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Pankaj Tripathi On Look-Based Stereotypes In Bollywood: Mukesh Ambani Would Never Be Cast As A Rich Man

Pankaj Tripathi is awaiting the release of ‘Main Atal Hoon’, former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee's biopic.

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From ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ to ‘Sacred Games 2’ and ‘Mimi’, Pankaj Tripathi has come a long way to prove that is a dependable actor and his acting prowess is unmatched. The actor is currently busy promoting his upcoming film ‘Main Atal Hoon’, which is the biopic of former Prime Minister, poet, writer, and Bharat Ratna awardee Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

Now during one of his promotional interviews with ANI, the actor talked about stereotyping in Bollywood, based on looks. Tripathi gave the example of Reliance Industries Limited Chairman and Managing Director Mukesh Ambani, and said, "If Mukesh Ambani was not a businessman and he went for an audition, he would never be cast as a rich man since he doesn’t look like that.”

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The National Award-winning actor further added, "Cinema has created a stereotype that a doctor looks like this and an engineer looks like this. During an audition, even if a junior artist is required, it is plainly stated: affluent look, elegant appearance. In movies, we see doctors like Katrina Kaif, but how many times have we seen them at AIIMS?".

However, Pankaj was quick to note that the situation has changed in the last few years, but it wasn’t the case for films in the past. He said, "Hero dheere se muskurate hai par villain zor se haste hai aesa humne movies mein dekha hai par hakikat mein khul ke hasne vaala dil ka acha hota hai (The hero laughs softly, but the villain chuckles aloud. We’ve seen this in movies, but in fact, the person who laughs openly is compassionate).”

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As for ‘Main Atal Hoon’, the film is directed by the National Award-winning director Ravi Jadhav, and presented by Bhanushali Studios Limited and Legend Studios. Produced by Vinod Bhanushali, Sandeep Singh, and Kamlesh Bhanushali, the film is set to release in cinemas on January 19.

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