Actor Pankaj Tripathi on Thursday shared the trailer of his upcoming film 'Kaagaz', which has been helmed by actor-director Satish Kaushik. Based on the life of Bharat Lal aka Lal Bihari from Azamgarh, it shows Tripathi fighting a legal battle to prove that he is alive.
Presented by superstar Salman Khan, the film is set to premiere on ZEE5 on January 7. The drama, which was earlier scheduled to release in May, was pushed due to the coronavirus-induced lockdown. Apart from premiering digitally, the film will also be released in select theatres in Uttar Pradesh.
Check out the trailer here:
During a virtual press conference at the trailer launch of 'Kaagaz', Tripathi said he was drawn to the world of Lal and it didn't take him much time to understand his bizarre battle.
"The moment he (Kaushik) narrated me the story, I was on board. I told him I'm ready with my dates, just let me know when should I come. As an actor, you're on the lookout for scripts which make you feel like, 'I deserve this story.' I felt like that with 'Kaagaz'. I grabbed the film before he could change his mind," Tripathi told reporters.
Kaushik, known for directing movies such as 'Tere Naam' and 'Hum Aapke Dil Mein Rehte Hain', said he wanted to push himself as a director and 'Kaagaz' presented him with the perfect platform.
"When a new generation comes in, everything changes, the way we work, our atmosphere. We then become old. But I wanted to do something new. As an actor, I keep showcasing that I'm updated, but as a director, I wanted to update myself. "Pankaj has played a huge part in that. The moment I met him, I realised how I can update, innovate and reinvent myself through 'Kaagaz' with Pankaj. 'Kaagaz is my reinvention as a director," Kaushik told reporters.
(With inputs from agencies)