Bollywood actor Pankaj Tripathi dawns the character of Guruji in Netflix’s much-anticipated series Sacred Games, recently shared his views over censorship of digital content in India.
Pankaj Tripathi says that if someone wants to watch nudity, then the person can opt for pornography, and should not hunt for such things in a web series.
He will soon be seen in the upcoming second season of Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane’s popular web series. The series made some waves with its first season which contains scenes of graphic nudity, besides violence and language.
While talking to a news agency, Pankaj Tripathi said, “I feel, there should be a purpose behind everything. If scissoring a scene leaves the story incomplete, then it becomes a concern. Filmmakers like Vikramaditya (Motwane) and Anurag (Kashyap) are responsible people. They will obviously not include a scene just to create a sensation. Pornography is available on the internet. So, why would people watch a web series if watching nudity is their purpose?”.
Emphasizing on there is the need for certification, not censorship, Tripathi added, “A responsible filmmaker knows what and how much of anything is necessary for his story. I believe that instead of censorship, there should be a system of certification that helps be categorized into different age groups”.
Talking about preparations for his role in the series, the 42-year-old actor said, “It was a difficult role because it wasn’t easy to get that feeling. I have never been a spiritual guru or spent time with one. Also, I don’t know any guru so closely. So, it was a new world that I had to explore. Every actor explores a new world with every new character he or she plays. While most characters are familiar to us, this one was challenging”.
Fans are eager to watch him back in the web series, his dialogue “Balidaan dena hoga” in the series’s promo has already led to a meme fest on the internet.
When the actor was told about the trending memes, he replied, “Is it? I don’t get time to do social media, so I didn’t watch these memes. I would, however, like to request all viewers to sacrifice their sleep on the night of August 15 to watch the second season of ‘Sacred Games’ at a go”.
“I don’t watch any web series. I don’t get time. It has been almost a year that I didn’t watch anything because I have been so occupied with shooting,” he admits.
Sacred Games Season 2 will premiere on Netflix on August 15.
Pankaj Tripathi gained massive popularity with one scene in Anurag Kashyap’s 2012 film, “Gangs of Wasseypur”.
He has also given a powerful performance in the Rajkumar Rao-starrer Newton and recent hits like Bareilly Ki Barfi.