Pankaj Tripathi has revealed that he used to play female parts in his village plays, and even used to perform item numbers. The actor was once sharing his old memories in an appearance on No Filter Neha.
Opening up approximately how he’d play female parts right through his school days, he said, “I used to be in the 10th standard when I played a girl for the first time. The boy who used to play a girl had not returned from town, people were wondering that the play won’t happen that year as that boy wasn’t there. It was once then that I volunteered to take up the part. But our director — Raghav chacha told me to take permission from my father, just in case he got angry later and climbed the stage with a lathi. My father didn’t thing to me playing a girl and allowed me to do as I want to.”
Pankaj revealed that this led to him also performing item songs in between plays, even when they weren’t needed. He added, “People loved my dance and would say, ‘he dances so mannered’.”
He further opened up approximately how an elderly man in the village advised him to go to Mumbai and said, “Whether this boy goes to Mumbai, he’ll oust several top Bollywood actresses.” Pankaj explained that the elderly man was once of the opinion that just like the old times, the female characters in Hindi films were not female but male actors in makeup and women’s clothes.
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“I knew Mumbai was once out of sight for me and I didn’t need to go to Mumbai at that time. I didn’t realize I would transform an actor, it was once just for fun,” he said on the show. Pankaj is now a household name after playing several popular characters in projects such as Sacred Games, Stree, and Mirzapur. He also played memorable roles in films such as Bareilly Ki Barfi, Newton and Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl.
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