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  1. Pankaj Tripathi, after delivering five films in 2021 and six in 2020, is ready to take a much-deserved break
  2. After Shandaar, Shahid Kapoor once again shared the screen with his dad and veteran actor Pankaj Kapur in his latest release Jersey. The father-son duo turned coach and cricketer onscreen for the sports drama that also stars Mrunal Thakur. © Instagram/Shahid Kapoor Shahid and Mrunal recently appeared on The Kapil Sharma Show hosted by comedian and television host Kapil Sharma where they talked about the film. Kapil asked Shahid if he takes feedback from his father on acting after a scene is shot. © Instagram/Kapil Sharma To this Shahid replied, “I ask him. But it is not his nature to comment on others’ acting. I think it is because he is such a superior actor that he finds others’ acting very bad. He must be thinking that he can’t explain so much to the other person, so it’s better to just praise.” © Instagram/Pankaj Kapur Pankaj Kapur is one of the greatest actors who has been working for over four decades in Hindi films, television and theatre. “He is so good as an actor that it doesn’t make sense to ask him. For him, it will always be a bad shot. But sometimes, he says that he liked what I did. And it’s very special for me,” Shahid added. Kapil then goes on to ask if he ever has any feedback to give on his kissing scenes and Shahid’s response was hilarious. He asked, “Tell me one thing. I am doing such a scene and my dad is present there, why will this happen?”. He imitated his dad’s probable reaction if he were on the set where his son Shahid was about to shoot a kissing scene. © Instagram/Shahid Kapoor He said, “Aur beta, aaj kaunsi shooting chal rahi hai? Oho, Mrunal bhi aayi hai (So, son, what are you shooting today? Oh, Mrunal is also here). What are the dialogues of today’s scene?” Adding to this, Kapil said, “Actor toh main bade kamaal ka hoon lekin kismat teri badi kamaal ki hai (I am a great actor but you are the one with great luck).” © Instagram/Shahid Kapoor It sure would be weird for Pankaj Kapur and so would it be for Shahid. View the full article
  3. Pankaj Tripathi is one Bollywood actor who probably has no haters in the world. I mean, when you look at the kind of films and TV shows that he's done over the years and the manner in which he has acted in them, it only takes little time for someone to become his true fan. His calming yet powerful on-screen presence is seen in every different character that he plays, a reason why a lot of his films and shows end up being so relatable to viewers. © Prime Video After doing projects like Stree, Mimi, Gangs Of Wasseypur, Mirzapur, and many others, the actor's latest movie is the Rani Mukherjee, Saif Ali Khan, Siddhant Chaturvedi, and Sharvari Wagh-starrer Bunty Aur Babli 2. The movie is a sequel to the superhit 2005 film Bunty Aur Babli that starred Abhishek Bachchan and Rani Mukherjee. © YRF The sequel, while being similar to the first film, will focus on the story of two con artists from different generations in a battle to prove who's better. However, talking about the movie, Pankaj got reminded of the time when he was conned in Bollywood. As you know, in Bollywood, you need contacts and aids from people who might help you get roles and auditions faster. This is where Bollywood agents come in handy. They charge a certain commission on the money you get from projects but they help you in getting them through their knowledge of the industry and their links to the right people. As an actor, his or her agent sort of becomes a very close person as he or she may actually help in making your career. But what happens when you get betrayed by the same person you put your trust in? Well, that's what happened with Pankaj as he reveals how his agent conned him for some money. © Instagram/Pankaj Tripathi He mentioned that the incident happened a few years ago, after which he decided to only deal in cheques. “When I contacted the company to check on the policy, they denied having it. After this, I made sure to make only cheque payments. It was a small amount of Rs 2,000 to Rs 5,000 but the incident made me aware.” said Pankaj. Now, having gone through that, Pankaj will be putting a stop to conmen everywhere. Well, at least in the upcoming Bunty Aur Babli film, where he plays a cop named Jatayu Singh. © YRF Speaking about his character, Pankaj said, “He is a super-intelligent cop, who thinks he is India’s biggest cop. He hopes to become a great cop or feels that he is in the process to become the greatest cop. He always wanted to become an actor but ended up joining the police force. He is a filmy cop but intelligent. He sets the old Bunty Babli behind the modern Bunty Babli so that they do his work. He feels that a cop should be intelligent and that's why he makes one chase behind the other. The audience will get to see different layers of his in the film." Directed by Varun V Sharma, Bunty Aur Babli 2 will be released in theatres on November 19. View the full article
