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Irrfan Khan says Indian filmmakers must become innovative in storytelling

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New Delhi: Internationally acclaimed actor Irrfan Khan feels Indian filmmakers should not just stick to the basics while making a film, but should rather try on to get in more innovative approach to make Indian films known globally.

“If there is any field which becomes stagnant, it will pound to come down. Indian films need to reach the world audience and for that it needs to find a new language,” Irrfan said here at the NDTV Indian of the Year 2015 awards on Tuesday.

“It (Indian filmmakers) needs to find a new way of storytelling. It’s very necessary to find the bigger audience. We can’t keep on making similar kinds of films all the time. We need to find something innovative, like the way audience gaze is evolving and is changing our storytelling ideas,” he added.

“It is bringing new actors and encouraging them,” Irrfan, best known for his roles in Oscar-winning films like “Slumdog Millionaire” and “Life of Pi”, said.

The actor, who had a wonderful last year with all his films – “Piku”, “Talvar”, “Jazbaa” and Hollywood film “Jurassic World” – doing well both commercially as well as critically, was given the Actor of the Year award by former Indian cricketer Sourav Ganguly.

Asked about his acting style, Irrfan said: “I’m bored with things very easily. I can’t repeat things. For me acting is a way of exploring things.”

“Sometimes when an actor make a comment or pass his opinion, I have heard people saying that ‘he is an actor so he should do only acting’. I feel very strange because for actors everything and anything is their subject matter,” he added.

Asked to share his views on the ongoing ‘intolerance’ debate, Irrfan said: “Everybody should have the right to speak their mind and concerns. If you are told to shut up, then these are not good signs for a growing society.”

“Once (‘Life of Pi’ director) Ang Lee was asked why you don’t speak about your country’s politics when he was here? He said, ‘We don’t speak about politics. We should feel safe to say whatever we want to say. We should be free to express ourselves’.”

Irrfan will next be seen in Hollywood film “Inferno” alongside Tom Hanks.(IANS)(Photo: www.filmymonkey.com)

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Fiction Can’t Beat Facts: Rajkumar Hirani

"People make fictional stories to entertain the audience but a documentary filmmaker makes documentary which is closer to his or her heart."

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  • Rajkumar Hirani is famous Indian film director
  • He is currently shotting Sanjay Dutt’s biopic
  • The biopic will star Ranbir Kapoor and is said to based on true facts

Filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani, who is busy shooting for a biopic on actor Sanjay Dutt, says fiction can’t beat facts.

Hirani attended a special screening of the documentary titled “Raising The Bar”, hosted by filmmaker Onir and producer Mitu Bhowmick Lange in association with Australian Consulate General Mumbai on Thursday.

Rajkumar Hirani is working on Sanjay dutt's biopic.
Rajkumar Hirani is working on Sanjay dutt’s biopic.

Asked about the importance of making documentaries, Hirani said: “I feel why should we see only fiction? We should watch documentaries because they can be very interesting as well.”

“Earlier, they never used to get platforms but I think they should get a platform so that more and more people can come forward to make documentaries. I think documentaries are really engaging as they are real, and fiction can’t beat facts.”

The “3 Idiots” director said documentary filmmakers make films that are close to their heart.

“Documentary filmmakers choose subjects which they feel about, which they are affected by or which they have seen around them. So, I feel it’s nice that people come to know about these things,” he said.

Rajkumar Hirani has made brilliant movies like '3 idiots' in the past. Wikimedia Commons
Rajkumar Hirani has made brilliant movies like ‘3 idiots’ in the past. Wikimedia Commons

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“People make fictional stories to entertain the audience but a documentary filmmaker makes documentary which is closer to his or her heart.”

Will he ever make a documentary?

Hirani said: “I am really fond of it. I want to make it and I will definitely make it. I have many subjects to tell and when the time will be right, I will speak more about it.”

“Raising The Bar” is a poignant tale which follows awe-inspiring stories of six young individuals with Down syndrome from two different continents who all meet at the World Down Syndrome Congress in Chennai.

Rajkumar Hirani is famous for films which are out of ordinary. Wikimedia Commons
Rajkumar Hirani is famous for films which are out of ordinary. Wikimedia Commons

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The documentary aims to create awareness and emotionally engage the audience with the universal message of inclusion and diversity, celebrating the differences that make us all unique.

Helmed by National Award-winning director Onir, “Raising The Bar” is a 70-minute documentary which has won several awards internationally. IANS