Although Laxman Utekar’s Mimi didn’t receive much acclaim upon its initial release, it gained significant recognition at the 69th National Film Awards, where it secured two prestigious awards – Best Actress for Kriti Sanon and Best Supporting Actor for Pankaj Tripathi.
This also marked Tripathi’s second National Award win, after earning a special mention at the 65th National Film Awards for Amit V Masurkar’s Newton.
However, did you know that Pankaj Tripathi was initially unimpressed by the writing of Mimi? Yes, you heard it right. The actor, initially, did not like the script of Mimi and was planning to skip the project.
In a recent Ask Me Anything (AMA) session on Reddit, Tripathi was asked about scripts he initially disliked but later changed his mind about. Responding to the fan’s query, the actor mentioned, “Yes, that film was Mimi. And I got a National Award for the same film. Ab lagta hai ki chhod deta toh malaal hota (Looking back, I feel if I had let it go, I would have regretted it).”
In response to a query about whom he would like to dance with in a movie, Tripathi promptly named his Mimi co-star Kriti Sanon. When another fan enquired about his experience working with Shah Rukh Khan in Rohit Shetty’s Dilwale (2015), Tripathi noted, “Bahut hi shandaar. He’s a superb co-star.”
Tripathi was recently seen in Ravi Jadhav’s biographical film Main Atal Hoon, where he played former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. In her review of the movie, The Indian Express’ Shubhra Gupta wrote, “Despite Pankaj Tripathi’s inspired portrayal, the film is reduced to a rah-rah hagiography of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee and fails to do justice to his multiple facets.”
He will next be seen in Amar Kaushik and Dinesh Vijan’s Stree 2, a sequel to Stree (2018).
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