  4. ‘Agar aap focused aur dedicated hain toh raaste apne aap bante jaate hain, Google ki zaroorat nahi padti navigation ke liye.’ - Pankaj Tripathi If you have been following Pankaj Tripathi’s journey, you would have a fair idea that the above-mentioned statement by him perfectly sums up his journey as he has found success all by himself. Tripathi entered the film industry with Run and Omkara in 2004 and has every time made his presence felt on the big screen. From Sacred Games to Stree, he has proved that he's versatile too. In an interview with Mid-Day, Pankaj Tripathi said that when he started off, things were completely different and he never imagined good things would come to him. He had said, “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. The very fact that the audience welcomed me with so much love is humbling.” Pankaj Tripathi’s characters in his movies are like a breath of fresh air. We decided to revisit his journey and we realized that there are characters played by him that truly deserve spin-offs. 1: Sultan Qureshi in Gangs of Wasseypur It won’t be wrong to say that Anurag Kashyap’s Gangs of Wasseypur changed how Indian cinema was perceived globally. It was raw and the characters were well-written. The powerful performances by the main lead actors only enhanced the credibility of the movie. It was this movie that made us notice Pankaj Tripathi whose character Sultan Qureshi was ruthless. He was the head of the Qureshi clan and it will be interesting to see his journey in a stand-alone movie. 2: Rudra In Stree If you have watched the film Stree, you would agree with us that Pankaj Tripathi’s character Rudra too deserves his own spin-off. Well, he is the only one who knows about the stories connected to Stree. It will be fun to watch his comical take about the entire story in a Bollywood movie led by him. 3: Akhandanand Tripathi In Mirzapur Whenever we think of Mirzapur, we cannot not think of Kaleen Bhaiya. It will be interesting to see a movie that showcases how he got the throne and how he exercises so much power. Pankaj Tripathi added life to the character of Akhandanand Tripathi and we can’t wait to see more of him on the screens. 4: Guruji In Sacred Games Guruji in Sacred Games was one of the most controversial characters played by Pankaj Tripathi. It would be interesting to know his life and how he started this entire cult. 5: Principal Srivastava In Nil Battey Sannata This was the first time we got to witness the comical side of Pankaj Tripathi. In Nil Battey Sannata, Tripathi plays a strict Maths teacher and it will be interesting to see a web series on him running the entire school and how he tackles the functioning of the education system. Do you agree with us? Or do you think we missed a few names? In any case, do let us know in the comments section below. View the full article
  5. Error 404 Diwali ke din bhi yahaan pade rahoge, toh Diwali ke sare prabandh miss ho jayenge! Hum toh kal bhi yahin rahenge. Par Diwali ki subah har din nahin ayegi. Amazon Prime Video wishes you a very Happy #ApnoWaliDiwali. Remind your friends and family to hit pause and celebrate a #ApnoWaliDiwali this year. View the full article
  6. Fitness has become something of a hot topic in recent years, thanks to the constant bombardment of unbelievable physical standards via daily advertisements and Bollywood films. An individual’s personal benchmark has never been higher. That’s a lot of stress we’ve inadvertently signed up for. Heroes like Tiger Shroff, Hrithik Roshan, John Abraham have changed the game when it comes to limits that actors are willing to push in order to look a certain way for their roles. Showing off their highly shredded physiques, it has almost become a subliminal covenant, that actors need to be willing to transform themselves into modern-day Greek Gods. Everybody wants to look like a high-performance athlete, even if the lifestyle isn’t sustainable for them. Sure, it may be highly desirable according to current societal standards, but that seems to be the only reason people are following this trend. Being and feeling healthy seems to have gone out of the window, instead, our obsession with physical aesthetics seems to have taken over. Is it feasible to expect everyone to strut around with six-packs and eight-packs? View this post on Instagram One such Bollywood personality, who goes against the grain when it comes to unrealistic standards of personal fitness is none other than Pankaj Tripathi. The actor enjoys a cult-like status in the industry, and for good reason. As an entertainer who’s known more for his mastery of the craft than his appeal to the audience’s vanity, Pankaj works out to keep himself fit and functioning above everything else. View this post on Instagram “Main bahut conscious hoon fitness ko lekar. And more so in the past two years, for two reasons. First, I have crossed the age of 45, and secondly, I had an injury and there were some complications,” reveals the thespian. Pankaj does “cardio at home”, but he interjects that thought with a caveat, “Par sab fitness ke liye, six ya eight pack abs banana ke liye nahi.” Pankaj Tripathi is one of the most in-demand actors in Bollywood, and the resultant hectic schedules have forced his hand to embrace fitness as a lifestyle, rather than some avenue to show-off. View this post on Instagram The Mimi actor tries to fit in a quick workout wherever he can, Pankaj shares, “I don’t work out every day. I have divided it like three days for yoga and two days for the gym. I walk as much as I can, ranging from 45 minutes to an hour as it depends on the shooting. Kisi dubbing ke beech beech mein kar leta hoon. And now advertisements have also got added to the everything, it is tough managing everything,” The number of conventionally fit actors we see on our screens on a daily basis has shot up exponentially over the past decade. Fitness transformations have become the