‘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
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