He has acted in several Indian and international biggies. And now, Irrfan is set to venture into a completely new territory — film production. Interestingly, his wife Sutapa Sikdar is likely to be at the helm of the production company’s affairs.
“We are going to launch our production house very soon,” confirms Irrfan. “Sutapa will announce it (the name of the production house). Even I don’t know exactly what it is. She is handling everything.” Ask him if it will be named after her and he says with a smile: “It might be true.”
Apparently, Sutapa has also written the script for their maiden production, which will be directed by Nishikant Kamat.
How do you manage everything — Bollywood, Hollywood, promotions and now film production?
That’s what we have come to do. Jhande gaadne aayein hain (we have come to make our name). Whatever is required to achieve that goal, will be done. I think all of us become actors to work with different people. Every job has its demands, and you have no option but to fulfil them.
Why did you think of starting a production company at this stage?
It’s not meant to increase my source of income. If I get money, I won’t mind, but the intention is to make films that I believe in. I should be able to support such stories and come up with adequate finances. I shouldn’t be dependent on others.
What’s the plan of action now?
Right now, we are only involved with co-productions. Till date, I have only co-produced Lunchbox. I am going to collaborate with Paramhans Creations (they made Dil Kabaddi; 2008) for a yet-untitled project.
As an actor, do you feel an added pressure after winning a National Award (Paan Singh Tomar; 2012)?
Absolutely. And I would like people to expect terrific performances from me; it’s a good thing. In fact, I would expect myself to always be interested in my work. It’s important for me to surprise myself. If I feel I haven’t done anything new, I will be very disappointed.
Tell us about your upcoming film, D-Day.
After a long time, I have come across a film which shows a completely new world with a lot of credibility — the world of spies with an impossible mission to pull off. Spies who work across the world are heroes, but their names will never be heard of or acknowledged in public.
Nikhil Advani is mainly a commercial filmmaker. How was the experience of working with him?
Nikhil’s talent hasn’t been explored completely yet. In D-Day, you will see a completely different side to him. Actors constantly surprise fans by essaying diverse roles; directors should also do the same. Otherwise, you only have one story which you keep showing again and again in different ways. During the making of the film, he always kept actors excited and inspired.
You have previously mentioned that you were interested in working on biopics.
Yes, in fact, I want to take up more of them. There are a few genres I would like to experiment with. For instance, a film for kids, or a musical — these are at the top of my list. Also, I want to do comedy and action. I am in constant search for scripts that will help me explore my other side.
What’s next in the pipeline?
I am doing a special appearance in Yash Raj Film’s Gunday. Plus, I might also act in a Vishal Bhardwaj production.