He was last seen playing the role of legendary sportsman-turned-dacoit in Tigmanshu Dhulia’s Paan Singh Tomar. And now, Irrfan is set to surprise his audiences with his next venture, which unlike most of his previous films, is a romantic comedy.
“It’s a rustic love story set against the backdrop of Uttar Pradesh; basically, it’s in the Ishqiya (2010) space,” says the untitled film’s producer, Anjum Rizvi, who had signed Irrfan for this lighthearted project before the actor began shooting for Paan Singh Tomar.
After rounding up villagers and firing guns in the scorching locales of Madhya Pradesh for his previous hit release, the actor, this time, will be seen playing the part of a mild-mannered brass band master who performs at wedding ceremonies and uses his charm to woo the women in attendance.
To be helmed by Ahista Ahista (2006) director Shivam Nair, the film will bring Irrfan together with Aditi Rao Hydari, who last starred in London Paris New York (2012). Incidentally, both actors were part of Sudhir Mishra’s Yeh Saali Zindagi (2011), but they didn’t share any scenes.
“We were looking for a young face to play the part of a street-smart girl and Aditi suits the character perfectly,” says Shivam who, while writing the script of the film, only had Irrfan in mind for the role. “He is a member of this Saraswati Brass band in Lucknow. People will see him in a light role in a genre like this after a while.” Irrfan has earlier played lighthearted roles in Dil Kabaddi (2008) and Thank You (2011).
Producer Anjum, who is currently also producing another film called John Day, starring actors Randeep Hooda and Naseeruddin Shah, plans to take Irrfan’s untitled film on the floors by June this year.