His repertoire is as eclectic as it is robust, making one wonder what Pankaj Tripathi seeks in a script. The actor says he has a simple ask from every project — he is merely looking for “good company”. Once that is met, he can be lured in by his character. ‘Mimi’, led by Kriti Sanon, was one of those films that ticked both boxes. “In this film, Laxman Utekar [director] was the [driving] factor. We bonded over our similar backgrounds; he comes from rural Maharashtra, and I, from Bihar. Kriti was another draw. Bareilly Ki Barfi [2017] was the start of a different vein of films for her. She has matured vastly as an actor since,” begins Tripathi.

The comedy sees Sanon as a small-town dancer who agrees to become a surrogate mother for a couple, but the journey isn’t without hilarious twists.

The trailer of the Jio Cinema offering was lapped up by the audience, with a fan cheekily tweeting, ‘Someone check on Pankaj Tripathi.

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