Pankaj is one of those sought after actors with whom many filmmakers have been lining up to work with because of his unmatched talent, work commitments and for his humble nature.
The National Award winning actor, Pankaj Tripathi as he is with some of the biggest names in Bollywood. Currently, he is all geared up shooting for his next, a magnum opus film 83 starring Ranveer Singh in the lead role.
The film is a real-life story based on the historical win of team India in Cricket World Cup back in 1983. The win was spearheaded headed by captain Kapil Dev.
The film has a huge ensemble star cast and Pankaj Tripathi plays a very pivotal character of PR Man Singh. Singh headed the team India as the manager for the World Cup.
Pankaj didn’t want to leave any stones unturned to play such a pivotal role. He flew down to Hyderabad to meet the real manager PR Man Singh ahead of 83 shooting in London.
PR Man Singh has been a very strong pillar of Kapil Dev squad in 1983 world cup. Pankaj wanted to have a narrative on the real story from the man himself.
Both the reel and real managers spent a good amount of time speaking on 83 World Cup trivia, factual stories, the struggles getting the team to World Cup. The journey of winning the first World Cup was narrated by Mr Singh which made Pankaj fell into tears.
The entire conversation and experience helped Pankaj to build his character.
“It was an amazing experience meeting PR Man Singh. He has an incredible love and passion towards the game of cricket even today. He is a very disciplined person, he has created a huge Museum in his house in Hyderabad with cricketing memorabilia. We spoke on various chapters of his personal and professional life. I got emotional couple of times listening to his stories and life journey.”
“His life is very inspiring for others, his passion and love towards cricket is simply amazing. I also met his family members and they all stood firmly like a pillar with PR Man Singh on his decisions. I visited his house and office and felt very positive with the hospitality. As an actor I will try my sincere best to portray PR Man Singh with best of my abilities displaying his school of thoughts and justify this role by reflecting his ideology and faith onscreen for the game of cricket.”