Irrfan Khan on flipping Bollywood formula for ‘Qarib Qarib Singlle’


Irrfan Khan, who is best known for conveying emotions through his eyes, is now more comfortable expressing things with a touch of a smile. He’s broken his own mould in the last few films: ‘Piku’ (2015), ‘Talvar’ (2015) and ‘Jazbaa’ (2015). However, this year, he gained momentum with his portrayal of a cloth merchant from Delhi’s Chandni Chowk in his last release ‘Hindi Medium’ (2017).

After having perfected intense roles over the years, it seems the star has now slowed down and is making good use of his funny side, reports First Post. His next film is Tanuja Chandra’s ‘Qarib Qarib Singlle.’ About the film, he reveals that Tanuja Chandra had sent him the script long ago and it kept lying on his table for almost a year until his wife Sutapa read it and found it appealing. The film is a political satire, which will soon feature on Amazon’s streaming platform.

“There was a possibility in that script to be turned into a happy film. If two people have gone for a date on screen, the set formula of Bollywood will only talk about how a man will react to a woman, not vice-versa. This film completely turns around this concept. I went ahead with Sutapa’s conviction,” reveals Khan.

He has been part of the industry since 1988 though the first 15 years were spent struggling to find good work. So after having gained accolades from both Bollywood and Hollywood, the question is how secure he is feels now? “I am not bothered about security. Till what point will you secure yourself? Now I pay a huge amount of tax and that too might seem less to certain people. You can only feel secured if you throw the very notion out of your mind. I have neither been part of any camp or any group, despite this life has taken good care of me,” he says.

When asked whether he feels helpless when the domestic media fails to write about his overseas achievements, he replied by saying, “The helplessness was there in the beginning. I used to tell my team that whatever is being said about me in the west should be conveyed to Indian media. Now I have gotten used to it and it’s not important to me. Such things are not required here because barring stardom our actors don’t bring much to the table. We fail to pick minor nuances in films. In the west, if you appear for even two minutes in a Wes Anderson film, the media will write about it. There is no point racking your brain.”

Khan also reveals that after ‘The Lunchbox’ (2013) lost the opportunity to become India’s entry to the Oscars, Sony Pictures took the decision at that time, to not touch an Indian film. He also discloses that one of the reasons why the shooting of Mira Nair’s ‘Shantaram’ fell through was because of the issues that had cropped up during the filming of ‘A Mighty Heart’ (2007). “Johnny Depp was just not ready to come to India. The kind of jobs and money we lose because of such things is immense. No one is bothered. You can either commit suicide or resign to things.”

‘Qarib Qarib Singlle’ releases 10th November.

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