Actor Irrfan Khan is one actor who stuns you with his performance every single time. Be it in Bollywood or Hollywood, Khan definitely has made a mark for himself. And now the actor is gearing up for his next release – ‘Piku’ with Deepika Padukone and Amitabh Bachchan. In an exclusive chat, Irrfan talks about his experience of shooting for this Shoojit Sircar film, on working with Big B and Deepika and much more. Excerpts from an interview:
You are working with Amitabh Bachchan, Deepika Padukone, Shoojit Sircar for the first time. How was the experience?
I am working with all of them for the first time and it was an outstanding experience. This is the film which we never wanted to finish. We wanted to shoot it every single day. The material which we had as a story was so entertaining, pleasant and joyful that we didn’t feel like finishing. The shoot was organized and the way it was planned was fantastic.
The film is a road trip and Kolkata plays a huge narrative in the movie. What do you think of the city and the entire experience of shooting the city as a character?
I want to clear one thing that the film is not about a road trip. Road trip is just a part of the film. Also I have been to Kolkata but the way I experienced it this time, I have never experienced it before. I could see certain elements in Kolkata which I have never seen before. Though Kolkata is a city, it carries that ruralness in it. There is something Indian about the city.
Do you think Shoojit Sircar has played a part in this changed perception of you about the city?
No, not at all. Shoojit was busy shooting for the film. It was my own interaction with the city which changed my perception. For Shoojit, Kolkata is important both in his films and personal life, but how he feels about the city is something that I don’t know.
How was your interaction with Amitabh Bachchan, who has been a great admirer of your work too?
I think when you are working with such a great actor, whose films you have watched since childhood, you don’t entertain the sheer thought of ‘Big B praising you’ get into your mind while you are working. He is such a hardworking actor and the kind of role he had, it was like amazing. Apart from shoots, I used to instigate him to share anecdotes from his past films, which Bachchan Sir used to happily share. They were fantastic. I asked him to write a book of all the incidences. They are so heartwarming and mesmerizing. I had a great time working with him, both as an actor and as a human being.
And what about Deepika Padukone?
I enjoyed working with Deepika Padukone and Moushmi Chatterjee too. Deepika, who is the number one actress, could keep on doing glamorous roles. But she chose to experiment. Her eagerness to explore herself as an actor is fantastic. She has done a wonderful job in ‘Piku’ and everybody is going to talk about her after watching the film. In fact, if you see some of the scenes, there is a kind of finesse she has brought to her work which is very entertaining.
Shoojit Sircar told me in the interview that when you and Amitabh Bachchan met on the sets of ‘Piku’, it was a Robert Di Nero and Al Pacino moment for him. How do you react to this compliment?
I don’t think I can be compared with those great masters. But if somebody does it then you feel that you must have done something good. But you will take several births to reach to their level. The kind of scripts and roles they get is an altogether a different level. Unfortunately, in India we don’t have those kinds of scripts. Realistic films have become a passé. Though now, since the younger generation is ready to experiment, filmmakers are also willing to write believable stories.