Actor Pankaj Tripathi says that he felt somewhat thrilled when actor-director Satish Kaushik offered him a film paper, which he immediately fell in love with. The film is based on the life of Bharat Lal alias Lal Bihari of Azamgarh, who fought a legal battle for 18 years to prove that he was alive.
During a virtual press conference at the paper trailer launch, Pankaj Tripathi said that he was ready for Lal’s world and it didn’t take long for him to understand their bizarre battle. ‘The moment he (Satish Kaushik) told me the story, I was riding on it. I told her that I am ready with my dates, just let me know when I should come. As an actor, you are looking for scripts that make you feel like, ‘I deserve this story.’ It seemed to me that with paper. “I caught the film before I could change my mind,” Pankaj Tripathi told reporters.
Bharata, played by Pankaj, is desperate to prove himself alive. He has a family, hopes and dreams for his future but his official dead position is not allowing him to realize anything about it. He tries his best to claim what he deserves. He asks the sarpanch of the village to sign the necessary documents, file a case in court and even turn himself in as Bharat Lal Deceased (deceased) to attract the attention of the country and the media. . He even forges an alliance with all those who have been wrongly declared dead due to silly clerical errors.
Satish also acts as Bharat’s lawyer in the film. While the latter trusts him too much, he cannot be just as smart as he is pretending.
Like Lal, who ran from pillar to post to acquire official papers that declared him dead, the 44-year-old actor has taken part in his struggle for attention in the industry, which largely ignored him Had done it. Pankaj Tripathi struggled for almost a decade before succeeding in Gangs of Wasseypur in 2012 and has been the most talked about star since then with performances in films and shows such as Stree, Mirzapur, Sachs Games and Ludo.
‘I had to struggle a lot, which is part of the job. Unless an actor is identified, he is lost. Many people come to Mumbai with the dream of becoming an actor. They maintain it until they establish an identity. Therefore, there is a fight to make a mark in cinema too. The story of the paper is one such fight, which exists. My struggle has been long but organic and fruitful. I have learned how to live because of it, ‘he said.
The film is produced by Salman Khan Films and will be released on Zee 5 on 7 January.