"I don't apply any tags to myself. I don't like it. I challenge tags. I don't want to get tied to any tag. I am an actor. I just want people to see my films. Whether I am an entertainer, performer, actor or star I don't care as long as audience loves my work," Irrfan said in an interview.
Irrfan says the industry tries to bracket an actor in some slot, but he did not get trapped in it.
"I think somewhere the industry also sees you as a product, they want to use you as a product and you keep fighting against it. You keep trying to do something new. I feel you should never allow yourself to get into any slot," he said.
Today when Rs 100 crore has become the new definition of box office success, Irrfan feels this benchmark is 'ridiculous' and that it harms the purpose of story-telling.
"The tag of Rs 100 crore is ridiculous and it will not do well for the film industry. I think film-making is a combination of creativity and money. So you cannot just reduce the power of the story with the tag of money. It cannot be valued just by tag of money. It is not a share market," the 46-year-old said.
"If a film of Rs 100 crore earns Rs 200 crore its good, if a film of Rs 10 crore earns Rs 25-40 crore it is also good. If a film recovers the money and leaves something for the audience to remember then it is very good. I think this is something that should be encouraged. This tag of Rs 100 crore might harm to story telling," he said.
The actor wants the audience to remember his films for the story it had and not how much business it did at the box-office.
"If someday my films earn Rs 100 crore I will still reject this tag. As according to me the films that I do or will do should be recognized by its story. If it is just by the money it has made I think it is disrespect to the story teller," he said.
Irrfan would be seen next in Tigmanshu Dhulia's Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns, Bullet Raja, Yash Raj Films' Gunday and Nikhil Advani's D Day.