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Actor Pankaj Tripathi has said that many of the memes that are associated with his characters are fake. The actor condemned the use of ‘coarse language’ on screen, unless the situation demands it.

Pankaj has played famously foul-mouthed characters in films and shows, the most popular of which is Kaleen Bhaiya, from Mirzapur.

In an interview to Mid-Day, he said, “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 added, “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 will reprise his role as lawyer Madhav Mishra, in the upcoming season of Criminal Justice, on Disney+ Hotstar. He was seen this year in films such as Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl, and Ludo — both on Netflix — and the second season of Mirzapur.