rage. Aamir Khan and Farhan Akhtar are two such actors who are infamous for their otherworldly body transformations. So far, Pankaj Tripathi hasn’t had to indulge any such requests for the characters he essays. Even for ‘83, an upcoming film where he plays a cricket coach, Pankaj said that he was more focused on doing his characters justice than being pressured to look a certain way, “Aisa kabhi nahin hua, aur na aisa karna padha kisi film mein mujhe. I have not got any such role for which any director said mota hoja ya patla hoja. I play a coach in ’83, I have a different look in it. Body type and weight had nothing to do with that, but it’s only to do with the craft of acting.” View this post on Instagram We’re glad that Pankaj Tripathi is from that rare breed of actors that march to the beat of their own drums. He has his personal definition of fitness and health, and he’s more than comfortable sticking to it. What do you think about the industry’s obsession with six-packs and eight-packs? Do let us know in the comments below. View the full article
  7. In his nearly two-decade-long film career, Pankaj Tripathi has had his own fair share of struggles and has also seen quite a bit of success of late. His journey can be documented into a Bollywood movie as it has all elements of humour, drama, and entertainment. There was a time when he used to make blink-and-miss appearances in films before getting noticed in Anurag Kashyap’s Gangs of Wasseypur in 2012. View this post on Instagram Cut to the present, he is one of the big faces of Bollywood and is ruling OTT. Well, the youth sees him as an inspiration and wants to follow in his footsteps. While randomly scrolling on Twitter, we stumbled across a video of a guy who has perfectly imitated Pankaj Tripathi’s voice and we were left speechless. He has mouthed dialogues of Tripathi’s popular character Kaleen Bhaiya from Mirzapur. Here’s the video of the Twitter user: OMG ! Your #PankajTripathi accent is so sexy please say it again. @TripathiiPankaj pic.twitter.com/5WcC3yL7Vl — Jayvijay Sachan (@JayvijaySachan) September 29, 2021 We wish Pankaj Tripathi soon gets to see this video as he will surely be impressed by the young lad’s act. Coming back to Pankaj Tripathi's journey, he says that kept himself grounded, chose not to see the struggle and had a rather positive perspective towards it. In an interview with TOI, he said, “See, I don’t have a lot of sob stories. When you really want to find a place, you can do so even without Google Maps, no? I always tell men to find themselves a well-settled girl so that their home is taken care of (laughs). My wife took care of the household expenses when I was still looking for work. We were very ordinary people with limited desires, so we didn’t face any problems. Even now, no matter how much I earn today, I have to sleep on a 6X6 bed only, so what’s the point?” View this post on Instagram He was asked if he had ever planned to quit the film industry. He said, “Acting was my last option. I had exhausted all plans; if my plan D, which was acting, had failed too, I’d have to go back to plan A, which was farming--something that I was expected to do, just like my father, if I didn’t want to become a doctor or engineer. ‘B’ was the hotel industry, and ‘C’ would be running some kind of a business.” Tripathi has entertained the audience with numerous projects such as Mirzapur 2, Ludo, Extraction, Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl, Criminal Justice: Behind Closed Doors, and Kaagaz. And we really hope that he keeps giving us praiseworthy performances in the future too. View the full article
  8. Pankaj Tripathi’s journey to fame can easily be made into a Bollywood movie. There’s drama, rejections, and then his journey towards success. He has worked hard to achieve the status he has right now. There was a time when he made blink-and-you-miss-it appearances in films before getting prominently noticed in Anurag Kashyap’s Gangs of Wasseypur in 2012. Cut to the present day, Pankaj Tripathi is a household name now and his honesty is reflected in his performances. Tripathi has continued to entertain the audience with different projects such as Mirzapur 2, Ludo, Extraction, Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl, Criminal Justice: Behind Closed Doors, and Kaagaz. As we earlier mentioned that he has faced rejections, Pankaj, in an interview with TOI, has revealed that he has been replaced in many projects. View this post on Instagram He revealed, “Oh, so many times. You are told you have been finalized till the very end, and one day, you find out you have been replaced. Of course, it hurts, but it is a part of the process. However, every project I have been replaced in has eventually flopped; trust me, I didn’t jinx them (laughs). So, in hindsight, it was for the best! Jo nahi ho sake poorn kaam, unko karta hoon main pranaam (Wishes that remain unfulfilled are probably for the best).” As his journey has been dramatic and he has had a lot of lows, he explained how he kept going despite these low phases of his life and kept himself grounded. He doesn’t choose to see the struggle and rather overlook it with a positive perspective. He said, “See, I don’t have a lot of sob stories. When you really want to find a place, you can do so even without Google Maps, no? I always tell men to find themselves a well-settled girl so that their home is taken care of (laughs). My wife took care of the household expenses when I was still looking