Pankaj Tripathi is an Indian actor who appears predominantly in Hindi films. Tripathi’s breakthrough came in 2012 for his antagonistic role in the Gangs of Wasseypur film series. The actor will be seen in the upcoming films like 83, Kaagaz, Shakeela and Bachchan Pandey.
The film Shakeela is a biopic based on the life of south Indian actor Shakeela who garnered fame in the Malayalam cinema industry in the 90s. The film will be released in five languages: Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam and is scheduled to release on December 25 in theatres.
Pankaj Tripathi will be seen playing a role of South Indian cinema superstar Shakeela for which he had to accessorised himself with flashy gold accessories, bright colours and prints, wardrobe and style of heroes of that decade.
While talking about the role in the film he said, “The fashion of that time was so peculiar, much like any other decade. That’s what we want to embody on screen. I thoroughly enjoyed the process to get into this look, wearing flashy flamboyant clothes — a far off thing from a lot of the other work I have done”.
“The nineties heroes truly were superstars. The era of superstars started fading away after that. These heroes have been heroes not just on screen but off screen, too. Every element of their personality – even their wardrobe – became statements,” Pankaj says.