Actor Pankaj Tripathi discussed how the film industry is in a state of flux due to shifting consumer preferences, the emergence of boycott movements, and the growth of streaming services. In a conversation with Connect FM Canada, he also demanded that writers be treated with greater respect and paid more.
Pankaj Tripathi responded that he isn’t an expert on the subject but offered his opinion nonetheless when asked about the popularity of movies like KGF: Chapter 2, the boycott campaigns that surrounded recent releases like Brahmastra, Laal Singh Chaddha, and Raksha Bandhan, and how streaming had affected the sensibilities of the audience. I don’t know much about the industry, but I can tell you about myself, he said in Hindi. My preferences in movies are pretty diverse. I don’t watch a lot of popular Hindi movies; I mostly watch Tithi and Court.
“People were exposed to news from all across the world throughout the pandemic via streaming platforms,” he concluded. They developed new tastes and started requesting, “What are you showing us?” Before, both in terms of what was being produced and what was being distributed, there weren’t many options. There wouldn’t be room in theatres for small films. Today, even if they don’t, you can still find them online.
Pankaj Tripathi argued against the notion that the South Indian language industries are growing. He referred to a story that he had just read, stating, “It was mentioning how just a few South Indian films have been hits, the rest of them have flopped. However, I’m concerned about the type of material being produced in Hindi mainstream cinema. He recalled a young writer who had consulted him about how much to charge for a project; Pankaj had advised the writer that he ought to receive at least 1% or 2% of the project’s budget.
He claimed that while authors like Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar were well-known in the past, no one knows who they are today. People often mistake a well-written character for one that is well-performed, he claimed.
Currently, the actor can be seen in the Criminal Justice: Adhura Sach Disney+ Hotstar series. He was most recently seen in Sherdil: The Pilibhit Saga, and OMG 2 will be his next appearance.