Pankaj Kapur On Being Rejected By FTII, His “Big Break” In Bollywood And “Shift To New Medium”

 

Pankaj Kapur On Being Rejected By FTII, His 'Big Break' In Bollywood And 'Shift To New Medium'

Pankaj Kapur photographed in Mumbai.

Highlights

  • “Whereas pursuing engineering, my ardour for theatre grew,” mentioned Pankaj
  • “FTII rejected me – meri shakal pasand nahi aayi,” he added
  • Pankaj Kapur’s web-series JL50 launched on Sony LIV on Friday

New Delhi:

Nationwide Award-winning actor Pankaj Kapur opened up about his journey in Bollywood, from his “huge break” to turning into one of many best actors of the Hindi movie trade, in a publish for People Of Bombay. The 66-year-old actor started his story by recalling how his “ardour for theatre grew” whereas he was learning engineering and went on to disclose that he was rejected by the Movie And Tv Institute Of India (FTII): “Whereas pursuing engineering, my ardour for theatre grew. So, I informed dad I needed to pursue appearing – ‘Do you actually need to be an actor or are you drawn to the glamour?’ he requested. I satisfied him of my ardour and utilized to movie faculties. FTII rejected me – meri shakal pasand nahi aayi! However I obtained into NSD (Nationwide College Of Drama) life as a theatre actor took off.”

After doing theatre for 4 years, Pankaj Kapur obtained his first huge display screen alternative in Richard Attenborough’s Gandhi. “Four years later, the director of my theatre firm mentioned that auditions for Gandhi had been occurring and I bagged it at 26 – I performed Gandhiji’s 2nd secretary and likewise dubbed for Gandhiji’s voice. However due to a misunderstanding, my firm fired me. So, I needed to in some way fend for myself. That is when dad informed me – ‘At all times make your personal resolution and stand by it’, and ‘It is best to work so exhausting that you are the greatest in your career.’ With these phrases, I left for Bombay,” he mentioned.

Speaking about how he obtained his “huge break” within the movie trade, Pankaj Kapur mentioned: “I did not have a godfather or ‘star-like’ qualities. However Om Puri related me to Shyam Benegal (for 1983 movie Arohan)- that was my huge break. However I wasn’t incomes sufficient – I had a household and did not even personal a home. So, once I was supplied Karamchand, I took it up and shortly, grew to become a family identify!” TV collection Karamchand aired on DD Nationwide within the 1980s.

Pankaj Kapur grew to become one of many common faces of the parallel cinema after he featured in movies comparable to Mandi, Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro, Khamosh and Raakh, for which he received his first Nationwide Movie Award. His performances in Ek Physician Ki Maut and Maqbool fetched him his different two Nationwide Movie Awards.

Talking about how parallel cinema modified his life, Pankaj Kapur mentioned: “Within the 80s, parallel cinema gained momentum. So, I obtained again to movies and received Nationwide awards for Maqbool and different movies. It wasn’t one movie that modified my life, however a collection of selections that introduced out the very best in me.”

Pankaj Kapur, whose new web-series JL50 launched on OTT platform Sony LIV on Friday, additionally opened up about “making a shift to a brand new medium” after rejecting numerous web-series: “Lately, numerous web-series had been supplied to me however I stored rejecting them. I used to be hesitant to make a shift to a brand new medium at this age. However lately, I obtained to know that my movie JL50 could be launched as a web-series due to COVID-19. I used to be at crossroads but once more – the whistles of a reside viewers would get replaced by binge watchers. However I’ve fortunately accepted that that is the long run; that there will not be 100 crew members on set however just a few gifted individuals making it occur rapidly.”

“So, 50 movies, three Nationwide Awards, 74 performs and serials later, right here I’m enjoying Professor Das in JL50, who understands time journey. When in actuality, I am not tech savvy in any respect,” he added.

“Whereas pursuing engineering, my ardour for theatre grew. So, I informed dad I needed to pursue acting-‘Do you actually need to be an actor or are you drawn to the glamour?,’ he requested. I satisfied him of my ardour & utilized to movie faculties. FTII rejected me-meri shakal pasand nahi aayi! However I obtained into NSD & life as a theatre actor took off. Four years later, the director of my theatre firm mentioned that auditions for ‘Gandhi’ had been occurring & I bagged it at 26-I performed Gandhiji’s 2nd secretary & additionally dubbed for Gandhiji’s voice. However due to a misunderstanding, my firm fired me. So, I needed to in some way fend for myself. That is when dad informed me-‘At all times make your personal resolution & stand by it’, & ‘It is best to work so exhausting that you are the greatest in your career.’ With these phrases, I left for Bombay. I did not have a godfather or ‘star-like’ qualities. However Om Puri related me to Shyam Benegal-that was my huge break. However I wasn’t incomes enough-I had a household & did not even personal a home. So, once I was supplied Karamchand, I took it up & quickly, grew to become a family identify! Within the 80s, parallel cinema gained momentum. So I obtained again to movies & received Nationwide awards for Maqbool & different movies. It wasn’t one movie that modified my life, however a collection of selections that introduced out the very best in me. Lately, numerous net collection had been supplied to me however I stored rejecting them. I used to be hesitant to make a shift to a brand new medium at this age. However lately, I obtained to know that my movie JL50 could be launched as an online collection due to Covid. I used to be at crossroads but again-the whistles of a reside viewers would get replaced by binge watchers. However I’ve fortunately accepted that that is the long run; that there will not be 100 crew members on set however just a few gifted individuals making it occur rapidly. So, 50 movies, three nationwide awards, 74 performs & serials later, right here I’m enjoying Professor Das in JL50, who understands time journey. When in actuality, I am not tech savvy in any respect. In reality, at the moment, I used headphones for the primary time in my life to do that call-& I am nonetheless battling it!” — @sonylivindia brings you the story of Pankaj Kapur-a veteran whose profession has spanned from TV to movie, to a sci-fi net collection, JL50. Hyperlink in bio!

A publish shared by People of Bombay (@officialhumansofbombay) on Sep 4, 2020 at 5:41am PDT

Pankaj Kapur is best-known for his performances in movies comparable to Mohan Joshi Hazir Ho!, Chameli Ki Shaadi, Important Prem Ki Diwani Hoon, Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola, The Blue Umbrella, Halla Bol, Dharm, Sehar, Important Zinda Hoon and Shaandaar amongst others.

He’ll subsequent be seen in Jersey, which stars his son Shahid Kapoor and Mrunal Thakur in main roles.