Actor Pankaj Tripathi remembers the telephone calls from his mates after they noticed “Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl”. As fathers to daughters, they have been moved by the bond he shared with Janhvi Kapoor‘s Gunjan in the film.
Tripathi, a versatile performer who has performed characters of all shades, cherished playing Anup Saxena, a man who does not consider that aspirations needs to be gendered.
“It’s a very important role in my career because the way I am or want to be as a father, the film represents that. ‘Mujhe gunda, mawali bana dete hai’ (I often get villainous roles). But playing Anup Saxena was close to what I am in real life with my daughter or aspire to be.I want the world to have more such fathers,” he informed PTI in a Zoom interview.
“I remember when people who know me watched the film, they called me and told me, ‘Yaar, after seeing your film, I went home and hugged my daughter’.
This solves my purpose,” Tripathi added.
The 43-year-old actor perhaps extra well-known for his detrimental turns in motion pictures comparable to “Gangs of Wasseypur”, “Gurgaon” and internet collection like “Mirzapur”, however he has additionally mastered the artwork of playing progressively uncomplicated males like Indian Railways worker Sadhya ji in “Masaan”, a math instructor in “Nil Battey Sannata”, and a doting father in “Bareilly Ki Barfi” and now in “Gunjan Saxena”.
Tripathi believes movies can assist make folks aware of a good concept.
“I know that films don’t change people but films can put a thought in one’s mind and if you have that thought then maybe you will change a little. It is important to have that thought.I hope I have managed that in the film,” he added.
His co-star Janhvi shared that her father, producer Boney Kapoor, messaged Tripathi after watching the movie.
“Boney ji sent me a message late in the night.He was very emotional after watching the film. He wrote, ‘You are a better father to Janhvi than me’. It touched me,” Tripathi stated recalling the dialog between the true and reel fathers.
His dynamic with Janhvi’s Gunjan in the upcoming film runs parallel to her aspiration to turn out to be a pilot, a dream that her father fuels regardless of opposition from his spouse and son, who consider it to be job unfit for ladies.
The movie is predicated on the lifetime of Gunjan Saxena, then a flying officer, who turned the primary lady fight aviator to fly into a conflict zone throughout the 1999 Kargil War.
Tripathi credit Janhvi, 23, for placing in the exhausting work to turn out to be aware of him and his household.
“She would call me ‘Sir, where are you? When do you finish shooting? Should I come?’ I would say, ‘Haan, aa jao. Poochhna kya?’ (Sure, why the formality?) She would be there eating with my family by the time I reached home.
She spent five-six days and lived like a family member with my wife and daughter,” the actor stated.
Tripathi stated as skilled actors they may have immediately met on the set in Lucknow however with Janhvi going an additional mile to know him earlier than the shoot modified their equation, making their scenes really feel extra pure.
Janhvi stated she was simply comfortable to be taught from Tripathi.
“Gunjan ji looks up to her father and idolises him, this is how I idolise Pankaj ji.
Even on the sets, I would watch him perform and seek his guidance.
Basically, we had a similar relationship off camera,” she added.
Tripathi stated he had turn out to be hooked up to Janhvi whereas working on the movie, and in the event that they do a movie in future, he can have to reboot fully.
The actor stated he trusted director Sharan Sharma a lot whereas working on the movie, together with in a essential scene, the one one in your complete movie when father and daughter have a battle.
“I trusted Sharan a lot.
I am a director’s actor.
I tell every director ‘If something is not working, you have to tell me.
Don’t think that I will mind it.
I will change if you don’t like something in my performance’.
I am glad the scene has been liked so much.
I did not prepare for it.
We did a rough take and then completed the shot,” he added.
Also starring Ayesha Raza Mishra, Vineet Kumar Singh, Manav Vij and Angad Bedi, “Gunjan Saxena” will begin streaming on Netflix from August 12.