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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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Amritsar Train Tragedy Leaves Bollywood Industry in Shock

Here's how the celebrities reacted:

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Amritsar train tragedy: Bollywood shocked, calls for better safety. Twitter

The deplorable train tragedy in Amritsar in which 60 people were crushed to death and several others injured, brings the focus to how safety in public places needs to be taken more seriously in the country, say Bollywood celebrities who have sent out prayers for the victims.

The film fraternity expressed shock over the incident which took place on the festival of Dussehra on Friday. A 700 strong crowd was watching a huge Ravana effigy go up in flames amid exploding crackers when on the Joda Phatak track near Dhobi Ghat the Jalandhar-Amritsar DMU passenger train heading to Hoshiarpur from Amritsar came hurtling down around 7 p.m.

In just 10-15 seconds, it left behind a heap of crushed and dismembered bodies.

Here’s how the celebrities reacted:

Farhan Akhtar: Saddened to hear about the loss of life in Amritsar. Safety in public spaces has to be taken a lot more seriously. Deepest condolences to all families affected by this tragedy.

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Anil Kapoor: A tragic incident that could have been avoided if only. Sending my thoughts and prayers to the families of the deceased and wishing a speedy recovery for the ones injured.

Alia Bhatt: The Amritsar train accident is heartbreaking. Terrible thing to have happened. This is just another example our extremely poor attitude towards caution and safety. Prayers for all those suffering.

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Shekhar Kapur: Absolutely horrific tragedy. Heart goes to the kin of those that dies and injured. Let’s not politicise this tragic event that has left more than 60 dead and huge numbers seriously injured… obviously there will be an inquiry later.

Diana Penty: Absolutely shocked at hearing the news of the train accident in Amritsar. I just cannot fathom how something like this could have happened. My deepest condolences to all the families that have lost their loved ones. Love and prayers. (IANS)

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