2018 has proven to be a very busy year for Newton star Pankaj Tripathi. Right from winning a National Award for his performance in Rajkumar Rao’s Newton to delivering a class act in Fukrey Returns and even making his digital space debut with Excel Entertainment’s Mirzapur, Pankaj is clearly on a roll!
With 4 projects released and a few in the pipeline, Pankaj is all set to start work on his upcoming film, the Shakeela Khan biopic. Based on the 80s Malayalam film actress, Shakeela, the film will see Richa Chadha in the titular role and will depict the life of the actress, spanning from her young days to the time she became known as a nation-wide phenomenon as an adult star in the late 90’s. The film in question is being helmed by acclaimed director Indrajit Lankesh.
It was earlier reported that the actor has been roped in for the biopic while the clarity on his role wasn’t out. Now, the actor will be playing the role of a south film actor from the 90s, for which he has been studying his character’s essence rather minutely. While Richa has already begun shooting for the film, Pankaj will join the team sometime around the end of August in a Karnataka-based location.
Speaking about being a part of the film, Pankaj said, “I am delighted to be part of this biopic. It talks about a life of Shakeela that people need to hear and my character is someone who is her friend and also an Actor. It is amazing all the stories, anecdotes and incidents that have happened in her life. Glad I could be part of this film”.
Mr. Tripathi, we too are excited to see you slip into the shoes of a south actor, which we believe you will nail perfectly! And, for the record, we LOVED YOU in all the films you’ve been a part of so far, especially Newton, Fukrey Returns & Bareilly Ki Barfi!
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