Barah By Barah Actor Gyanendra Tripathi's Journey Into Heart Of Death Photography: After Every Two Minutes A Dead Body... | EXCL

Renowned for his roles in TVF's Half CA and Netflix's Choona, Gyanendra Tripathi steps into the spotlight as the lead in Barah By Barah, hitting Indian theaters on May 24. Directed by Gaurav Madan, the film sees Tripathi portraying the last death photographer in Benaras, offering a unique and captivating portrayal.
Barah By Barah Actor Gyanendra Tripathi's Journey Into Heart Of Death Photography: After Every Two Minutes A Dead Body... | EXCL

Barah By Barah Actor Gyanendra Tripathi's Journey Into Heart Of Death Photography: After Every Two Minutes A Dead Body... | EXCL

Gyanendra Tripathi, best known for his TVF show Half CA (2023) and Netflix’s Choona (2023) will soon be seen in the critically acclaimed Barah By Barah, all set for its India release on May 24. Tripathi's debut as a theatrical lead, Barah By Barah, directed by Gaurav Madan, sees the actor essay the role of the last living death photographer in Benaras. In an exclusive interaction with Zoom, Gyanendra shared his journey into playing the extremely intriguing role.
In a candid conversation, Tripathi reflected on his affinity to the role, stating, "The fact that it is not very conventional is what attracted me in the first place." His character, immersed in the solemnity of Banaras' Manikarnika Ghat, captures the final moments of those journeying into the afterlife.
Gyanendra Tripathi in a scene from Barah By Barah
Gyanendra Tripathi in a scene from Barah By Barah
A riveting exploration of the human psyche amidst the backdrop of mortality, Tripathi added, “The moment I heard that there is a character in the film, who is the protagonist, and his profession is that he clicks the last photograph of the people who come for their cremation on the Manikarnika Ghat in Banaras, intrigued me.” He explained, “For any actor, it is interesting to explore such kind of characters.”
Director Gaurav and writer Sunny Lahiri crafted a narrative that challenges traditional storytelling norms. Tripathi noted, "As a film, we wanted to trust the audience... why do we not trust Indian audiences to be mature enough to understand and correlate and make sense out of the visuals?" The actor explained that this departure from spoon-feeding audiences with explicit dialogue adds layers of depth to the film's narrative, allowing viewers to engage in a more introspective cinematic experience.
"We do not utter everything through the characters. We were aware the genre has its limitations because we are trained as a country to watch films where characters have to spell out everything - intentions, motives and feelings,” he opined.
Tripathi's preparation for the role extended beyond the script, immersing himself in the authentic atmosphere of Banaras. He recalled, "I spoke to Naate, the last death photographer of Banaras, who inspired Gaurav and Sunny to write the story." Tripathi's commitment to authenticity led him to spend a week at Manikarnika Ghat, observing the rhythm of life and death that defines the sacred city.
"Every two minute a dead body would be carried in for cremation, and how regular this is there,” the actor expressed, adding, “I realised that I cannot be overwhelmed by these visuals as a character because he spends his entire day there. People who work on that ghat, be it the people who provide the wood, or those who do the actual cremation, there is a regularity, a sense of normalcy for them. We are trained to look at death as some sort of drama, but when you sit at the ghat, Death is as normal as Life.”
Transitioning from the bustling streets of Bombay to the serene banks of the Ganges was a transformative experience for Tripathi. His immersion into the city's essence, from its chaotic alleys to the tranquil riverbanks has been beautifully captured in Barah By Barah.
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