for work. We were very ordinary people with limited desires, so we didn’t face any problems. Even now, no matter how much I earn today, I have to sleep on a 6X6 bed only, so what’s the point?” View this post on Instagram He was asked if he had ever planned to quit the film industry. He said, “Acting was my last option. I had exhausted all plans; if my plan D, which was acting, had failed too, I’d have to go back to plan A, which was farming--something that I was expected to do, just like my father, if I didn’t want to become a doctor or engineer. ‘B’ was the hotel industry, and ‘C’ would be running some kind of a business.” Now that he has become a household name, Pankaj had no idea that the future had so much for him in store. He said, “Young actors have started touching my feet now; I feel very awkward. I met army jawans recently, who told me that before going to high altitudes, they download my films to watch when there is no network and that I keep them company on long, arduous nights; I got very emotional. How could I have ever fathomed that a boy from Bihar would become a support system for a soldier posted on a glacier! It’s very humbling; sometimes I feel like this love that people bestow me with, is a debt, and I don’t know how to repay them for it. Perhaps continuing to make them laugh or think through my roles is how I’ll be able to do that.” Well, his recent statements truly make us believe that a 'Plan E' as a motivational speaker won't be that bad for him after all. What do you guys think? View the full article
  9. Few actors have the command and grace over their expressions, the way Pankaj Tripathi does. One of the reasons why he’s cherished by scores of fans is no matter what role he plays, he still manages to add his own unique idiosyncrasies to the character. A gentle bob of the head, a subtle flick of the wrist. That’s all this incredible actor needs to convey his character’s intentions. Pankaj Tripathi is an actor who’s definitely benefited from the OTT boom that we’re going through right now. Mimi, Ludo, Sacred Games, and Mirzapur have all been successes despite being launched on an ‘alternative’ medium. Since streaming platforms have become an ecosystem of their own, they have broken the monopoly of several ‘mainstream’ actors. This allows for a diversity of talent for the Indian audiences. Manoj Bajpayee is another actor who received long overdue appreciation of his talents thanks to his stint as Srikant Tiwari on The Family Man, a series distributed by Amazon’s Prime Video. View this post on Instagram The internet has also overhauled the way we consume content for entertainment. We now have access to global content, breaking the regional dominance that existed previously. Increasing time spent on mobile phones and other screens mean that we’re more attuned to the minor details that may have gone unnoticed previously. There’s no social media platform that isn’t in on the fun. Sometimes these minor details spring memes and trends that end up going viral guaranteeing laughs across several platforms, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Reddit. You name it. View this post on Instagram In an exclusive interview with The Indian Express, Pankaj Tripathi discussed how viral memes have the potential to weirdly influence the scripts he gets, “People making memes are very creative. They observe small things and give it a whole new interpretation. I noticed how I do it (neck movement) in the middle of Mirzapur’s shooting. I got a script for a TVC recently where it was mentioned ‘Tripathi’s signature nod here’ (laughs). I say if you ask for it deliberately, I can’t do it. It’s spontaneous.” Kaleen Bhayya is a man in demand and deservedly so. We’re looking forward to more iconic characters from the incredible Pankaj Tripathi. More iconic roles matlab more fodder for viral memes! View the full article
  10. Relationships can be fickle, especially in an industry as volatile as the Bollywood film industry. With its fast paced life and cut throat competition, it doesn’t afford much space for honest and sincere relationships to bloom. Most budding friendships in the entertainment world get nipped in the bud because of misunderstandings, jealousy and immaturity. Maintaining a public-facing facade becomes the norm as the authenticity of character is usually frowned upon. Manoj Bajpayee has been a part of the Bollywood film industry since his debut with Ram Gopal Varma’s Satya in 1998. Hailing from Bihar, the incredible actor has managed to forge for himself a noteworthy career. And the way things are going, his career seems to be ageing like fine wine. Although his talent had never been in doubt, Aligarh (2016) helped change people’s perception of the actor. With the Family Man series, Manoj Bajpayee finally proved his mettle as a bankable solo star. Fellow Bihari talent, Pankaj Tripathi has come a long way too. Starting with a minor role in Run (2004), it would take another eight years for Pankaj Tripathi to finally have his moment under the sun. Gangs Of Wasseypur’s release in 2012 changed things for him. From an unnoticeable extra to an icon, his stint as Sultan Qureshi in the Anurag Kashyap helmed film made him a household name. His latest film Mimi (2021) has been lauded by critics and audiences alike. So it was only natural for the internet to get elated when these two stalwarts of Indian cinema shared a frame. Their grounded and humble personalities make them all the more endearing for their