Indian OTT’s favourite star, Pankaj Tripathi has said that many of the memes on social media associated with his characters are fake. The actor also went on to condemn the use of coarse language on screen – unless the script demands it.

Tripathi, of course, owes much of his current popularity to characters who use ‘vulgar’ language on screen, like the intensely famous Kaleen Bhaiya from Mirzapur.

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“When actors abuse on screen, they do so in a certain context. Abusing on a whim is not something I approve of, or endorse. Even in my scenes, I avoid coarse language, unless the situation demands it. It’s not a case of being morally mindful. I am merely conscious of what I put forth as an artiste,” he told Mid-Day in an interview.

“The onus of being responsible is on the creators, writers and actors. I hope that the creators of memes exercise a similar restraint and act responsibly. On most occasions, the abusive words used in these memes are not even from my films or dialogues,” Pankaj Tripathi added.

“When it comes to Kaleen Bhaiya, you’ll definitely see Pankaj Tripathi’s life experiences, because I have come across people like him, and I understand the landscape on which the story is based. In real life, I’m a soft-spoken man, and Kaleen Bhaiya is the same. This will always be the case with every artiste,” the actor had told MW in an interview earlier this year.

OTT platforms in India have currently been facing heat from certain sections of social media who claim that there is too much vulgarity on OTT platforms and some even go on to say that OTT platforms bring a bad name to India and Hinduism.

Pankaj Tripathi will be reprising his role as lawyer Madhav Mishra, in the upcoming season of Criminal Justice, on Disney+ Hotstar. His last few outings have performed extremely well like Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl, Ludo and the second season of Mirzapur.

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