In Kaagaz, Pankaj Tripathi plays Lal Bihari Mritak, who fought for his life for 19 years after being declared dead by interests keen to take over his assets. Actor-filmmaker Satish Kaushik also makes his directorial comeback with the ZEE5 film, which is backed by Salman Khan.
For Tripathi, Kaagaz will fulfil one particular desire of his fans. “Many people thought I deserved to play the lead role in a film. That desire will get fulfilled with Kaagaz,” Tripathi said in an exclusive chat with indianexpress.com.
Tripathi also shared reasons as to why he related with Lal Bihari’s struggle. “I too had a journey of 17-18 years in Mumbai before I could prove myself as an actor. So his and my fight for identity is similar.”
The actor said that having the same roots ensured he felt a connection with Lal Bihari. “I belong to the same region in terms of culture and language. I hail from a place that’s 100 kilometers away from Azamgarh (Lal Bihari’s place). So his world wasn’t new to me,” he said.
Did Pankaj Tripathi feel more responsibility as a protagonist? “Be it a small or a big role, there is always a responsibility towards doing your job with honesty and to the best of your caliber. Over here, the responsibility didn’t increase as such, but I did know that all eyes will be on my performance. So I had to work harder. An artiste does become more aware in such a scenario,” Tripathi concluded.