If you sincerely do your work on-screen, then you don't need to be spotted at airports or Page 3 parties: Mirzapur's Kaleen Bhaiya aka Pankaj Tripathi


One of Amazon Prime Video’s most applauded and anticipated shows, Mirzapur 2 is all set to entertain the audience after a gap of two years. Ever since the second season of the show was announced, fans have been excited for it. The show, that stars Pankaj Tripathi, Divyendu Sharma, Rasika Dugal, Shweta Tripathi and Ali Fazal, will release tomorrow.

In an exclusive conversation with PeepingMoon, Pankaj, who plays the famous role of Kaleen Bhaiya, opened up about what keeps him away from page 3 parties and the paparazzi culture in Bollywood. Talking about the same, he told, "To make a place in people's hearts, you don't have to necessarily be in newspapers. To reach people's hearts, you have to sincerely work for your on-screen performance. If you are spotted on-screen, then you don't need to be spotted at airports or Page 3 parties. I sincerely want to be spotted on-screen, that's my work."

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When asked why he stays away from the limelight, he said, "Because according to me, those things don't matter. I feel those are the elements that will mess with your head. I like to read books and do my own work. Like, I live in Madh so I travel by jetty. If any other actor was in my place, he would have put it on Instagram showing people that he is using public transport but I don't believe that."

Pankaj stresses that he is 45, and at this age, success neither excites or frighten him. He doesn't have any ambition to be the poster boy of Bollywood, but rather be remembered for the roles he play. 

Created by Karan Anshuman and Puneet Krishna, Mirzapur has been bankrolled by Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar. The web series revolves around the corruption, crime, governance failure, rule of mafia dons and gang wars in the titular eastern UP town. Its new season takes the story forward as the fight to become the king of Mirzapur continues between Guddu Pandit and Munna Bhaiya.