fans. Pankaj Tripathi and his wife, Mridula Tripathi hosted fellow craftsmen Manoj Bajpayee and Vineeth Kumar for dinner, as revealed via pictures shared by The Family Man actor on Sunday. Not only did Manoj Bajpayee enjoy catching up with old friends, but he also had kind words to say about the food served, “An evening with my old time senior & friend @VineetK00989283 and our dear @TripathiiPankaj at the latter’s (Pankaj’s) place for fish & rice !! What great hosts Pankaj and Mridula are !! फिर जल्दी मिलना होगा मीट भात के लिए!!” An evening with my old time senior &friend @VineetK00989283 and our dear @TripathiiPankaj at the latter’s (Pankaj’s) place for fish & rice !! What great hosts Pankaj and Mridula are !! फिर जल्दी मिलना होगा मीट भात के लिए !! pic.twitter.com/Nfm0qXIgSR — manoj bajpayee (@BajpayeeManoj) September 4, 2021 Joining in on the social display of affection, Pankaj Tripathi shared photos from the evening on his account as well. Many pointed out that the utterly talented actors shared a Bihari connection that made things all the more sweeter, after all they’re also cultural icons for their fans. आज मन भावन हुआ है, जेठ में सावन हुआ है । (हमारे मनोभाव थे आप दोनो अग्रजों को घर पर देख कर। ) @BajpayeeManoj अब अगिला तारीख़ के प्रतीक्षा में बानी भैया। https://t.co/MKcBjoqb8P pic.twitter.com/Dc7PF86e07 — पंकज त्रिपाठी (@TripathiiPankaj) September 4, 2021 It wasn’t too long ago that Pankaj Tripathi himself had been on the other side of the aisle, looking at Manoj Bajpayee in awe. The Masaan actor has been a fan of Bajpayee’s since his struggling days. He’s always viewed him as a senior and a role model. The two friends had shared a heartwarming anecdote about their relationship on The Kapil Sharma Show, back in 2019. ज़िंदगी बहुत सारे उपहार रखती है मनोज भैया @BajpayeeManoj । "एकलव्य की तरह अगर मैं इनके खड़ाऊँ में अपना पैर डाल लूँगा" । https://t.co/Nb6iVuLzkl — पंकज त्रिपाठी (@TripathiiPankaj) September 19, 2019 Pankaj Tripathi recalls the incident with a slight lump in his voice. It was during his days of struggle, back when Pankaj Tripathi worked as a kitchen supervisor. Being a theater aficionado, he was awestruck by Manoj Bajpayee’s sheer presence when the actor visited the hotel where the Mimi actor worked at. So when Manoj Bajpayee ended up forgetting his slippers at the hotel, Pankaj Tripathi kept it for himself as a memento to look up to. It is incredible to see such beautiful camaraderie being shared by two highly talented actors. Goes on to show that despite all the hollow glamour that Bollywood peddles, there are still people with substance that exist. We’re all here for Pankaj Tripathi and Manoj Bajpayee’s beautiful friendship. View the full article
  11. Manoj Bajpayee’s journey in the film industry has been one of the most inspiring stories so far. He has been the role model for many other actors who see him as their mentor. He was the one who paved the way for people who didn’t have any connections or any godfather in the industry. View this post on InstagramActors like Pankaj Tripathi, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, and many others have gone on record to say that they have followed in the footsteps of Manoj Bajpayee, and if it wasn’t for him, they wouldn’t have had that courage to walk all alone. View this post on InstagramThat's why it was kind of surprising to know that Manoj Bajpayee had stated that he is envious of the actors mentioned above. When Spotboye reached out to him, Manoj clarified why he had said so while also stating that he was not jealous of anyone. He said, “I didn’t mean I envied them for their talent. Of course, they are all talented and it is my good fortune that they all respect me so much. I think they are fantastic actors. But I am not jealous of any actor in the world. Because I am happy with what I have, and I want to maximize my potential before I get older.” Further clarifying why he envied the other actors Manoj Bajpayee said, “They have time on their side. Success and a kind of stardom have come early to them whereas I am now in my 50s. I've got some years to go. But I don’t want to overstay my welcome. Before the audience gets bored of me I want to do good work. These are my best years,” said the Satya actor. View this post on Instagram He also went on to add that he will quit when he will start to feel that the audience is getting tired of him and before that happens, he wants to maximize his efforts. He said, “Before the audience gets tired of me and I get tired of facing the camera I want to retire, do the things I couldn’t because of my jam packed schedules, travel to places I haven’t seen, spend time with my family, watch the films that I’ve been lining up for years. Yes, there is life beyond cinema for me. But later.” View this post on InstagramNeedless to say, it's been an incredible feat for Manoj Bajpayee to have successfully survived in this ruthless industry for over 26 years. And we respect him for doing it all alone without any support. View the full article
