‘IF A PROJECT IS IN­TER­EST­ING THEN THE MEDIUM DOESN’T MAT­TER’

From films to theatre, ac­tor Ir­rfan Khan says he is open to act­ing in dif­fer­ent medi­ums

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It’s said to be a great time for ac­tors as there are var­i­ous av­enues and medi­ums that have opened up for them. They are not con­fin­ing them­selves and are ex­per­i­ment­ing with con­tent on dif­fer­ent plat­forms and in­dus­tries, and Ir­rfan Khan says that he is open to act­ing in dif­fer­ent medi­ums. “Medium is not im­por­tant, con­tent is. Cinema is im­por­tant be­cause it has a big­ger reach. It is dif­fer­ent work­ing in cinema and theatre, for sure. But work­ing in dif­fer­ent medi­ums has its own charm and soul, and it also de­pends on the project. If a project is in­ter­est­ing then the medium doesn’t mat­ter — whether it is dig­i­tal, TV, cinema, theatre or any in­dus­try.” The ac­tor, who hails from Ra­jasthan has also lent his sup­port to Ra­jasthani theatre in the past. Elab­o­rat­ing on the growth of re­gional cinema, he says, “It is a great time for any re­gional film in­dus­try to come up. Look at Marathi cinema and how it’s grown. There is a mar­ket for re­gional cinema as well. I wish the govern­ment could in­tro­duce some in­cen­tives, like Ut­tar Pradesh has done to nur­ture lo­cal tal­ent. There is a lot of scope for Ra­jasthani cinema, but right now they are not mak­ing films.” On ask­ing about cast­ing the right ac­tors for a project and the over­all cast­ing process in B-town, the Hindi Medium ac­tor says, “A cast­ing di­rec­tor plays a very im­por­tant role (in the West). It is not just the faces that they look at, it is the en­tire team, and that’s how they cast. Cast­ing direc­tors have a great un­der­stand­ing of the script. They have to have that be­cause only then can you cast so well. For­tu­nately, we do have good cast­ing direc­tors here as well. The con­cept is get­ting pop­u­lar. We do con­sult the cast­ing direc­tors nowa­days. But it will be­come more im­por­tant (in times to come). In the West even es­tab­lished ac­tors au­di­tion for movies. On ask­ing if stars in Hindi cinema will ever au­di­tion to make sure that the most suited ac­tor bags the role in a given project, Ir­rfan says, “Even Mar­lon Brando gave a kind of a screen test, where he had to con­vince the direc­tors and the pro­duc­ers that he can look like the char­ac­ter for a film.” So will the sit­u­a­tion ever change in Hindi cinema, at least, in the fu­ture? “That’s a hy­po­thet­i­cal sit­u­a­tion. I don’t think that kind of a sys­tem is ever go­ing to be es­tab­lished here. Here, stars are im­por­tant and they don’t give au­di­tions. In (TV) se­ries, au­di­tions have be­come re­ally im­por­tant, but in cinema, I don’t think it is go­ing to hap­pen,” says the Piku (2015) ac­tor.

It is dif­fer­ent work­ing in cinema and theatre, for sure. But work­ing in dif­fer­ent medi­ums has its own charm and soul, and it also de­pends on the project. IR­RFAN KHAN, AC­TOR

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