His most sublime art is his ability to disappear: an unlikely quality for a hero, an essential for a truly gifted actor.
And at Algebra, PankajKapur offered wry insight into the mindspace of a preternaturally gifted actor when he spoke of diving inside the heart of a script to extract its subtexts, rather than seeking inspiration for his portrayal from without. “Every good script has all you need embedded inside it, you have to dig deep into all it says and remains quiet about to find the heart of the character,” he said.
Touching upon some of his most celebrated roles, he told fascinating anecdotes about his role as Tarneja in Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron; Abbaji the don in Maqbool, and as the carrot-obsessed detective Karamchand.
His favourite scene from the cult Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron? Watch the full conversation above to find out!
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