I have learnt to become patient as an actor: Pankaj Kapur

Pankaj Kapur

As an actor he brings a certain depth and range to his characters and that's why veteran actor Pankaj Kapur often goes unemployed.

Kapur, 58, who is returning to acting after a gap of three years with Vishal Bhardwaj's 'Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola', says good roles are hard to come by.

"I have learnt to become patient as an actor. Many people from the industry come up to me and say 'We don't see you onscreen much'. But where are the scripts? Do you think I am not sitting in my office and waiting for something like 'Matru' to happen to me? I would love to do four such films in a year," Kapur said in an interview.

An actor par excellence, Kapur turned to TV to act in shows like 'Karamchand', 'Zabaan Sambhaal Ke' and 'Neem Ka Ped' when he was not getting good offers in films.

He returned to cinema with landmark roles in films like 'Ek Doctor Ki Maut', 'Roja', 'Maqbool', 'Dharm' and 'Blue Umbrella' among many others.

Though he believes cinema is offering him better characters now, Kapur says the actor in him still gets insecure if good roles don't come his way often.

"Lot of scripts do come my way but sometimes I feel I am being too selective, sometimes I feel I deserve better, sometimes I feel I need to earn a livelihood, sometimes it disappoints and disheartens me but it does not make me angry because somewhere I have accepted it as an actor.

"I feel that God has been amazingly kind to me. How many actors get to stay for 30 years and play the kind of roles that I have done? I am human and get insecure because I am a middle class man and I need to feed my family and acting is the only job I know," says Kapur.

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