In 2018, Pankaj Tripathi was amongst one of the top performers. The actor managed to grab not just positive headlines, he impressed the critics and audiences alike. It was obvious that Pankaj had arrived as the actor was interviewed by the top channels and entertainment journos. His peers and even those who were younger to him couldn’t ignore Tripathi. The actor’s interviews became as widely watched as his movies. A Zen like Pankaj discussed movies, life and more and gained more popularity even amongst his peers. I couldn’t resist the Newton actor’s charm and simplicity either during my interaction with the talented actor.
Last year we saw Salman Khan’s Race 3 fall short, Aamir Khan’s Thugs Of Hindostan too received a lukewarm response from fans and Shah Rukh Khan’s Aanand L Rai film Zero that also had Anushka Sharma and Katrina Kaif in lead roles under performed and how! It was said that the year 2018 marked the downfall of superstars and gave rise to a new type hero, those who had not just backed great stories and scripts, but had outshined the ruling Khans. It would be premature and silly to say that Khans are over because despite their movies failing to kick up a storm at the box office, these films did join the Rs 100 crore club and earned way more than some interesting movies that failed to rake any money. I asked Pankaj Tripathi about the big stars and here’s what he had to say…
“Mujhey toh iska idea hai nahi. but good content toh swabhawik hai ke usko cahlana chahiye. Pehle bhi chalna chahiye tha. Woh kya hota hai na, achchi kahani ho par uske liye market hona, logo tak pohochna bhi jaruri hai. Ab shayad Stree bohot achchey numbers par release hui. Mujhey lagta hai 1500 ke upar screens mein ayi thi. Toh ab achchi kahaniyo ho jyada space hai achchey screen numbers milne lage hai.” (I have no idea about this, but it’s but natural for good content to work. It should have worked earlier also. It is very important for good content to reach out to the people. For example: Stree got a wide release. It released in about 1500 screens. Nowadays good stories have started getting more screens.)
He continued, "Definitely stardom toh hai aur rahegi. Aisa nahi hai. Jo kahaniya nahi chali woh kahaniya achi nahi hongi. Toh hamesha sey abhineta nahi chalte kahaniya chalti hai. Khaniya jo nahi chali woh achchi nahi hogi. Jantane isliye usko aswikar kardiya.” (Definitely stardom is there and it’s going to remain. The movies that lacked good stories failed to perform. And it has always been that the stories have worked and not the actors. The reason the audience rejected these movies are because it is the stories that have failed to work.)
Tripathi also spoke about how he now has movies penned with him in the central role and said, “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.” (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.)