Pankaj Tripathi bags first lead role

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Already a critically acclaimed actor with a National Award under his belt, Pankaj Tripathi is about to venture into playing his first lead role, in a film titled ‘Kaagaz’.

Having debuted in 2004, Tripathi recently spoke to the media about how things have changed since he first started. “When I joined the movies, I had never imagined that any of these wonderful things were possible for me. I came to the movies with modest expectations, looking for good work. ,” Mid-Day reports the actor stating.

He went on to add, “The very fact that the audience welcomed me with so much love is humbling. ‘Kaagaz’ is my first solo hero project, and there’s nothing more fulfilling for an actor than the after-feeling of being part of such a strong story. About 10 years ago, the idea of a Bollywood hero was different. Today, we honour the story and its requirement.”

To be produced by Salman Khan, ‘Kaagaz’ will tell the true story of a farmer who had been pronounced dead on paper.

Now having a substantial list of great films in his filmography, Tripathi understands he now has the choice to choose the projects he takes in. Touching on this, the actor expresses, “With such great work comes the responsibility of living up to people’s expectations. I am elated that people are showering me with such love and thus, I try extra hard to ensure that I don’t compromise on the quality. I still choose my films with care, go for characters that I feel attuned with. I am happy about the kind of movies I am in this year. Each of the films has given me gratification and joy. I hope to continue to look for solid work. The good thing about success is that it inspires you to work harder.”

As well as ‘Kaagaz’, Tripathi has a jam-packed schedule, with Gunjan Saxena’s upcoming biopic ‘The Kargil Girl’, ‘Mimi’ also starring Kriti Sanon, ‘Ludo’ helmed by Anurag Basu and his first international venture which will also star Chris Hemsworth.

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