Actor Pankaj Tripathi says he doesn’t like the idea of working in a film or show made in a language he isn’t “comfortable” with.
Tripathi, the versatile star of films such as “Street“, “Gurgaon“, “Ludo“and the web series”Mirzapur“, said he was also not in favor of his voice being dubbed by another actor.
“I don’t like the idea of speaking in a language I’m not comfortable with in a movie or web series. I don’t support having my lines spoken by someone other. My acting and my expressions are complemented by my voice. Otherwise, my role is incomplete,” the 45-year-old told PTI.
When asked if he would ever star in a Bengali film, Tripathi said he understood the Bengali language, but that was not enough.
“Ami alpo alpo Bangla jani, bhaloi bujhi kintu bhalo bolte parina (I know a little Bengali and I understand perfectly but I don’t speak much). It’s not enough to portray a Bengali-speaking character,” he said. -he adds.
However, he would make a Bengali film if cast as a Hindi-speaking character, Tripathi said.
“I look forward to being approached with a script to my liking by one of Bengal’s current crop of talented directors,” he said.
The actor is currently headlining filmmaker Srijit Mukherji’s ‘Sherdil: The Pilibhit Saga’, which is set to hit theaters nationwide on Friday.
The film is inspired by real events in the Pilibhit Tiger Reserve, where people would leave their elderly family members for the tigers to prey on the tigers and then claim compensation from the administration.
When asked if working at “Sherdil” had made him more aware of eco-conservation, Tripathi said he had always had a close connection to mother nature.
“I have been appointed as an NGO green ambassador and have been associated with their green campaign for wild animals in the Pench Tiger Reserve project. I will also be associated with environmental protection projects and wildlife in the future.”
The actor said everyone should “work to make this world, our neighborhood and other places livable.”
Tripathi, from Belsand village in Bihar’s Gopalganj district, said playing protagonist Gangaram in “Sherdil” was not a difficult character to try out on screen.
“I come from a village and I know these people. Srijit first told me about the concept of ‘Sherdil’ in 2019 when I came to Kolkata during Durga Puja. I was hooked on the idea. He then started developing the script for the next two years and I was on board with the project,” he added.
Produced by Bhushan Kumar and Reliance Entertainment, “Sherdil: The Pilibhit Saga” also stars Neeraj Kabi and Sayani Gupta.