January 18, 2010

Irrfan moves from Mira Nair to Deepa Mehta

Irrfan Khan has been offered a major role in Deepa Mehta's film adaptation of "Midnight's Children". But this means the actor won't be seen playing the lead in the next film by Mira Nair, with whom he did "The Namesake", as the two would be shot at the same time.

Deepa met Irrfan earlier this month and offered him the role in the movie adapted from Salman Rushdie's Booker Prize winning book. Ironically, this happened just about the same time that Mira's offer to Irrfan to play the lead in her prestigious international project "The Reluctant Fundamentalist" fell through.

Apparently Mira had discussed the role of the progressive Pakistan protagonist with Irrfan and had even offered him the script. And even Irrfan too doesn't deny the fact that Mira had offered him the film.

"While shooting with me she did bring it up. But that's it. After that there has been no word from her on it. I hold no grudges about it. What Mira has given me in 'The Namesake' and 'Kosher Vegetarian' is incredible. I enjoyed myself thoroughly doing these two films and I'm sure we'll work together some other time," Irrfan said.

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Pardesi said...

Trust Deepa to turn a beautiful book like Midnight's Children into some regressive sentimental stupid (ok you can add a censored word here)!!!! That woman has no clue about good film-making.

Caulfield said...

I liked Water and Earth a lot!! Fire was bakwaas. Haven't seen Videsh yet. But Earth was a classy film and Water was good. I prefer watching her films more than Mira Nair's. I was bored in Salaam Bombay.

Pardesi said...

:-o is all I can say! Earth was very good, but Deepa was dealing with original material from a fantastic writer Bapsi Sidhwa. Even there she made the film melodramatic and uselessly divisive. Mira is in a class much above Deepa's IMHO. Salaam Bombay, Monsoon Wedding and Namesake are masterful films.

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