When asked about Shah Rukh Khan, Tripathi revealed, “Unse mere encounter bohot kum rahe hai, toh maine unki khaasiyat door se hi dekhi hai, paas se nahi.
Woh host bohot acche hai. Goa mein ek party mein unhone bohot acche se sabkokhilaya tha. Baaki, mera unse milna julna bohot kam hua hai. (I’ve had very few encounters with him, hence I can gauge most of his qualities from far. But I can tell that he’s a very good host. I remember the way he hosted us and made us all eat well during a party in Goa. Other than that, I haven’t met him on many occasions).” Pankaj was a part of Rohit Shetty‘s ‘Dilwale’ which had SRK along with Kajol, Kriti Sanon and Varun Dhawan.
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Meanwhile, the ‘Mirzapur’ actor lauded Akshay Kumar for his discipline, fitness and the courage to make socially-relevant movies. Tripathi said, “Discipline bohot tagda hai unka (He’s so disciplined). I remember I once went for a script reading at his house at 6 am and I woke up at 5 am for that. Main bohot dino baad 5 baje utha tha uss din (I woke up at 5 am after many days). He’s so focused and dedicated with his work, and also his fitness. He makes films on social issues like ‘Padman’, or ‘OMG 2’.”
Further adding on the importance of making such movies, the actor said, “We have become actors or public figures (whether big or small), due to the acceptance of the audience. It’s our responsibility to think about the message we are giving to the society through a film’s story, along with entertainment of course. I think, that’s a great quality in him. Apart from that, in his personal life, his discipline towards being fit is inspiring and we all must learn from him. He also takes care of his unit. When we were reading, he got us so much food, we couldn’t even finish it.”
‘OMG 2’ is set to release on August 11 and is directed by Amit Rai.