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Irrfan Khan takes the comic turn

Filmmaker Indra Kumar says the actor turned down a ‘khatarnak’ role in upcoming film, Grand Masti, because he wanted to do a comic role.

bollywood Updated: Jun 26, 2012 13:49 IST
Prashant Singh
Prashant Singh
Hindustan Times
Irrfan Khan,Indra Kumar,Grand Masti

Even though Irrfan Khan has been seen playing serious roles in the recent past, he has been a part of a few sporadic comedies like Life In A Metro (2007), Dil Kabaddi (2008) and Thank You (2010). It looks like the actor, after his stolid outing in Paan Singh Tomar, wants to experiment with comedy again. At least, that’s what filmmaker Indra Kumar seems to suggest.

Apparently, Kumar, known for hits like Dil (1990), Ishq (1997) and Dhamaal (2007) wanted to rope in Irrfan for an important role in Grand Masti (a sequel to his 2004 hit, Masti). But when he contacted the actor, Irrfan turned down the offer saying that he was looking for a comic role in the sequel.

The Namesake (2006) actor confirms this saying, “Yes, Indraji offered me a role in Grand Masti, but I am not doing the film. We will work together in the future.”

Although Irrfan refuses to get into details, Kumar is more forthcoming. “Irrfan is a fantastic actor. We tried to work together in the past too, but things never materialised. This time around, he wasn’t very keen to play the ‘khatarnak’ role offered to him. He wants to do a comic turn. In fact, he told me, ‘Indraji, aapke saath ek funny role karna hai (I want a comic role in your project),’” says Kumar.

“Most of the comic sequences in the sequel have gone to the three leads, Vivek Oberoi, Riteish Deshmukh and Aftab Shivdasani. But I haven’t given up hope. Irrfan is one of the finest actors, and I’ll surely work with him in the future,” says Kumar who plans to start filming from August 1.

Although rumours suggest that Kumar had approached Sanjay Dutt before approaching Irrfan, he calls the news “completely untrue.” The 2004 film had also starred Ajay Devgn, Lara Dutta, Genelia D’Souza and Amrita Rao.

First Published: Jun 26, 2012 11:32 IST