Bol­ly­wood’s not just about song and dance

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Yashika Mathur yashika. mathur@ hin­dus­tan­times. com

Films like Piku and The Lunch­box are slowly chang­ing the per­cep­tion that we are not just about song and dance and that we have strong con­tent to back our films

Ir­rfan Khan, ac­tor

Hav­ing been part of some very renowned in­ter­na­tional projects, ac­tor Ir­rfan feels the western world should look at Bol­ly­wood as some­thing more rather than just the song and dance rou­tine.

“Peo­ple in the west have a broad im­age about Bol­ly­wood that we are all about the song and dance rou­tine and I hope it changes. I would love to change that. There are films like The Lunch­box and Piku which have kind of changed the way peo­ple con­ceive Bol­ly­wood. All these films are slowly chang­ing the per­cep­tion and es­tab­lish­ing that we are not just about song and dance and that we have strong con­tent to back our films,” says Ir­rfan, who has been part of in­ter­na­tional projects such as Slum­dog Mil­lion­aire (2012), Life Of Pi (2012) and Juras­sic World (2015) and will soon be seen along­side Tom Hanks in Inferno.

The 49-year-old ac­tor be­lieves that it’s im­por­tant for In­dian film­mak­ers to tar­get fans world­wide. “We must start tar­get­ting the global au­di­ence and not just the In­dian di­as­pora to show them how good we are,” he says.

With his latest films, Ir­rfan has es­tab­lished him­self as an ac­tor of many facets. “I don’t like call­ing my­self a star. Peo­ple can call me what­ever they want to but I don’t have any such de­sires. I want to be known as a sim­ple man,” says the ac­tor, who won a Na­tional Award for por­tray­ing the ban­dit Paan Singh To­mar in a biopic.

PHOTO: WASEEM GASHROO/HT

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