Pankaj Tripathi on Artists Being Sensitive to Emotions

On how artists are empathetic towards people's crises, heartbreaks, weaknesses, and strengths

Pankaj Tripathi on Artists Being Sensitive to Emotions
Pankaj Tripathi says that actors are able to gauge the human psyche better because their job trains them to study "human behavior". Wikimedia Commons

Actor Pankaj Tripathi, who is known for bringing realism into his roles, says an artist is meant to understand the character’s world view, social status, and impact on his emotional status.

“As an actor, immersing yourself into a character is not just about delivering a few lines perfectly in front of the camera. An artist is meant to understand the character’s world view, their social status, demographic and impact on his emotional status, his inner complexes that stem from it, his vulnerabilities, and so on,” he said.

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“An artiste’s profession is such that by virtue of their work, there’s legroom for them to think beyond their own selves. Often an actor is so immersed in his character, it affects him to the point where he becomes one with the pains and joys of the character,” he said.

Pankaj Tripathi on Artists Being Sensitive to Emotions
As an actor, immersing yourself into a character is not just about delivering a few lines perfectly in front of the camera. An artist is meant to understand the character’s world view, their social status, demographic, and impact on his emotional status. IANS

He added that such experiences enrich an actor to be a “better person because then you are able to condition yourselves to look beyond your own interest. It creates kindness and empathy in artistes”.

“Artistes are thus more sensitive to emotions, struggles, complexes,” he pointed out.

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He says that actors are able to gauge the human psyche better because their job trains them to study “human behavior”.

“It’s my belief that playing diverse parts and being an artist creates a better human being. You stand for something beyond yourself and are able to be empathetic towards people’s crises, heartbreaks, weaknesses, and strengths,” he added.
(IANS)