  12. As Indians, we take pride in our love for Cinema, with Bollywood being one of the biggest film industries in the world, not to forget the multiple successful regional film industries we boast of as well. All in all, it’s been a good time to be a cinema goer if you’ve lived in India. What isn't recent is our proclivity for the theatre experience. The romance of watching your favourite films on the big screen is incomparable to most. Before the pandemic hit us, weekend cinema was a ritual for many in the country. Throngs of families scurried with their little ones into halls, with plush, red, reclining chairs, scattered popcorn and a wondrously massive screen to witness the magic on. Ladakh, often known as the land of high passes, is one of the most spellbinding destinations in this country. As scenic as it may be, it is equally remote and hostile to inhabit. Ladakhis who live there have learnt to live with these harsh climatic conditions. Their realities, however, come at a certain cost. © Reuters However, In some much needed good news, the union territory of Ladakh can now claim to be home to the world’s highest, mobile, cinema halls at a height of 11,562 ft. The moving cinema hall offers digital movie screening on a big screen. It’s also Dolby 5.1 surround sound with DCI (Digital Cinema Initiatives) compliance available. All of this is housed in an inflated enclosure that holds the capacity to house 150 people. However, presently the audience count will be limited to 75 due to COVID-19 protocols. © Reuters The people of Ladakh can finally enjoy the magic of cinema halls, thanks to Picturetime Digiplex. Sushil Chaudhary, Founder and CEO of the company says: “The vision has always been to reach out to the Entertainment dark spots of this country. Ladakh had been missing out on a big cinema screen for quite some time and I always wanted to bring in a multiplex cinema watching experience for the people here. I am so grateful to the Government of Ladakh for having faith in us. We aim to install two fixed cinema screens and one moving cinema screen in Ladakh in the next thirty days, and the citizens of Ladakh shall have access to newly released films as well.” Ladakh has historically been a well frequented location for several Bollywood films such as Lakshya, Dil Se, Tubelight and most popularly 3 Idiots. But it’s taken far too long for the locals to experience the magic of seeing their enchanting home on the silver screen first hand. © Reuters The chief guest and guest of honour for the unveiling on Sunday at NSD Grounds, Ladakh were Thupstan Chewang, President, Ladakh Buddhist Association and actor Pankaj Tripathi. The moving theatre means a lot to local Ladakhis as explained by Thupstan Chewang, President, Ladakh Buddhist Association: “It has always been a very popular destination for film shoots. As you all know, Ladakh is one of the most secluded parts of the country. We are mostly cut off from the rest of the country half the year, so having a source of entertainment in the form of cinema is of great value to all of us.” He added, “After the pandemic it became all the more difficult for people to come out of their homes and even though through the digital medium people had access to entertainment. We hope that through these inflatable moving theatres we get to watch all the good and latest content that is being made.” © Reuters Actor Pankaj Tripathi also had some kind words to share,“What a beautiful initiative. Cinema reaches people in the interiors of this country. For someone like me who belongs to the film world, this comes across as such a unique and different means of film exhibition – ‘A Moving theatre’. Having a concept like this in a gorgeous location such as Leh, is absolutely incredible.” ‘Sekool’, a film by Stenzin Tankong about the Changpa Nomads Of Ladakh was screened at the launch to rapturous applause. This moving theater will undoubtedly introduce magic to the lives of many cinema loving Ladakhis. And we couldn’t be happier. View the full article
  13. Pankaj Tripathi and Kriti Sanon’s Mimi started streaming online before its actual release date to celebrate the leading lady’s birthday. Based on a National Award-winning Marathi film, this Laxman Utekar directorial touches upon the subject of surrogacy gone wrong. The film follows the story of an aspiring actor who’s struggling to raise money for her Bollywood entry as a professional photoshoot would cost a bomb. Pankaj’s character comes as a ‘messiah’ and she gets an opportunity to mint easy money by turning into a surrogate mother. Things go terribly wrong with the film taking us on an interesting journey. View this post on Instagram When the trailer was released, people went on to say that the makers have revealed everything but it seems like after watching the movie, there’s been a drastic change of heart as people are loving every bit of it. People are loving the movie because of these three reasons: 1. Kriti Sanon and Pankaj Tripathi have delivered powerful and impactful performances. 2. They are also appreciating the screenplay and the dialogues of the movie. 3. The fact that the movie is high on emotions and delivers a strong message has also resonated well with the audience. Here are the reactions: © Twitter © Twitter © Twitter Apart from Kriti Sanon and Pankaj Tripathi, the film also features Sai Tamhankar, Supriya Pathak and Manoj Pahwa in lead roles. View this post on Instagram Mimi marks the third collaboration between Sanon and Tripathi, who were previously seen together in Luka Chuppi and Bareilly Ki Barfi. Have you seen the movie already or are you planning to watch it over the weekend? Let us know in the comments below. View the full article
