Pankaj Tripathi: Rajinikanth would make sure I had my food on time
Newton actor Pankaj Tripathi cannot help but be in awe of Rajinikanth, who stays humble and grounded despite being worshipped by millions.bollywood Updated: Oct 06, 2017 17:12 IST
Pankaj Tripathi is starring alongside superstar Rajinikanth in the 2018 Tamil film Kaala. And the actor admits that the reason he signed the film was the opportunity to work with Rajinikanth. The actor says that after having worked with him, he now realises what qualities have made him a legend.
“Not everyone can handle success, but look at Rajinikanth. His films release all over India, his fans worship him and what not. But when I first met him I felt like he is one of us. I am in awe of Rajinikanth. He is a great star, yet so easy-going and grounded. I have never seen his films, but I had seen promos and songs of many of his movies and have heard so much about him that I was looking for an opportunity to work with him, as that’s the only way to know him as a person,” says Pankaj, whose last film Newton is India’s official entry to Oscars 2018. And the actor shares that Rajinikanth had seen the trailer and liked it.
Pankaj can’t stop praising Rajini’s humility in spite of his larger-than-life stature. “He is caring as a person, who would make sure that I had my food on time and that I was getting enough rest. I had heard stories about his Himalayan retreats and wanted to know more about it. So, when I asked him [about them], he explained that those are his spiritual trips. For any creative person, along with learning, unlearning is also important,” says the actor, adding that he will cherish his time spent with Rajinikanth, all his life.
Meanwhile, after appearing in two successful films, Bareilly Ki Barfi and Newton, on the trot, Pankaj is happy that he is being able to impress the audience with his kind of work. “I just don’t play a character for the heck of it. Rather, I always look for a human element in every character that I play. It feels good when your effort reaches the audience and they appreciate your performance,” smiles Pankaj, who will be seen next in Fukrey Returns and a Punjabi film.
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