‘Never cared about film earn­ings’

Ac­tor Ir­rfan is only con­cerned with what his films have to of­fer to the au­di­ence; says box of­fice suc­cess is of lit­tle im­por­tance to him

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Leisure - Sa­marth Goyal sa­marth. goyal@ hin­dus­tan­times. com

When Ir­rfan’s (above) films Piku and Juras­sic World be­came mas­sive box of­fice hits, peo­ple from the industry lost no time in com­par­ing him with the big­gies of Bol­ly­wood— Shah Rukh, Aamir and Sal­man Khan. How­ever, the 48-year-old ac­tor says that he likes to re­main grounded. “Arre log toh bolte re­hte hain. Lo­gon ka kaam hai kehna,” he says with a smile.

“It’s not in my hands to stop any­one from say­ing what­ever they want to. One day they’ll will praise me and my work and the next day they will crit­i­cise me. I don’t get car­ried away by such claims, nor do I get both­ered by them,” he adds.

“They (the Khans) are su­per­stars be­cause they have been in the industry for a long time and have worked very hard to reach where they are. It’s not right for any­one to com­pare what they have done with what I have done,” he clar­i­fies.

His film Tal­var was loved by fans and did well at the box of­fice. The ac­tor, how­ever, in­sists that he is not both­ered about how much his films earn.

“I don’t carry this badge of how much my films have earned. I never re­ally think about that. The only thing I am both­ered about is the ex­pe­ri­ence my film has given to the au­di­ences. Whether they liked the con­cept of the film or not. Hon­estly, that’s the only thing I am wor­ried about,” he says, adding, “Of course, if your film is not earn­ing any­thing, that should be wor­ry­ing, but in my case, my films are also giv­ing back rev­enue.”

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