Irrfan Khan is ‘overwhelmed’ at friend Asif Kapadia’s Oscar win

  • Shalvi Mangaokar, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Mar 01, 2016 19:55 IST
Irrfan Khan in a still from The Warrior.

When British-Indian film-maker Asif Kapadia bagged an Oscar for his documentary, Amy (2015), his long-time friend, Irrfan Khan, was “thrilled”. A source says, “About 15 years ago, Irrfan started his international film journey with The Warrior (2001), which was directed by Asif. The award-winning British movie opened the doors of international cinema for both of them. They have been great friends since then. Irrfan even helped Asif with the premiere of Amy in India.”

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Irrfan says he is glad that he got the opportunity to work with Asif in the past. “I am extremely thrilled for Asif. He is an amazing film-maker. I am happy that I have worked with him,” he says.

The Bollywood actor admits that The Warrior had a huge impact on his international film career. “That movie was a turning point for me. It is overwhelming to know that he finally got the much-deserved Oscar. I am glad that Asif and his team have won accolades at many prestigious events and fests. He is a creative film-maker, whose vision is distinctive. When we worked on the movie together, I knew that he will be very successful in the years to come,” says Irrfan.

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