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I am yet to get my due in India: Irrfan Khan

Irrfan Khan,one of the few Indians to have carved a niche in global cinema feels that he is yet to get his due.

Written by Agencies | New Delhi |
September 2, 2009 1:50:13 pm

Irrfan Khan,one of the few Indian actors to have carved a niche for himself in global cinema with movies like ‘The Warrior’ and ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ feels that he is yet to get his due back home.

“It does pinch me because I have got global recognition but the same cannot be said about India. I struggled for years in the industry but I started getting noticed only after I won an international award for ‘The Warrior’,” Irrfan said in an interview.

But the actor is happy that he is finally getting the kind of work he had always wanted to do in the Indian film industry.

“I am happy despite that because I am finally getting the kind of work that I enjoy doing. There was a time when I was doing films just to be seen,just to be in circulation. I don’t have to do that anymore,” says Irrfan.

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The actor will next be seen in the thriller ‘Acid Factory’ and the biopic ‘Paan Singh Tomar’.

Irrfan,who has worked with superstar Angelina Jolie in the critically acclaimed film ‘The Mighty Heart’,also has his hands full as far as Hollywood projects go.

He is working in Meera Nair’s ‘I Love New York’ opposite Natalie Portman and Jennifer Lynch’s ‘Hiss’ with Bollywood siren Mallika Sherawat.

The 46-year-old actor also believes that Bollywood tends to “demonise” him while Hollywood has been able to bring out his human vulnerability on screen.

The actor who won a Screen Actor’s Guild Award for his role in the multiple Oscar winning film ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ says that Bollywood has typecast him as a villain,though he does not understand why.

“Bollywood enjoys demonising me,though I have no clue why. Maybe they think that my looks are devilish,but the international filmmakers find me perfect to play sensitive human characters and they want to cast me as the good guy,” he says.

Irrfan won a Filmfare Award for the Best Villain in 2004 for his role in the film ‘Haasil’ and played a conniving cop in ‘New York’,his latest release but he says that he does not mind the stereotype.

“I don’t mind it because it allows me variety,I get to play both the good guy as well as the devil,” says Irrfan adding that he has no plans to quit India to further his career in Hollywood.

“I will never shift to Los Angeles. I have worked my way up here without a god father and I will never give up my career in India because all that I have achieved today has taken years of hard work. Moroever,I have interesting work coming my way,” said Irrfan.

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