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Irrfan Khan: It has been a roller coaster, memorable … We cry a little and laugh a lot | Hindi Movie News

In all these years, one never connected with Irrfan Khan with questions in mind. The conversations would be free; about life, life, learning, evolution and, along the way, we also talk about movies.

But after an illness took him out of the country to receive treatment, one had to think about questions to communicate with him, and it felt like a challenge. So, I did the following better, I wrote him a letter, interweaving some questions and he answered them, accepting that the interviews are about conversations. But, transmitting a smile through an emoji, he observed that “from where I stand each challenge challenges our creativity.”

After a year and a half, he has a film, ‘Angrezi Medium’, which will be released, produced by his filmmaker ‘Hindi Medium’, Dinesh Vijan. And although he hopes everyone will enjoy it, Irrfan is also anticipating some “healthy reviews.” The film revolves around a father-daughter relationship, and the latter aspires to go abroad for higher education. Does Irrfan think it is important to give our children an education abroad, with reference to the film and their own children, Babil and Ayan, in particular? One could imagine him sitting in front, frowning in concentration, while reflecting: “Is it important? No. Is it crucial? No. It is very subjective … It depends on where your child’s passion resides. But it is not essential, sure. ”

He shared that his eldest son wanted to specialize in films and had entered the London (Film) School without his help. “Since it is the alma mater of Asif Kapadia (its director of The Warrior), I thought it would be good for Babil. But if one goes (to study abroad) just because it’s great, I think it’s a waste of time, “Irrfan said with the practicality that one has associated with him, saying that his son would definitely like to come back.” He misses a lot. India. He is working hard and is not a famous child in high school abroad, which works for me, ”he added.

It’s been more than two years since we met, the last interaction was just before ‘Hindi Medium’ and I wondered if I remembered ‘Roshomilla’, which is how it has always been addressed to me. “I can’t forget Roshomilla, but it is likely that I will call you Rosogolla again by mistake because that is what my Bengali wife (Sutapa Sikdar) is feeding me. As I am not well, every time I have a sweet craving, she insists that it’s healthy since the rosogollas are made of chhena (ricotta cheese) and not of mawa (powdered milk), “he wrote, and I could hear him laughing through the miles that separate us. of the.

On the subject of ‘Hindi Medium’, he said that the film had been well accepted since it touched the public, even more with parents, some of whose dreams had died because they could not put their children in the schools of their dreams. “Our country does not pay for our education, it is not free, so the education of a good school is like a medal for most middle class Indians and the admission process is traumatic,” Irrfan said.

In the movie, his Raj Batra, a nouveauriche boutique owner desperate to take his six-year-old daughter Pia to his wife’s school, takes the extreme step of moving with his family to a poorer neighborhood to take advantage the Right to Education Fee (TEN) for the disadvantaged. In response to my question of how similar Batra is, Irrfan shared that for him personally, it doesn’t matter if someone is from Welhams or Stephens. “I sent my children to an alternative school with almost no installation in the formative years. I met hundreds of successful children from public schools and very mediocre and highly stimulated children from private schools. So, essentially, it’s about the individual, the child. If someone has to flourish, they will, ”Irrfan said, emphasizing that, as a person, he would never do what Raj did in ‘Hindi Medium’. “But then, it’s not him and he’s not me. That is fun in acting! How to find the essence even if you are not the same. I’m not as smart as the character, but I know there are people like him, so I could relate to him. ”

He continued explaining the process of entering the character, saying that it is nice to be someone who shares some of his thoughts and vice versa. “The character evolves from his relationship with the actor. So, boom, it’s there, for the actor to follow him, “he said, adding that he is not an extrovert either, like Champak Bansal of ‘Angrezi Medium’.” But I’m a father and with that little essence, I kept going. The character happened and was played by Irrfan. ”

There are other ways in which the two films are different, although both carry the discussion on education forward in a cheerful way. “I had a wife (Saba Qamar) in Hindi Medium, so we were parents of our daughter Pia (Dishita Sehgal) while in ‘Angrezi Medium’ I am a single mother, so it is a major responsibility. And it is special because one does not want to lose time raising his son … You always fear being judged by the deceased partner. The child is not only your son, but also the memory of your wife. He wishes the best for his son, but at the same time, he does not want to let leave, since it is their only survival link, “he reasoned, adding that the children, Pia (Hindi Medium) and Tarika (Radhika) Madan) are also in different age groups, so they pose a different set of problems . “Actually, in ” Hindi Medium ” the problem is more related to parents, while in ‘Angrezi Medium’, the concern for the child is the biggest crisis. The most interesting part was that my character, Champak, wants to play the child’s mother in a patriarchal society. This has its own unique problems. ”

It has been almost two years since Irrfan went to treatment for neuroendocrine tumor. I wondered how he saw life today and the people he was with, particularly his wife Sutapa and his children. “It has been a memorable roller coaster. Happy moments were underlined due to the inherent uncertainty. We cried a little and laughed a lot. We became a huge body,” he shared.

He continued writing that he has become less critical as a person because things have stopped caring so much. “You detect the noises … You are selective about what you want to filter. I have been through tremendous anxiety but somehow I have managed to control it, so let it go. You are playing hopscotch all the time,” Irrfan said. However, the extraordinary situation, he admitted, has made his children extraordinary in their own way. “And the best part is that I’ve literally had all the time to see them evolve … A crucial moment for a teenager, like the youngest . The elder is no longer a teenager. “One could see him smiling, the smile of a father, as he conveyed this.

And his wife? “What to say about Sutapa? She is there 24/7. She has evolved in caring and if I can live, I want to live for her. She is the reason for me to stay still, “he declared emotionally.

One had missed these introspective conversations with him and promises that the next time he is in Mumbai, one would pass the fish curry he had longed for once. “I wish one day we would eat the fish curry and you would say ‘Bon Appetit’. Amen to that.” Irrfan closed the session.

Times of India

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