BY ADEDIWURA OKELEYE
Award winning Bollywood and Hollywood actor, Irrfan Ali Khan shot into international limelight with Asif Kapadia‘s The Warrior in 2001. The offer came at a time the actor was ready to throw in the acting towel but he eventually bounced back and he hasn’t been the same since then.
Recently he spoke to Bollywood.com about the Western movie industry and the challenges he feels are dwarfing the industry’s progress.
When he was asked about doing Indie films and the constant low budget the films usually had, he said, “The budgets are increasing; it takes time. Here, everything becomes a formula, and people cash in on that. If one kind of film works, others with similar subjects start coming out. That’s when a producer has to be cautious.”
Khan also mentioned that in order to move ahead with budgeting, producers need to understand the importance of a good story saying, “You need an enterprising producer to understand stories and subjects. When that happens, you will see the change. Otherwise, a Hollywood production house wouldn’t have invested $100 million in a project with my name, Tabu’s name or Ang Lee’s (Hollywood film-maker) name, right? They understood the potential of the subject of Life Of Pi (2012).”
When he was asked about the constant pressure to deliver after acting in many critically acclaimed films, he said, “I need to remain engaged. Once this need is fulfilled, I’ll cater to the needs of others. I think I expect too much from myself. I need to be engaged through my work, and I can’t afford to be bored. I need to feel excited, because, for over 200 days a year, I am just working.”
He also explained that since he started producing films, he has tried to focus more on the quality and message of the movie rather than parading big names and sidelining the film’s subject.
The actor has featured in Slumdog Millionaire, Life Of Pi, The Lunchbox, Amazing Spider-Man, Jurassic World, Jungle Book among many others.