Irrfan Khan has made a niche for himself, and how. Though not many are aware, the fact remains that his Hollywood flick 'Life of Pie' is still running at select theatres in the country and has managed to make some good moolah in India as well.
While the Oscars pitch is further adding fuel to the film's prospects worldwide, Irrfan has rightly managed to make a space for himself in world cinema as well.
"In the times when no one was really giving the film much of a chance whatsoever, especially when big ticket films like 'Jab Tak Hai Jaan' & 'Son of Sardaar' were already in the running and 'Talaash & 'Khiladi 786' were sandwiching it from the other end, 'Life of Pi' managed to secure a win amongst the masses as well as classes", says a prominent filmmaker,
He is pretty much on the money here. Though till the release of 'Life of Pi' there were rumours about the length of Irrfan's presence in the film, as it turned out he was pretty much there from start to finish with his 'presence' as a 'sutradhaar'.
Other than the part in the film, Irrfan also fondly remembers the time that he spent with the Oscar winning director Ang Lee.
"When I was walking on the streets of New York along with him, there was nothing about his persona or any kind of air that he carried which would have made a regular person on the street believe that he was Ang Lee out there", Irrfan says in a truly impressed tone, "He wouldn't even bother whether he had a car to his disposal or not.
If there was none available, he would just walk. Everyone out there was just enamoured by his humble conduct. I could sense that when my own staff which was travelling with me commented on the same. We were all mesmerised by his simplicity".