Pankaj Tripathi gets teary eyed talking about Manoj Bajpayee on The Kapil Sharma Show

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New Delhi: Actor Pankaj Tripathi got emotional on a TV serial, The Kapil Sharma Show, when he came on the sets with his idol Manoj Bajpayee. While sharing some anecdotes from his life, he recounted an old episode related to Manoj.

The actor confessed that many years ago he had stolen Manoj’s slippers from a hotel. Giving a detailed version of the incident, Pankaj told, “I got a call that Manoj ji is here. I used to do theatre back then so the kitchen staff knew it. I told them that whenever he orders anything from his room, I’ll be the one to take it. So I went there, met bhaiyya, said ‘Pranaam, even I am into theatre’, touched his feet and left the room. Next day he checked out and left for the airport. But he left a hawai chappal behind. The housekeeping supervisor said ‘Are! Your Manoj bhai is gone but he left his chappal here’. I said don’t submit it, give it to me.”

“Kyun? Eklavya ki tarah agar main inke khadau mein apna paer daal lu (Why? If like Eklavya I, too, could put my feet in his slipper)…” Pankaj said but his voice broke as he got emotional.

Everyone in the audience applauded for him and his love for Manoj, who then hugged the actor.

Pankaj has worked in some if the renowned movies, Gangs of Wasseypur, Gurgaon, Bareily ki Barfi, Newton, Stree and even in popular web series like, Sacred Games and Mirzapur. He will soon be seen as Janhvi Kapoor’s father in his upcoming film, a Gunjan Saxena biopic.

“I am 44 years old and India knows me now. Better late than never,” he said in a recent interview. “I have faced the same struggles that any actor faces. My difficulties were no different than the others. I come from a non-filmy background and I am a small village boy, so the challenges were a little more. I think that is organic and I have no complaints, because that happens in every field and not just in acting,” Pankaj told IANS.


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