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Song and dance asset for Indian cinema: Irrfan

india Updated: Jun 18, 2009 20:52 IST

Actor Irrfan Khan said that elements of song and dance, if used properly can prove as an asset for Indian cinema, which even Hollywood can emulate.

"Unlike Hollywood, our films are warmer in emotions with lot of music. They can be an asset if used properly," the actor, who has starred in several Hollywood films, told PTI.

Irrfan feels that the characters in Indian mainstream films are larger than life while in Hollywood movies, the makers try to make their characters more credible.

He agreed that Hollywood films have technical finesse which Bollywood will take a while to equal.

He said his upcoming film New York was an issue based film which was a dramatised thriller made in a style which a layman can understand. "It is very close to how Hollywood movies are made," he said.

Speaking about his character Roshan, Irrfan said one can draw parallel to the role he essayed in A Mighty Heart starring Angelina Jolie.

"I play an American of Pakistani origin who has moderate views on religion," he said.

Irrfan says he does not consider the film as being based on 9/11 but about the American foreign policy and what it did to the world.

"My character Roshan is part of the American establishment. He can see the extremists and the system and is trying to do his duty by dealing with the terror differently," he said.

Irrfan said moderate Muslims are suffering because a pro-life philosophy has been turned upside down by certain sections of the community.

"The moderates feel helpless and that is what the character Roshan portrays," he said.

Apart from the character what appealed him to be part of the New York cast is that his CV required a big banner like Yash Raj.

"It is like saying that an independent candidate no matter how good he is, cannot win the election if he is not contesting on the ticket of national parties like Congress or BJP," he said.