New Delhi: Pankaj Tripathi, who has played significant roles in critically acclaimed films like Gangs of Wasseypur, Omkara and Nil Battey Sannata, has been roped in for the next Rajinikanth film. Pankaj Tripathi has been cast as a cop in Kaala in which, the South superstar features as a gangster. "It's a big thing for me to be part of Rajini sir's film. I consider Rajinikanth as the most ideal person in the cinema industry because despite his super stardom, he stays real and humble. I relate to him very much," Mr Tripathi told news agency IANS. "As an actor, you may need to adapt to make-up or a certain get-up, but in life, one should always remain simple. It's a thing to learn for our generation of actors," the Dilwale actor added.
- 'Will get to act with a person who I consider an idol,' he said
- 'It's a big thing for me to be part of Rajini sir's film,' he added
- 'I relate to him very much,' said Mr Tripathi
Pankaj Tripathi is excited about working with Rajinikanth, who he hails as his icon. Talking about his character, he told IANS: "I play a policeman with shades of grey. Sometimes the audience will feel that he's a villain, but sometimes they might find him genuine. The biggest thing is I will get to act with a person who I consider an idol."
Mr Tripathi also revealed that of his resume, Gangs of Wasseypur and Nil Battey Sannata, are the two films which helped him get selected for Kaala. Talking about his first meeting with the film's team, Mr Tripathi said: "I wondered who wanted to cast me. So, the assistant director who had come to narrate the script, said Pa. Ranjith, the director. I asked her which of my works had he seen? She said Gangs of Wasseypur and Nil Battey Sannata. I was convinced then that he had seen my work and must have given a thought to cast me in his film," IANS quoted the actor as saying.
Rajinikanth's Kaala also stars Huma Qureshi, Nana Patekar, Anjali Patil and Samuthirakani. Directed by Pa.Ranjith, the film is currently being shot in Mumbai. The film marks Rajinikanth and the director's second collaboration after 2016's Kabali.
(With IANS inputs)