For his role as an overdramatic actor-producer of the 1990s in Shakeela, actor Pankaj Tripathi will be seen in over-the-top style, flaunting bell-bottoms and colourful suits and shirts.
In the film, the “Newton” actor will not just be seen rocking the outfits, he will portray a boisterous hero who is overconfident, talented and knows he will get the girl.
When Pankaj went for a costume trial for the movie, he says he was in two minds and questioned himself if he will be able to carry such a colourful dress.
“My character was supposed to behave larger than life like a south Indian commercial hero. I was supposed to dance with the heroine. I was scared on the first day of the shoot.
“Normally I don’t see the monitor after giving the shots, but later when I checked one of the scenes, I was surprised to see how I managed to pull these shots dancing with the heroine in a swimming pool.”
For Pankaj, it was fun playing the part.
“I always wanted to dance, and do some action in a film… The audience will be surprised to see me in the role, just the way I am surprised to see myself in this role.”
Shakeela is a directorial venture by Indrajit Lankesh and stars Richa Chadha in the titular role.