A Passing Face

A Discreet Hero

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Pankaj Kapur

Pankaj Kapur’s most sublime quality is his ability to disappear: an unlikely trait for a hero, an essential for a preternaturally gifted actor. In a conversation at a select gathering, he spoke of diving inside the heart of a script to extract its subtext, rather than seeking inspiration from outside it. And then there were the inside stories: about his role as Tarneja in Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron, as Abbaji the don in Maqbool, and as the carrot-crunching detective in Karamchand