'Piku is the most joyful film of my life'

'Piku is the most joyful film of my life'

Shifts in cinema

Irrfan Khan recently furthered his support to Ariel’s new #ShareTheLoad pack, in which he carries an ‘Odd-Even’ laundry calendar. During the launch, he is encouraging men to do laundry on odd days and women on even days, Khan said that because it makes it easier for dads like him, who want to help with household chores, like laundry.

Off-beat roles are his forte, playing simplistic and natural characters is what Khan is known for. From his recent, Piku to blockbusters in the past like, The Lunchbox, Paan Singh Tomar and Life in a...Metro, Khan is known to have his own style of acting. He and his wife, Sutapa, share with Metrolife how there has been a shift in the media, about portraying Indian society and what efforts is
Bollywood making on the same.
Excerpts:

There seems to be a shift in portrayal of Indian society in media. Is Indian cinema working on similar line?

Irrfan

Indian cinema is changing, they are understanding the audience’s sensibility. Audience today wants to see the society changing and cinema to reflect it. That’s why we have films like Piku. Earlier when we used to have female oriented films, they used to be more issue-based. Today actresses like Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone and Kangana Ranaut are capable of carrying their films on their own.

Sutapa Also I feel with the advent of new filmmakers coming, a tender gender sensitisation is happening in the content. For instance, in the movie Dum Laga ke Haisha, we see a fat woman. 10 years ago, we wouldn’t have thought of a fat woman in the lead role. So, stereotypes are breaking in cinema now.

Are you working on a similar movie like Piku?

Irrfan I would love to do it. If Shoojit Sirkar makes Piku 2 or Piku 3, I would love to be a part of it. It is the most entertaining, pleasing and joyful film of my life. But these kinds of films are rare films, because of their combination of writing and direction. They create something very unique. Piku didn’t have a very conventional story. There was no drama in the movie, on which films usually bank on. One cannot expect these kinds of films coming every day. And if this happens in our industry, that would be great.

Can you name a few directors who are working on this?

Irrfan The new generation of directors like Dibakar Banerjee, Shimit Amin, Anurag Kashyap, Shoojit Sirkar, Ayan Mukerji, Sharat Katariya are all working towards this.

What about the kind of ‘image’, do you think you carry in Bollywood?

Irrfan I’m not okay with images. I keep breaking my image and my whole challenge is that whatever image I create, I try to deconstruct it. This is what keeps me excited about my work and that’s what I want the audience to expect from me. They should always be ready for surprises from my side.

What directors are you keen to work with?

Irrfan A long time back I have left back planning and expectations. If you can let life happen the way it happens, then it is much more enriching than it could be.

Your upcoming movies?

Irrfan Inferno and ‘Madari’ are two films that are soon going to come.

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