15 July 2024

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Veteran actor Pankaj Kapur, who is one of the most versatile actors in the entertainment industry, started his career in 1982 with the film ‘Arohan’. The actor turned 70 today, on May 29.
On his special day, let’s reminisce about a time when Shahid Kapoor disclosed that his father used to make fun of him about genetic hair loss.
During an old interview with Film Companion, Shahid Kapoor remembered that his father Pankaj Kapur used to tease him over genetic hair loss.He stated, “When I saw my dad (getting bald), I was like, ‘Dad, this better not happen to me.” And he’d mess with me all the time. ‘Abhi toh tu hero ban gaya hai. Baad mein kya hoga tera when you won’t have any hair? Jab baal nahi rahenge toh acting karni padegi’ (You’ve become a hero now. What would happen to you when you don’t have any hair? When there won’t be any hair, you’ll have to act). Maybe that’s why I learned acting (laughs).”
Shahid shared a piece of advice from his father that has stuck with him throughout the years. He said his dad used to tell him, if he can touch an audience member three times in his career, they will support him for the next twenty years and that is what he has tried to do.
For the unversed, Shahid and Pankaj Kapur starred together in Vikas Bahl‘s romantic fantasy comedy ‘Shaandaar’ in 2015. The film also featured Alia Bhatt. Additionally, they worked together on Gowtam Naidu Tinnanuri’s sports film ‘Jersey’, which received positive reviews but did poorly at the box office. It was the Hindi adaptation of the Nani-starring Telugu film in 2019.
Pankaj Kapur has worked in several films like ‘Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola’, ‘Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon’, ‘Halla Bol’, ‘Bheed’, ‘Maqbool’, ‘Dharm’, ‘Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron’, ‘Finding Fanny’, and others. He became a household name after working in the TV series ‘Karamchand’ and ‘Office Office’.

Mrunal Thakur on the acting skill she learnt from her Jersey co-star Pankaj Kapur



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