Pankaj Tripathi's look in Shakeela biopic. Photograph:( WION Web Team )
Presenting Pankaj Tripathi in an all new avatar.
Pankaj Tripathi is all set to play a 1990s hero in Shakeela biopic. The film that is based on 1990s star Shakeela, who ruled the Telugu film industry for more than a decade. Richa Chadha is going to play Shakeela in the untitled biopic while Pankaj Tripathi plays a prominent role.
The actor for the first time ever will be seen as the overdramatic hero of the 90s, an era where films were massy and heroes were idolized because of their over the top style. In the film the 'Newton' actor who plays an actor/producer will be seen rocking not just the outfits like bell bottomed pants, multicoloured shirts and shoes but will take on the role of being a rambunctious hero who is overconfident, talented and knows he will get the girl.
When asked Pankaj he said, "Its a role of a commercial superstar from the south film industry. When director Indrajit Lankesh narrated me the story, I was asked to visit Bangalore, Karnataka for the costume trial since the unit was from the south. After reaching Bangalore and seeing the costume I was in two minds and questioned myself whether I'll be able to carry such a colourfull dress. My character was supposed to behave larger than life like a south Indian commercial hero."
Tripathi revealed how he was nervous shooting a dance sequence. "I am supposed to dance with the heroine. I was scared on the first day of the shoot. Normally I don't see monitor after giving the shots, later in the evening when I checked one of the scenes I was surprised to see to myself how did I managed to pull these shots dancing with the heroine in swimming pool. It was quite convincing for me and didn't look fake at all. It is an interesting role and it was too fun playing the part and I really enjoyed the process from the second day onwards. I always wanted to dance and do some action in the film, the role of a superstar travelling in huge cars. My character is unpredictable in the film and audience will be surprised to see me in the role the way I am surprised to see myself in this role," the actor added.
Tripathi was last seen in 'Stree' which earned great reviews and was a box office hit.
After seeing Pankaj Tripathi play the meek panditji and nerdy, Rudra, it will be fantastic to watch him transform into a 90s hero.
Shakeela is a directorial venture by Indrajit Lankesh and will release in 2019.