Why did Pankaj Tripathi take Manoj Bajpayee’s slippers from a hotel?

Ruling the hearts of his fans, becoming the king of the entertainment industry lately, Pankaj Tripathi was a treat to watch on The Kapil Sharma Show. The actor was accompanied by his idol Manoj Bajpayee. While talking on the show, the famous Sacred Games ‘Guru ji’ or ‘Gaitonde ka teesra baap’ talked about Manoj with great admiration and got emotional recounting an old episode from their lives.

Why Pankaj stole Manoj’s slippers from a hotel? This question was answered on the show by the duo. Manoj said that Pankaj told him this story when they were working together on Anurag Kashyap’s film ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’.

It was when Manoj had come to stay at Hotel Maurya, where Pankaj was working as a kitchen supervisor. Pankaj reminded him how Manoj had lost his slippers when he was staying at the hotel and told him that he took them.

But Pankaj did not agree on this and decided to give a clear version of the story to the audience. “I got a call that Manoj ji is here. I used to do theatre back then so the kitchen staff knew it. I told them that whenever he orders anything from his room, I’ll be the one to take it. So I went there, met bhaiyya, said ‘Pranaam, even I am into theatre’, touched his feet and left the room. Next day he checked out and left for the airport. But he left a hawai chappal behind. The housekeeping supervisor said ‘Are! Your Manoj bhai is gone but he left his chappal here’. I said don’t submit it, give it to me,” he said as the audience broke into laughter.

“Kyun? Eklavya ki tarah agar main inke khadau mein apna paer daal lu (Why? If like Eklavya I, too, could put my feet in his slipper)…” Pankaj said but his voice broke as he got emotional.

Then what? He tried to hide his tears. And then for this overwhelming moment, Manoj gave him a hug.