Pankaj Tripathi continued to interact with the audience even when the theaters were closed during the Corona period. Several projects including his films 'Gunjan Saxena - The Kargil Girl', 'Ludo', 'Kaagaz' and web series 'Mirzapur 2' were released on OTT. Now he will be seen in the film 'Mimi' opposite Kriti Sanon. It will release on July 30 on Jio Cinema and Netflix. 'Mimi' is based on the issue of surrogacy. Excerpts from Smita Srivastava's conversation with Pankaj about the past one year's experience, 'Mimi' and upcoming projects...
How much have the events of the last year changed you as a human being?
Life has come to a standstill. How fleeting is life? In that, we keep anger, anger towards each other, and bitterness towards each other. This time made him more generous and wise. made more sensitive.
How does your image in the web series look very different from the characters you appear in cinema?
It's a mere coincidence. I want different characters so that my interest remains in the performance. Yes, in films, be it 'Gunjan Saxena - The Kargil Girl' or 'Mimi', I am getting a variety of characters. Grey, dark, or light-hearted characters are available. it is pleasant.
What issues is this film raising about surrogacy?
It is an entertaining film. While entertaining, it gently delivers the message in your ear. Very important things are said without shouting. Without giving discourses, speeches in the film, we are saying an important thing.
Message-oriented films are becoming more...
Cinema is a very big medium, we should not end it just for entertainment. It should also have a message with it, even if it is all in the form of text. Well, there is a message in every story.
What was special about 'Mimi' that approved this film?
Dinesh Vijan, the producer of this film is close to me. We did 'Luka Chuppi' and 'Stree' together. In the beginning, I was in a dilemma hearing the story. He said that you rest assured. If I trust him then I am sure. Enjoyed shooting.
It is said in the industry that friendship does not last long. After a project ends...
No. It's not like that. Friendship has nothing to do with the project. Well, I don't have any friends. I enjoy interacting with like-minded people.
How was the experience of shooting in Rajasthan?
I've been there before. We were in Shekhawati. Went there Jhunjhunu, Churu, Mandawa. Shekhawati is very beautiful. The architecture there is very beautiful. I used to walk every day after shooting. Mandwa is a heritage town. We were staying there. Our hotel was also a hundred-year-old building. The food was also very tasty. During the shooting, the people there also used to come to meet.
How comfortable were you doing the slap scene in the film's trailer?
The situation in the film is such that any girl will slap. There is more to that scene than just slapping. The film has a beautiful punch. There are some emotional scenes. He had to be saved from melodrama. Had to be real too. I have been stung that I play a lot under. I wanted to make the boundary a little bigger in this, but it should not look melodramatic either. I have raised my voice in this. Let's see how much the audience likes him.
'Mimi' is your third film with Kriti Sanon after 'Bareilly Ki Barfi', 'Luka Chuppi'...
We have very good bonding. We understand each other at the level of performance. In this, my relationship with him is unique. It has a different purity (purity).
The character is unfamiliar with surrogacy in the film. Has the film been left behind?
(being serious) No. The townspeople are well aware of him. If you go to the interiors of India, people don't know about it. Our story is set in a small town in Shekhawati.
How difficult is it for you to do emotional scenes?
Doing emotional scenes is tough. I can't repair it. I keep it organic. Whatever comes at that time will be natural. How will you prepare for the emotional scene? All the emotional moments that come in our life are unexpected. In cinema, we have to recreate. I do not rehearse for him. At the time of the scene, I try to get into it so that my impulse might work.
How was your experience working with Akshay Kumar in 'Bachchan Pandey'?
Brilliant. For the first time, I met him face to face in this film itself. He was warmly met. His sense of humor is very strong. Enjoyed his company.