Great NYT interview with one of Bollywood’s most interesting and intriguing actors today: Irrfan Khan. Here in America, we know him from Mira Nair’s brilliant movie The Namesake, based on Jhumpa Lahiri’s novel, Slumdog Millionaire, and In Treatment, where he delivered a powerful performance as Sunil, the reluctant patient. He was the heart and soul of that series in my view and I stopped watching after he left.
Irrfan Khan plays all his characters with complexity and non-chalance, with introspection and passion. There is nobody like him. Selective in the roles he accepts, he will always surprise you, enchant you, transfix you. He is my unsung hero in a filmi industry that is flamboyant and yet shallow at times. You will not see him in boisterous masala films. You will discover him the way he wants to be discovered. In intelligent ways.
His filmography is as long as the Ganges and begins in 1988 with Salaam Bombay. Irrfan Khan is a big name in India but was little known here in the US until Slumdog Millionaire hit the theaters. It opened doors for him and his talent was quickly recognized. We will be seeing much more of him in the future. Starting with Ang Lee’s Life of Pi and Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man.
The movies I highly recommend apart from all those mentioned above:
Yeh Saali Zindagi
Life in a Metro