Pow­er­ful Hol­ly­wood is af­fect­ing In­dian cin­ema: Ir­rfan Khan

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In­ter­na­tion­ally-ac­claimed ac­tor Ir­rfan Khan (left) says In­dian cin­ema is be­ing dom­i­nated by for­eign films and this has af­fected the busi­ness of Bol­ly­wood films.

The 48-year-old, who has starred in var­i­ous hit for­eign films like Slum­dog Mil­lion­aire (2008), The Amaz­ing Spi­der-Man (2012) and Life of Pi (2012), be­lieves Bol­ly­wood films are not a com­pe­ti­tion for Hol­ly­wood. “Hol­ly­wood de­mand dif­fer­ent kind of skills. They have a dif­fer­ent set of au­di­ence,” Ir­rfan said, adding, “But Hol­ly­wood has a big­ger reach than Bol­ly­wood, and has its own uni­ver­sal lan­guage. It is more pow­er­ful. It has dom­i­nated our cin­ema. It can af­fect the busi­ness of Bol­ly­wood. But our films are not af­fect­ing their busi­ness. It’s Hol­ly­wood, which is af­fect­ing In­dian cin­ema.” Start­ing his ca­reer in Bol­ly­wood with char­ac­ter roles in films like Salaam Bom­bay! (1988) and Dr­ishti (1990), Ir­rfan went on to carve his space on the sil­ver screen by show­ing his ver­sa­til­ity in act­ing through films like Haasil (2003), Life in a... Metro (2007) and The Name­sake (2006). But he says roles that he has played up till now were not of his choice, as he was not of­fered ro­man­tic roles be­fore Piku. “Peo­ple usu­ally think of me as a se­ri­ous ac­tor, but roles that I have done so far were not of my choice. I was not of­fered such roles ear­lier. If given a choice I would have rather done com­edy and ro­man­tic films ear­lier,” Ir­rfan said.

Hol­ly­wood has dom­i­nated our cin­ema. It can af­fect the busi­ness of Bol­ly­wood

Ir­rfan Khan, ac­tor

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