Irrfan Khan recently made news when producer Vashu Bhagnani alleged that the actor did not turn up for the London shoot of his upcoming film, Welcome to Karachi. Irrfan, however, sets the record straight.
Why did you leave the film?
All the work was done haphazardly. They didn’t show me any audition tapes. A heroine was finalised in London. I asked Vashuji who this girl is. “She is my responsibility...” is all he told me. So I was like, “It’s not going to work like this.” Then, he told me, “If you want to do the film, do it. If you don’t, then you can opt out.” So I asked him to go ahead without me.
Why did you attend the film’s mahurat ceremony then?
He told me the media would ask why I wasn’t there. He asked me to come for it, and not disclose anything to the media. At that time, he also asked me to do a supporting role in the film, and I agreed. On the day of the mahurat, I even returned the money (paid earlier as a signing fee for the lead role). Everything was fine until he came out with this story. I was never supposed to go (to London). That was clear on the mahurat day.
Were you a part of the film before Bhagnani came on board?
I was working on the script for the past one-and-a half years, along with Ashish (R Mohan, director). But Ashish and the previous producer had their differences, so Vashuji came on board. He wanted Arshad Warsi in place of Kunal Roy Kapur. I said okay, but hereafter, the developments didn’t suit me. I wanted some specific actors, because not everyone could do this kind of comedy.
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Have you clarified this matter with Bhagnani?
I messaged him to check (about what he said) … but he didn’t get back. I worked on the script… I wanted to do the film, and that’s why I was with it till this point. He talks about his losses. I also allotted a whole month to the film. Have I not also faced a loss?