IR­RFAN ON WORK­ING WITH WIFE, SUTAPA SIKDAR,

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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.

PHOTO: AALOK SONI/HT

Ir­rfan and Par­vathy

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