Stree actor Pankaj Tripathi is not a byproduct of nepotism. In fact, Tripathi who hails from Bihar kickstarted his acting career way back in 2004. The actor has worked in over 40 movies and 60 television soaps. However, it was only after Anurag Kashyap’s Gangs Of Wasseypur in 2012 that the actor started gaining popularity. In the last few years, the actor has cemented his position in Bollywood by not just impressing the critics, but also by winning the audiences. His act in 2017 film Newton won the actor a National Award special mention. Pankaj Tripathi’s small but impactful roles in movies like Masaan, Bareilly Ki Barfi and Stree have made him a favourite not just amongst moviegoers, but also within the industry.
In a recent interview, we quizzed the actor on how life has changed post success. Staying as modest as always, the Luka Chuppi actor said, “Of course, industry change ho raha hai. Matlab mere paas aaj aisey independent filmo ke 5-6 offer hai. Log mujhey central mein rakhke likh rahe hai. Aur kuch log investment ko leke tayar hai. Paisey lagaenge, tum Pankaj ko lao.” (Of course, the industry is changing. Today, I have 5 to 6 independent film offers. People are willing to write stories with me as the central character. There are some who’ve got investors and are willing to put their money on me, some have asked for me to be cast too.)
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One would expect that every outsider in the industry would have some negative or unpleasant things to say about nepotism. While nobody openly condemns it, there have been actors who’ve talked about the privileges that star kids have over talented strugglers. However, the Super 30 hero, unlike others, has a completely different perspective on nepotism. When the actor was asked if he feels good to have people rooting for him within the industry, he also touched upon the subject of nepotism and said, “Main nepotism ke baare mein sochta tha, sunta tha, toh mein pehle bhi bolta tha, yaar nepotism mein uss aadmi ne bhi ek apni launch bhale kar diya jayega par uss bandhey mein apne andar ek craft honi chahiye, kala honi chahiye. Launching bhale mil jaye.” (I was thinking about nepotism, hearing about it and have also talked about it. Someone can launch their person in a movie, but without talent or craft one cannot survive even after getting a launchpad.)
The actor continued, "Aur mein pichle hafte soch raha tha, toh ek khayal aya iss nepotism ki behes pe. Hum nepotism ka naam dete hai aur ek negative sense mein baat karte hai. So, I think ke somehow yeh Indian culture bhi hai, ke har baap chahata hai ke woh apne bachche ka career theek-thak sey set karle. Ek doctor bhi chahata hai ke mujhey doctori ka loop and hole pata hai, toh mera bachcha bhi medical apna banjayega toh batadunga islo sabkuch batadunga. Kaisa chalana hai apna hospital ya nursing home.” (Last week I was thinking about the nepotism debate. We label nepotism and talk about it in a negative connotation. I think somehow this is a part of Indian culture that every parent wishes that their children’s career is set. Even a doctor feels that because I know the pros and cons of the profession, I can teach my son about the same if he takes up the same route.)
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Pankaj Tripathi also compared the Indian society with the western world and concluded by saying, “Kyunki suna hun, dekha toh nahi hun ke American society ke bachchey 10th ke baad independent ho jaate hai. Maa baap bolte hai jao tum apna karo. Hamare shayad Indian culture mein hai. Bujurg baap bhi aur maa bhi chahtiha ke apna beta career wise apna kaam wise thoda safe hojaye. Toh woh mujhe laga ke somehow woh bhi hai apne Bhartiya sankruti ke chahte hai ke apne bachcho ko behtar hee ho.” (I have heard about it, do not know personally that in the American society the parents as their children to leave home and find their own way after schooling. In the Indian culture, however, an old father and mother will want to take care and know that their kids have a safe career. That’s why I feel it’s a part of the Indian culture.)
Speaking of nepotism, News18's Ranjeev Masand caught up with a few star kids and asked them what they make of the debate. Here's what they had to say.
Well, we bet that Karan Johar would be mighty pleased to know of Pankaj Tripathi’s views on the subject that has been haunting him for almost two years now. After all, the filmmaker was labelled as the flagbearer of nepotism by Kangana Ranaut on his chat show Koffee With Karan.Read More