  14. The first time we saw Pankaj Tripathi on-screen was when he made an appearance in a Tata Tea advertisement and asked Indians to 'Jaago Re'. From that very moment, Tripathi has undoubtedly come a long way. For someone who used to be an underdog, his story is quite inspiring. After being a part of Bollywood for a while, his stint in Mirzapur, Sacred Games and movies like Gangs of Wasseypur, Gunjan Saxena and Ludo earned him recognition. No matter what role or character he has essayed, he leaves no stone unturned with his excellent acting skills. © Instagram/Pankaj Tripathi © Instagram/Pankaj Tripathi For the unversed, Pankaj comes from an ordinary middle-class family in Bihar. Recently, he opened up about his days of struggle and mentioned how he used to wander in Andheri, looking for work. However, it took him six years to start with something. He also revealed that he didn't earn enough money, and it was his wife who took care of the expenditure. © Instagram/Pankaj Tripathi Speaking to a Hindi Daily about his journey, Tripathi said, "To be honest, I did not earn anything between 2004 and 2010. She bore the burden of all expenses involved in the upkeep of our household. I used to roam around in Andheri and urge people 'koi acting karwa lo, koi acting karwa lo'. He further added, "But no one listened to me at the time. Now, when I go home, I find movies being offered in my parking lot." © Instagram/Pankaj Tripathi The directors used to ask him in the parking lot where he was as they wanted to do movies with him. They would ask him to sit down for a narration. He said, "Earlier, I struggled but found no jobs even when I searched for them in Andheri, but now there are queues of movies being offered." He also praised his wife, Mridula and said she took care of everything, from house rent to other basic needs. © Instagram/Pankaj Tripathi Pankaj was recently seen in Mimi, starring Kriti Sanon. The movie is a Hindi remake of the Marathi movie Mala Aai Vhhaychy. It was released on Netflix recently and has received rave reviews for its storyline. View the full article
  15. Pankaj Tripathi is one of the best actors Bollywood has. He has the talent of making his fans laugh with his extraordinary comic timing and can equally easily make them shed tears too with his spectacular acting. Now, he has spoken about what he keeps in mind while choosing a script. Recently, in an interview with IANS, Pankaj Tripathi said, “Sometimes I pick stories I like or characters I like, or something in the film that I really want to reach to the people, like a message. Before choosing a project I see if there is gender sensitivity or not and what a filmmaker is trying to say through the film.” View this post on Instagram He further added, “Box office collection is a by-product. I just want to pass on a message through a film. Every story has the purpose of giving out a message. So, I keep that in mind.” Pankaj Tripathi is currently awaiting the release of his upcoming film Mimi which stars Kirti Sanon as well. The film revolves around the story of a girl who wants to become a Bollywood actor and ends up becoming a surrogate mother for a couple. Pankaj Tripathi plays an integral role in Mimi’s journey and her struggles. The film also stars Sai Tamhankar, Supriya Pathak, and Manoj Pahwa, and will release on July 30 on Jio Cinema and Netflix. View this post on Instagram Recently, he also expressed how he had difficulty in shooting emotional scenes for Mimi, he said, “Because I am not used to it. I always try that it doesn't get over-dramatic and there's no melodrama. It should be real. So sometimes, in an attempt to keep it real, you stop yourself. So that was a difficult part. The emotional part was a little tough for me.” Well, we are really looking forward to his next release. What about you? Let us know in the comments section below. View the full article
  16. With movies shifting their releasing platform to OTT, the option to experiment with a diverse range of topics have only increased with time. Producers and directors have the liberty to spend less money and explore fresh concepts and many actors are finally shedding the makeshift perception around the ‘small’ screen. The trailer of Kriti Sanon and Pankaj Tripathi starrer Mimi released earlier today and needless to say, it is a breath of fresh air. The movie is actually an unexpected journey of entertainment like the theme. Even though the topic of surrogacy and embracing motherhood is a sensitive one, the makers seemed to have dealt with it intelligently. A lot of underlying humour is involved in a few scenes which is courtesy good storytelling. Secondly, Pankaj Tripathi is a reason in himself to watch any movie since he has the Midas touch to embrace a role and make it his own. His comic timing and expressions seem to be a big factor for making any movie successful. © Netflix Thirdly, Kriti’s acting nuances look extremely polished and brushed in the trailer. It looks like she will do a fantastic job in carrying the titular role, like she previously did with Bareilly Ki Barfi. © Netflix Last but not the least, the music of the film is courtesy the magic of AR Rahman which needs no explanation basically. The movie is releasing on Netflix on the 30th of this month. View the full article
  17. There should be no doubt about this by now, but Pankaj Tripathi is a gem of an actor. Saying that he is one of the best actors to have ever been a part of Indian cinema wouldn’t be farfetched. The man has found an ardent fan following, thanks to his on-screen charisma, and nuanced performances. No matter what kind of a role he plays, he just smashes it out of the park. The question is, are you an ardent fan of the actor? We think that only true and hardcore fans of Pankaj Tripathi can identify all of these 7 movies, based on his outfit. View the full article
