Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Irrfan Khan: Best among his Hollywood co-stars in Wes Anderson's Darjeeling Limited

Two months after the release of Irrfan Khan's latest international film, The Darjeeling Limited, which was shot in India, the verdict is out.

In a brief role, the fast-rising Indian actor has beaten his well-known co-stars namely Owen Wilson, Jason Schwartzman and Adrien Brody!

While the reviews have largely panned the film and performances, Irrfan has been singled out for praise.

The Times, UK says, "There's only one performance that rings true in this shambolic odyssey. It's incidental and it's played by….Irrfan Khan."

But the downsized part could be a downer for the actor's fans.

The international audience which warmed up to Irrfan's scintillating performance in Mira Nair's The Namesake and Michael Winterbottom's A Mighty Heart, are disappointed by the length of Irrfan's role in his new international film, British director Wes Anderson 's just released comedy, The Darjeeling Limited.

Irrfan, who now wants to do only centralized characters, has a walk-on part n this film. How come?

"Yes, the role in Darjeeling Limited is small. But it's a very decisive moment in the script and the critics have loved my work. Even an actor of Bill Murray's stature has a walk-on part in this movie.

So, I see no reason for audiences or me to feel let down. I did it with my eyes open. I wanted to work with director Wes Anderson ever since I saw his earlier comedy, Rushmore. And you know what? He wrote this role especially for me!" says Irrfan.

Irrfan sure has come a long way.

"I don't know about that," he shrugs. "For me, international recognition isn't a be-all. I'm currently shooting with Sunny Deol and it's a dream-come-true for me to be working with him."

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