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Irrfan Khan's war with stereotypes

By IANS
Source : COLUMNS
Last Updated: Wed, Sep 09, 2009 05:09 hrs

Irrfan Khan, who played an inspector in Danny Boyle's Oscar-winning movie Slumdog Millionaire and an FBI agent in New York, says he has always been making a conscious effort to break away from his serious image.

"I'm consciously breaking away from an image since the day I started my acting career," said Irrfan.

"When I was working on TV, everybody used to make me a doctor. Then I was sick of playing a doctor. In films, they used to cast me as a sober and sensitive guy. But that wasn't exciting because playing filmy 'shareef' (innocent) is so boring.

"Then they gave me villain's roles. Then I did comedy. So it's a continuous effort not to get typecast. So I have been fighting from getting typecast since the beginning and I will continue doing it," he added.

The seasoned actor, who has done movies as varied as Salaam Bombay, Maqbool, Life In A Metro, The Namesake, Dil Kabaddi and New York, says he loves to do action adventure movies because they don't typecast an actor.

His forthcoming releases include Acid Factory and Paan Singh Tomar, which are both action-based movies.


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