11 Questions With : Irrfan Khan, Actor on his upcoming socio-political drama 'Madaari'
Updated on: 29 Jun 2016
Undoubtedly one of the finest actors that we have, Irrfan speaks his heart out about a lot of things in the industry and beyond it in an exclusive interview with mid-day
It is always a pleasure to meet Irrfan. He's on the ball, articulate and is not the one to mince words. Our conversation with the man moves from relationships to existential crisis to rebirth. Excerpts:
Q. It's odd to see someone like you in a producer's role (he's the creative producer of his next, 'Madaari'). A. (Laughs) I am not a producer in the conventional sense. I am the creative producer. It is about a true incident and when this subject was brought to me, I couldn't shake it off; it just stayed with me. Ritesh (Shah) loved the idea and Nishikant (Kamat, director) was keen to do it. So, it happened. We are evolving as a film industry so we need to say all kinds of stories...
Q. Are we really evolving? Sometimes, it looks like we are going back in time. A. Yes, a section of the industry still relies on the song and dance formula, but there is another section which is encouraging new kind of films. This section demands intelligent storytelling and we are falling short on supply. That's perhaps why more cinema chains are coming up. A year ago, we had 3,000 screens; now, we have 4,000. But we don't have the material to give to the young audience. That's why Hollywood cinema is being consumed more, eating into the market. Look at regional cinema, they are doing so well. Who could have imagined a film like Sairat to make Rs 100-plus crore?
I am not averse to the song and dance routine, if it is done brilliantly like Guru Dutt, Mehboob Khan or K Asif did. It used to be our strength. But if we continue doing it unimaginatively, we will be misusing our strength. It is high time we change the perception of cinema even outside the country.
Q. Talking about outside the country, you were one of the few who managed to land 'respectable' roles in H'wood…