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I dropped Khan from my name so my work gets recognition: Irrfan

I dropped my surname when I joined the industry 10 years ago. I wanted my work and not my surname to fetch me recognition- Irrfan, actor

bollywood Updated: Aug 08, 2013 01:08 IST
Minakshi Saini Kathait
Minakshi Saini Kathait
Hindustan Times

While many actors in Bollywood swear by their powerful surnames and proudly take their family legacy along to gain popularity, actor Irrfan is different. "I dropped my surname when I joined the industry 10 years ago. I wanted my work and not my surname to fetch me recognition. I don’t believe in the power of a surname. What makes you powerful are your deeds and karma," says the 46-year-old, who was credited as Irrfan Khan in the 2012 Hollywood film, The Amazing Spider-Man.

Having worked with the likes of Angelina Jolie (A Mighty Heart) and Ang Lee (Life of Pi), does the acclaimed actor plan to shift base to Hollywood? "It’s not easy to change base. Also, not many people enjoy the privilege of working in both the industries, but I do. I am lucky to have that choice. I can stay anywhere depending on the work I get," says Irrfan.

Known for doing character-oriented roles, Irrfan says he’s not sure if he will ever take up a commercial rom-com. "I’m open to doing love stories but I’m not sure of doing a rom-com. It depends on who approaches me and whether I will connect with that script or not. If I have something to contribute in a romcom, I will surely do it, but no one has ever approached me for such films," he says. Asked about his famous friendship with Hollywood actors Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, Irrfan says, "I don’t want to talk about my relationship with them."

Irrfan, who started his career on Indian television, and is now working on the international TV series, In Treatment, is all set to return to the desi small screen. He would be seen introducing a show called Emergency Room for National Geographic Channel. The 12-part series will showcase the happenings inside a hosptial’s emergency ward. "The series does not show gory visuals, instead it will talk about little things that will educate you and help you handle medical emergencies. If you use this knowledge, it can make a big difference to a victim’s life," said Irrfan who was in the Capital to launch the show.

First Published: Aug 07, 2013 16:26 IST