Irrfan Khan, who is venturing into production, wants to produce films with a strong storyline. However, he emphasises that a film needs to be commercially viable as well. “I’m not starting a full-fledged production house but it’s a co-production. I would like to support stories that I believe in. Films should be content-oriented but also commercial, otherwise how will we survive. Sadly, your film’s success is measured by the business it does,” says the 45-year-old.
He is happy with the way Indian cinema in changing. “The way the industry is changing now, I’m really hopeful. Audience wants subjects which are original and have their own language. Earlier we were copying from Hollywood, Korean films, etc. Now we are making films on our own people like Paan Singh Tomar (2012). There are so many films which are being made on true stories. Directors are looking at subjects within our society. Style of filmmaking is becoming much more detailed, credible and interesting,” he says.
Khan, who was last seen in the recently-released flick, D-Day, says it’s one-of-a-kind film. “I’m playing an Indian spy. A lot of research was done for this film to find out how the life of a spy is in reality. We personally met such people as there is no literature on them. Indian audience ne bahut kareeb se jasoos ki duniya ko nahi dekha kisi bhi film mein. We usually make a spy an action hero. James Bond bana dete hai. That’s not how their life is in reality,” he insists.
The Life of Pi actor tells us starring in filmmaker Asif Kapadia’s The Warrior (2001) was the turning point of his career. “Asif Kapadia is one of my favourite directors. He offered me a part which changed my life. It was the kind of work I had been waiting for,” Khan says.