Popular actor Pankaj Tripathi is growing in popularity due to streaming. He said he uses it to portray fun roles in social media.
In a master class on the craft of cinema – feature development, he fixed a packed house. Moderated by Gaurav Gandhi, VP, Prime Video, India, the session was held on the sidelines of the 83rd International Film Festival of India (IFFI).
After years of struggle, the actor is currently enjoying unprecedented success with his multi-channel shows like “Mirzapur” (Amazon Prime Video), “Sacred Games” (Netflix) and “Criminal Justice India” (Disney+ Hotstar) and series. “Fukry” and “Street”.
Trained at India’s National School of Drama, Tripathi said he considered careers in agriculture, medicine and politics before committing himself to cinema. Answering an audience question about how regular training helps in landing a role, Tripathi said, “It helps with your performance after the cast.”
From theater to film, Tripathi moved to Mumbai and started acting in 2004, making a breakthrough in Anurag Kashyap’s Gangs of Wasseypur (Cannes Film Festival Director’s Fortnight, 2012). Since then, he has appeared in films like “Maasan” (which debuted at Cannes in 2015), “Newton” (Berlin Festival, 2017) and the cricket biopic “83”, where he played the manager of the Indian team.
The 46-year-old said, “I feel I have to be more careful about choosing scripts with popularity. Now I’m looking for roles and projects that are fun but have some social message or subtext.
OTT comparison [streaming] Space for Film Roles According to him, “OTT allows space for writing and character development. Playing grayscale is more challenging than playing black or white, and this is made more possible by web series with subplots.
Tripathi, who is known for his simple demeanor and improvisations, points out that while it takes some time to prepare for a character, an actor prepares his entire life. “Acting may seem natural, but it’s not. Internal and external training is needed,” he said.
His final advice to the actors in the audience: “Believe in understatement, overwork and an economy of signs.