‘This year, I chose the sto­ries I re­ally wanted’

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Ir­rfan Khan is a very busy man this year — he has a num­ber of re­leases, plus two in­ter­na­tional projects, and a few other films go­ing on the floors. Is this the best phase of his ca­reer? He says, “I just know one thing: this is the year when most of the sto­ries I chose were the ones I re­ally wanted to do.”

With his ever-growing stature, Ir­rfan says that the only thing that has changed in his work strat­egy is that “I am part of sto­ries I re­ally be­lieve in”. Ear­lier, he would take a role be­cause of its sub­stance and the di­rec­tor, even if the story didn’t ap­peal to him that much.

Now that he’s part of big com­mer­cial films in Bollywood and Hol­ly­wood, it would be in­ter­est­ing to know how he de­cides on projects. Ir­rfan says, “It’s based on ev­ery­thing. You also look at it from an an­gle [of] whether the au­di­ence will en­joy it, be­cause there’s a lot of money in­volved. Also, if it’s not some­thing that’s just fluffy — it’s not time-pass, it should have lay­ers.”

With stel­lar roles in Hol­ly­wood films such as Juras­sic World (2015) and In­ferno (2016), it’s nat­u­ral to as­sume that Ir­rfan is some­thing of a pi­o­neer for younger In­dian ac­tors who’re mak­ing their way to the West. “It’s not just me, [I am] one of the ac­tors, sure,” he says. “Hol­ly­wood has opened up for the In­dian mar­ket… Also, af­ter the emer­gence of new online stream­ing platforms, this is the great­est op­por­tu­nity for In­dian tal­ent to make their mark in the West, es­pe­cially direc­tors, if they can come up with a good se­ries.”

Asked about Priyanka Cho­pra and Deepika Padukone’s work in the West, Ir­rfan says, “I wish they play a long in­nings.”

This is the great­est op­por­tu­nity for In­dian tal­ent to make their mark in the West, es­pe­cially direc­tors IR­RFAN KHAN, AC­TOR

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