  18. With rising cases of COVID 19 in our country, it seems like we are reliving 2020. Many industry members and actors have been struggling with COVID. Vineet Kumar Singh, who was last seen in Janhvi Kapoor’s Gunjan Saxena, took to Twitter on Friday to share that he, his family, and friends are unwell with COVID-like symptoms in Benaras, Uttar Pradesh. He also shared how they cannot be tested as local labs are crowded with many more cases. Tweeting in Hindi, Vineet shared, “I’m in Benaras. The drug (FabiFlu) is not available in the market. Private labs have been unable to perform the Covid test for five days. What should I give to the sick? Videos of your promises or your huge crowd rally, which you guys are constantly posting? Damn. Selfless blinds you. Wake up, the common man is dying.” मैं बनारस में हूँ बाज़ार में दवा( FabiFlu)नहीं मिल रही है। निजी लैब कोविड टेस्ट करने को पाँच दिन से असमर्थ हैं। बीमार को क्या दूँ?आपके वादे या आपके अपार भीड़ वाली रैली की videos?जो आप लोग लगातार पोस्ट कर रहे हैं? धिक्कार है।स्वार्थ अंधा बना देता है। जागें,आम आदमी दम तोड़ रहा है — Vineet Kumar Singh (@vineetkumar_s) April 16, 2021 When government authorities failed to help him, it was his Gangs of Wasseypur co-star Pankaj Tripathi who came forward to help in need. Today, the actor thanked Tripathi for sending him the medicines which he needed and said, while his character in Gangs of Wasseypur was killed by him, the Mirzapur star was his saviour in real life. "Those who have a doubt, some members of my family, friends are unwell. Even I am unwell. We have received the medicine. Thank you, brother Pankaj Tripathi. My character was shot by Sultan in ''Gangs...'' but he has sent medicines in real life," he added. जिन्हें सन्देह है उन्हें बताना चाहता हूँ, की मेरे परिवार के सदस्य बीमार हैं, कुछ मित्र बीमार हैं,और मैं ख़ुद भी बीमार हूँ। दवा मिल गयी है। मदद करने के लिये धन्यवाद @TripathiiPankaj भाई।मेरे किरदार को सुल्तान ने वासेपुर में गोली मारी थी लेकिन असल जीवन में गोली(दवा) भिजवायी है https://t.co/1r2EeUukPg — Vineet Kumar Singh (@vineetkumar_s) April 16, 2021 Talking about his journey, Vineet had earlier told MensXp, “It took me good 17 to 18 years to finally do something of my own choice and doors opened for me with Mukkabaaz. I came in 1999 and I was just a fresh graduate. When I used to go for asking jobs in Mumbai, people used to explain that I will destroy myself as it's not this easy to become an actor and they used to try and make me understand that I should go back and do something in medicine itself as they used to find my case very unique. I had committed to my father that I will complete my education and that I did and after which, I wanted to do something that I felt connected to. And this lockdown sort of situation when there is no source of income has been with me for years. I have made myself that strong that I can deal with uncertainty. There were days when I used to think 'Will I be able to pay the next month's rent'. So, I have learnt how to tackle the uncertainties. I had to be in the US for a festival where I was nominated for the best actor and I had to meet Robert De Niro which was a one-lifetime opportunity but this virus had its own plans.” Vineet Kumar, who made his feature film debut as a lead actor in Anurag Kashyap’s Mukkabaaz (2018) is awaiting the release of his upcoming film Aadhar. View the full article
  19. Pankaj Tripathi has created a niche for himself in Bollywood and now all of us are his fans. People not just praise him for his acting but also for how he is as a person. He is someone who believes in fighting for women’s rights and you’ll know this if you have heard him speak in his interviews. His recent suggestion on gender equality is something that should be implemented by everyone. In his recent interview with IANS, Pankaj said that boys need to be taught that no gender is superior. View this post on Instagram He said, “Boys need to learn right from the beginning that no gender is superior or inferior. There was a time when I survived solely on my wife's salary and I see absolutely no harm in doing so. My wife and daughter have impacted my life in the best way possible, to see the existence of such a large gender disparity in our country needs immediate attention and change”. He also said, “I feel that parents put all their energies into grooming and teaching their daughters how to behave themselves but when it comes to boys, it's not given the same importance. In today's education, I think the inclusion of feminism is a must for all young boys, too”. View this post on Instagram Recently, he also suggested creating a film-friendly set-up in his village near Patna where he was born. He said that it’ll be great to set up a film set-up which is well connected to the city and people from Bollywood can come and shoot. View this post on Instagram He said, “A film-friendly ‘mohalla’ or colony is possible with a little bit of funding from the government to create a film panchayat at a well-connected village near Patna, at least on a trial basis for now. The area can hence be marked by filmmakers all across the country to shoot any urban setting scenes they need to for their film, with the maximum help in the form of a solid support system provided by the locals there.” What do you think? Let us know in the comments section below! View the full article
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