Bollywood decides artist’s value too quickly: Pankaj Tripathi

Actor Pankaj Tripathi has said that people in the industry decide the value of a person ‘too quickly’. In an interview with Bollywood Hungama, he said that everyone should get equal opportunities, and added that people have misconceptions about the film industry.

Pankaj Tripathi debuted in 2004 with a brief role in ‘Run’ and then in ‘Omkara’ (2006). He has featured in dozens of films and television shows. However, he rose to fame with his supporting role in the film series ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ (2012).

“There are a lot of obstacles, challenges, competition, insecurity but despite that, I’m here working on my terms and conditions and people have accepted me. I’ve respectfully refused films of big production houses that ‘No, this isn’t exciting me’ and the other person has accepted it,” Pankaj told Bollywood Hungama.

He then added, “But yes again several times I would like to change about this industry that you decide the value of the artist too quickly. Don’t decide the value, try to give everyone equal opportunities. But again, be it a business or the industry it is difficult to say that everyone should get equal opportunity. Because it’s a business, how will everyone have the same opportunity?… But yes several times, talents like me need a while to arrive in the film industry. At times, people more talented than me are still in a queue finding their own space.”

Pankaj will be seen next in filmmaker Srijit Mukherji’s upcoming feature ‘Sherdil: The Pilibhit Saga’. It will release theatrically on June 24.

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