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My head would spin if I dance around trees: Irrfan Khan

Irrfan Khan gets candid with Diganta Guha on Bollywood, commercial cinema and his next films, Sunday and Crazzy 4.

india Updated: Sep 11, 2007 12:41 IST
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Diganta Guha
Hindustan Times

Actor Irrfan, whose Apna Asmaan released on September 7, opens up to HT City about this movie in particular and Bollywood in general.

You have played a father in The Namesake and again in Apna Asmaan. However, the characters are different in the two films…Are all fathers similar?
This is another story about different concerns.

Apna Asmaan is all about parenting. Would you say it is unique in terms of treatment?
The subject is unique. It’s honest, topical and engaging!

I am told by a film expert that with The Namesake, Life in a Metro and now Apna Asmaan, Irrfan is going to be the actor of the year. Your comments?
I wish this phrase is repeated frequently for years till I get engrossed in something other than films.

Looking back, your character in Metro shouldn’t have done that dancing around at the end.
Did I dance at the end?

Would you be comfortable dancing around trees after so many years?
Not exactly around trees — my head would spin if I chose to dance round and round trees.

Does box-office success matter to you?
Expression and economics has been in conflict forever and it will remain like that. However, box office success without expression means little and with expression it does matter a lot. I would never want my producer to lose money, unless the subject is so urgent and compelling (which is rare).

Shobhana says it’s an honour to work with you. What do you have to say?
She is a liar!

What’s the latest on your film with Angelina Jolie? Is it releasing in India?
As soon as I get to know about it, I will tell you.

What are your forthcoming projects?
They include Sunday, Crazzy 4, Bangkok Blues and Right or Wrong.

Last but not the least, does the actor Irrfan believe in competition?

First Published: Sep 10, 2007 18:11 IST