IRRFAN ON WORKING WITH WIFE, SUTAPA SIKDAR,
Since the film is about online dating. What is your take on that?
Irrfan: I know for a fact that if there is anything new in the market, I can’t use it. I can’t put my picture. I had tried once, but I failed. I think these are fantastic things, but they should have come sooner. In our society, I don’t think 90% of women have experienced orgasms. It is the truth but people will say ‘How can you talk about this?’. I feel all these apps will open possibilities. I have friends who have more than one boyfriend and that is because they want to explore. Who are you to tell them what to do? It is their body and it is their choice. If you can’t take it then leave.
This is your second film with Sutapa (Sikdar, his wife who is also the producer). Is it easy working with someone who you know so closely, or is it difficult?
Irrfan: Sutupa and I worked in a series but there our relation was different. She was the writer and I was the actor, and we used to have a lot of fights as she used to write a lot. Then she stopped writing and got bored of it. She is a creative person and is very unconventional; you can’t box her in a set of ideas. I used to see a lot of locked up energy in her and a lot of anxiety. This film just fell in our lap. She told me certain aspects of the film that I couldn’t see. Now, I feel I have seen a new Sutapa. She needs creative things in her life because this is what she loves.
Parvathy, why Hindi films after having a successful career in the South?
Parvathy: I have never understood the idea of a different industry. It is a bonus for me to learn a language that my character thinks in. initially people used to ask me, ‘Why did you leave Malayalam cinema and go to Tamil cinema?’ It was only because good films came from there. I will go where good cinema comes from. Irrfan is doing a Bangladeshi film. Hindi cinema has created so many brilliant films, which are content-driven as they should be, and now the term content-driven is coming back. I have always believed that if I am an artiste then I will create art no matter where I go. There is no strategy to anything, it is just a beautiful unpredictable journey. I keep thinking that any movie could be my last and it is fine, I will go to another avenue after this. Irrfan is a good example of this; he is someone who gets a high on living in the unpredictability of it. I am glad it happened.
Which image do you prefer — brooding or romantic?
Irrfan: I am kind of tired of the brooding image; there is so much romance inside me that I want to share it. It is all bottled up. It all comes from experience. You need to meet people. All those experiences change you, for example my first setback in love was so intense that I don’t think that I will ever be able to experience that again. It changed me for better and I thank god it happened. That experience really brought me out of my cocoon.
Irrfan and Parvathy