s your name?’ While any other actor might get offended, I don’t mind this at all.”

The actor believes in letting his work do the talking. “Naam mein kya hai? People can forget your name, but if you excel at what you do, at least someone will remember you,” he says, adding that people have to Google to see who he is. However, Pankaj feels that there’s a positive side to this as well. “The very fact that people make an effort to search and know more about me is a testament that I am doing my job well,” he says.

Pankaj is now gearing up to act alongside actor Rajinikanth in the upcoming multilingual film titled Kaala Karikalan, where he will play the role of a policeman. All praises for the 66-year-old Rajinikanth, Pankaj says, “He is a legend for me. His real-life is a far cry from the larger-than-life roles he plays on screen. Extremely humble, he believes in simplicity. The only reason I took up this role was to see this great man from close quarters.”

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First Published: Jul 14, 2017 17:44 IST