Alia Bhatt and Pankaj Tripathi have never shared screen space or worked together in a film. However, the veteran actor has contributed immensely to Alia’s memorable performance, as she recently revealed.
DISCLOSURE: Pankaj Tripathi was Alia Bhatt’s tutor for Udta Punjab. the veteran actor trained the actress daily and helped her master the Jharkhandi dialect
While having an in-depth conversation with Mid-Day, Alia Bhatt said that Pankaj Tripathi tutored her for a month for her role in Udta Punjab (2016). In this thriller-drama, Alia played the role of an immigrant, Bauria. Alia recalled that Pankaj tutored her for a month. She met him everyday and he helped her learn body language and Jharkhandi dialect. He also learned to play hockey, though it only served as Bauria’s backstory.
Alia Bhatt confessed it Udta Punjab it was the only time he fully embraced the idea of ”method acting”. She kept away from her cell phone, worked on her character, interacted with the local youth, etc. She said she did it to prove to herself and not the world that she was a “chameleon as an actress”.
Alia Bhatt then revealed that she found out Udta Punjab through Shahid Kapoor, with whom he worked, in Shaandaar (2015). She approached director Abhishek Chaubey to sign her for the role. Alia admitted that the initial look test did not fully convince the expert director. However, he eventually got the part.
Alia Bhatt, however, added that working on the film was quite challenging. He shot for the role for 20 days and stated, “I don’t know how I would have survived, like, 60 days.”
Alia Bhatt’s efforts have paid off. She was praised for her act and even won the Filmfare Best Actress. As for Pankaj Tripathi, he became a sensation soon after Udta Punjabthanks to his appearances on Newton (2017), Street (2018), Mirzapur (2018), Gunjan Saxena (2020), Ludo (2020), Imitation (2021), ’83 (2021) etc.
Also Read: EXCLUSIVE: Pankaj Tripathi admits he was so overwhelmed at IIFA with the standing ovation he got that he forgot to thank his team and wife
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