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FUll Interview With Actor Pankaj Tripathi

New Delhi, Sep 28 : Critically acclaimed actor Pankaj Tripathi is currently in the limelight for his film “Newton”, India’s official entry in the Best Foreign Language Film category for Oscars 2018. However, the National School of Drama alumnus, who has worked in films like “Omkara”, “Gangs of Wasseypur”, “Masaan” and “Bareilly Ki Barfi”, says that in India, actors are not actors but are more like products and brands.

A number of films which have theatre actors in them are relatable and enjoyable; yet they remain critically acclaimed and rarely smash the box office.

What does he think is the reason for this trend?

“Currently our country is going through the trend called ‘image-making’. Sadly, theatre actors don’t have this knack for marketing. Theatre itself doesn’t know how to market itself. Which is a huge reason why the actors associated with the medium cannot solely depend on theatre for their livelihood.

“So, if you take a theatre actor, the acting part is taken care of because we are trained for that, but we cannot sell because we don’t know (how to market ourselves). I have been in the profession for so long; It took me 12 years to reach here; I can act well, but I am not salable. Why? Because in our country actors are not actors, they are products; they are brands,” he said.

Pankaj, who worked with actor Rajkummar Rao in “Bareilly Ki Barfi” before “Newton”, said Indians are mostly star-struck, be it in any field.

“We want a star everywhere, be it in politics, cricket or cinema. It is a star-struck society. Theatre actors are not stars. They keep looking for truth and how they can bring truth to their lives. They concentrate on how their work can be more entertaining and attract more people,” said Pankaj, who essayed the role of principal Srivastava in “Nil Battey Sannata”.

Talking about the art of selling and marketing, Pankaj drew a comparison between his films “Newton” and “Gurgaon”.

“You need support for your film to sell, like ‘Netwon’ has (distributors) Eros International (production company) Drishyam Films. We therefore got a good release. On the other hand, some time back my film ‘Gurgaon’ came. It was an independent film, did not get a good release and not many people came to know about it — though it got some of the best reviews,” said Pankaj, who will next be seen in “Fukrey Returns”, “Munna Michael” and a web series he is not yet ready to talk about.

Pankaj, however, says the market is changing, but slowly.

Hailing digital platforms like Netflix and YouTube, Pankaj believes that easy access to cinema the world over has changed minds or is in the process of bringing about change.

“It is picking up, things are changing, hopefully it will get better. Digital mediums like Netflix and similar apps or websites have turned things around. People have access to world cinema and so they know what is good cinema and good acting,” he said.

Hailing “Newton” as a film which needs the audiences to put on their thinking caps and not consider it a “time-pass”, Pankaj took indirect pot shots at films devoid of content.

“‘Newton’ is a brilliant film. It entertains you and delivers a message too. ‘Par dimag leke aao’ (Don’t leave your brains at home). This is not a time-pass film. In our country, people have a lot of time on their hands for things which do not need time — which is why time-pass films were in excess at one time,” he said.(Interviewed By IANS)


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Upcoming medical colleges in Uttar Pradesh will be named after saints and sages

The new medical colleges being opened in Uttar Pradesh will be named after saints and sages.

The state government has issued an order naming four district hospitals that are being converted into medical colleges.

These district hospitals are in Bijnor, Fatehpur, Chandauli, and Siddharth Nagar.

The Bijnor medical college has been named after Mahatma Vidur, a philosopher during the Mahabharata era and uncle of the Pandavas and Kauravas.

The Chandauli medical college has been named after Baba Keenaram, said to be the founder of the Aghori sect.

The Siddharth Nagar district hospital will be called Madhav Prasad Tripathi Medical College after the BJP politician from the region. Tripathi, popularly known as Madhav Babu, was also the first Uttar Pradesh BJP chief. He was elected MP from Domariyaganj in 1977, besides being two times Jan Sangh MLA and also a member of the UP legislative council.

The Fatehpur hospital has been named Amar Shaheed Jodha Singh Ataiya Thakur Dariyawn Singh Medical College, after the freedom fighter of 1857.

It is said that he was among the first to use Guerrilla warfare against the British, as taught by freedom fighter Tatya Tope.

Meanwhile, according to official sources, the medical college in Deoria will be named after Maharishi Devraha Baba and the medical college of Ghazipur in the name of Maharishi Vishwamitra.

The medical college of Mirzapur will be in the name of Maa Vindhyavasini, the medical college of Pratapgarh in the name of Dr. Sonelal Patel and the medical college of Etah will be named after Veerangana Avantibai Lodhi. (IANS/JB)

Keywords: Medical Colleges, Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath, India, Politics

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Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq has picked India as the favourite to win the ongoing ICC Men's T20 World Cup in Oman and United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Inzamam feels that the Virat Kohli-led India have a greater chance of winning the trophy as the conditions in the Gulf nations are similar to the subcontinent, which makes India the most dangerous side in the event, according to Inzamam.

"In any tournament, it cannot be said for certain that a particular team will win' It's all about how much chance do they have of winning it. In my opinion, India have a greater chance than any other team of winning this tournament, especially in conditions like these. They have experienced T20 players as well," said Inzamam on his YouTube channel.

He said more than the Indian batters, the bowlers have a lot of experience of playing in the conditions. The Indian Premier League (IPL) was played recently in UAE and most of the Indian bowlers did well in that leg.

Inzy heaped praises on the Men in Blue for the confident manner in which they chased the target against Australia on a challenging track without needing Kohli's batting prowess.

"India played their warm-up fixture against Australia rather comfortably. On subcontinent pitches like these, India are the most dangerous T20 side in the world. Even today, if we see the 155 runs they chased down, they did not even need Virat Kohli to do so," he added.

Though he did not pick any favourite, Inzamam termed the India-Pakistan clash in the Super 12 on October 24 as the 'final before the final' and said the team winning it will go into the remaining matches high on morale,

"The match between India and Pakistan in the Super 12s is the final before the final. No match will be hyped as much as this one. Even in the 2017 Champions Trophy, India and Pakistan started and finished the tournament by facing each other, and both the matches felt like finals. The team winning that match will have their morale boosted and will also have 50 percent of pressure released from them," Inzamam added. (IANS/JB)

Keywords: India, Pakistan, Sports, ICC T20 World Cup, UAE.

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