Actor Irrfan Khan, who has carved a niche for himself in Bollywood and Hollywood with meaningful roles, says he does not want to be tagged as a star or get bracketed in a particular slot.
“I don’t apply any tags to myself. I don’t like it. I challenge tags. I don’t want to get tied to any tag. I am an actor. I just want people to see my films. I don’t care if I am called an entertainer, performer, actor or star as long as the audience loves my work,” said Irrfan.
The actor however says that he loaths the fact that in Bollywood, performers are typecast and trapped in images. “I think somewhere the industry also sees you as a product, they want to use you as a product and you keep fighting against it. You keep trying to do something new. I feel you should never allow yourself to get into any slot,” he said.
Tell him that today Rs 100 crore has become the new definition of box office success, and the 46-year-old says that he finds the benchmark ‘ridiculous’ and that it harms the purpose of story telling. “The tag of Rs 100 crore is ridiculous and it will not do well for the film industry. I think film-making is a combination of creativity and money. So you cannot negate the power of the story with the tag of money,” he said.