The only way an actor can continue being as versatile as Irrfan is by reinventing himself. His struggles have been many, but in his career that spans across continents today, the actor says that one of his biggest victories is that he hasn’t been typecast. “If I kept serving an image of mine, then it would have become a damn boring experience. I would have been typecast, but it was a constant struggle on my part to demolish whatever image I had. I need to reinvent myself. As an actor, we need to redefine definitions of love, revenge and other such emotions onscreen.
For instance, if I have to pick a love story, then I will do it with the intention of redefining it. When I was offered the main role in ‘Yeh Saali Zindagi’ (2011) by Sudhir Mishra, I told him that I wanted to do the other role. I did ‘Maqbool’ because though the story is of strong ambition, I saw a great love story in it. I took up Lunch Box and Piku because they were also love stories, where the typical concept of love is redefined,” explains the actor. Ask him if he’s a romantic at heart and he laughs and tells us, “Yes, I am. I think Hindi cinema has made me romantic. As kids, we weren’t allowed to watch films. I have tried to write letters and stuff like that, but largely, I have only imagined romantic gestures. Jo rehta hai aapke andar woh real life mein nai hota. For me, a lot of romance comes from songs. In different phases in life, you relate to different songs.”
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