An au­to­graph must mean some­thing ...

Says ac­tor Ir­rfan, who be­lieves that he doesn’t like fans who ask for his au­to­graph just for the heck of it

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

Ac­tor Ir­rfan (right) thinks that peo­ple feel the need to ask for au­to­graphs only in the ini­tial years of an ac­tor’s ca­reer.

“I am not both­ered about how big a fan fol­low­ing I have, but that does not mean that I don’t re­spect the love that comes my way. It’s just only in the early years of your ca­reer that you are re­ally both­ered about how many peo­ple want your au­to­graph. But what mat­ters for me is the way they want the au­to­graph or the emo­tion be­hind it. Are they just ask­ing for it be­cause you are a celebrity or have you done some­thing to them for them to feel a spe­cial con­nec­tion with you?” says Ir­rfan, who was last seen in Meghna Gulzar’s di­rec­to­rial, Tal­var.

The ac­tor, who has been part of movies such as Maq­bool (2003), Rog (2005), Life in a…Metro (2007), 7 Khoon Maaf (2011) and Paan Singh To­mar (2012), has had sev­eral ex­pe­ri­ences when peo­ple just show fan frenzy for the heck of it.

“Peo­ple ask for au­to­graphs just for the sake of it and then it makes you feel like you are some an­i­mal from the zoo, who is out on the road. But when peo­ple take your sig­na­ture with a lot of faith, you can see it in their eyes, and then I feel good and proud as an ac­tor. It makes me feel as though I have es­tab­lished my­self in the hearts of ac­tors,” says the Na­tional Award­win­ning ac­tor.

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