Of late, a number of Indian actors such as Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone and Nimrat Kaur have made it to the international arena. Irrfan Khan, who is considered one of the best Indian exports to Hollywood, feels it is high time Indian talent makes a mark in the west. “It’s possible to see that dream (of working in Hollywood) now,” says the actor, adding, “And why not? After all, that’s the industry that addresses the whole world.”
The Life of Pi (2012) star is happy to be working in Europe as well. “I’ve also done a film in Bangladesh. If I do two-three films [in Hindi] and have time in hand, I explore projects abroad. I am fortunate to get these opportunities and work with different kinds of people,” he says.
However, there are several Indian actors who are also spreading false news about them bagging roles in Hollywood films. “That won’t work. Let them fake it. It’s an individual’s choice as to how they wish to carve their [career] paths. I don’t want to pass any judgment on that,” says Irrfan, who will next be seen in a film alongside Tom Hanks.
The Haasil (2003) actor admits that “one can earn four times the amount [in Bollywood] in the kind of time one devotes there (in Hollywood)”. Of late, Irrfan has become a benchmark for quality work, but he refuses to take such a perception of his acting skills “seriously”.
“I haven’t noticed such things (people holding his work in high regard). But even if I notice that, I won’t give it any importance. If people feel the need to create such an opinion, so be it. It doesn’t matter to me. But, having said that, if you become a kind of benchmark, it is a good thing,” he says.