11 May, 2021

The Double R Effect

Move over SRK and Aamir. The international buzz is Irrfan’s.

The Double R Effect

Every film festival is as much about the films missed as about those seen. It is as much about official statements and interviews, press conferences and red carpets as about unconfirmed gossip picked up at leisurely evening parties or over hasty lunches and coffee breaks. And so one heard in Toronto that Asghar Farhadi—the celebrated Iranian filmmaker of such cinematic gems as About Elly, A Separation and now The Past—has said how much he liked Irrfan Khan’s performances and would want to work with him one day.

Irrfan Khan is quite the man of the Indian moment in Toronto. In a party at the upscale Le Selecte Bistro for his new film Qissa, premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), Irrfan is asked if his American agents have got busier, if he is reading more internatio­nal scripts. He nods and smiles and talks about Asif Kapadia’s possible screen adaptation of Abraham Ver­ghese’s novel Cutting for Stone. It’s early days yet and the sprawling work could well end up as a TV...

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