He has made a mark with his powerful performances and by being part of meaningful cinema. Probably that’s the reason why, when Irrfan Khan decided to try his hand at production, he started off with an offbeat project like The Lunchbox (2013). The actor reveals that, as a producer, he won’t take up run-of-the-mill films.
“I am looking for scripts that aren’t of the regular kind. They should give the audience a new experience and it should be worth their money. That’s my function as a producer. I should recognise such stories and bring them to the people,” says Irrfan, whose next production is a Nishikant Kamat film, which will be followed by Ishaan Nair’s (film-maker Mira Nair’s nephew) project.
When asked if Kamat’s film, which also stars Irrfan, is rumoured to have been inspired by the life of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, the actor denies it saying, “It has nothing to do with him. It’s an emotional thriller. We explore several things in it, and the way the system affects a common man is part of the storyline.”
Whether as an actor or a producer, Irrfan rues the fact that script isn’t given as much importance in commercial Hindi cinema as it should be.
“Whichever film I have been associated with in Hollywood, whether it has a big star or a new actor, everybody works for the story. In India, a lot of times, we twist the storyline, script and other things to fit a star’s requirement, and do things the way he wants,” he says.
But Irrfan is hopeful. “The day commercial cinema starts considering the story as supreme, the structure of our so-called commercial cinema will change,” he says.