Irrfan Khan, who has been to the
Oscar red carpet twice in five years for Slumdog Millionaire
and Life of Pi, believes it is a good time for Indian actors
to work in Hollywood as the country is in fashion there.
The 46-year-old's recent Hollywood venture Life of Pi
won multiple Oscars including the best director trophy and
Irrfan feels that Hollywood is expanding its market.
"Hollywood is the biggest market. They know how to expand
it and they have been doing it for years now... Spain was in
fashion so they had actors from Spain after that China came...
They are trying to see different possibilities, they want to
go beyond... they want to give variety to the audience.
"India is the biggest market... India is in fashion now.
They are looking for possibilities, there will be lot many
films which will be made in India, story will be based in
India and actors will be from India," Irrfan said at the India
Today Conclave 2013.
The actor, who is famous for his out-of-the box roles in
movies like Paan Singh Tomar and recently released Sahib
Biwi Aur Gangster Returns, said he did not mind playing
character roles but such roles are not counted worthy enough
"As a character actor you don't count in Bollywood. You
are just there to prop the protagonist. Here, being a
character actor is no fun, since you are worth nothing. But in
Hollywood as a character actor also you have an existence, you
are an equal part of the story," he added.
While addressing the session 'Global Indian Icon: India
ignores till the world applauds?', Irrfan said he never felt
sidelined in the industry ever and blames himself for not
trying to fit in.
"It wasn't that India didn't applaud. India wasn't the
problem, I was. In my case the problem was the kind of work
that I wanted to do. The issue was unless and until my films
made money, they wouldn't be picked anywhere let alone in the
West. The difference is that now there is marketing and hence
films make more money."
Irrfan says he likes to make his own path in the industry
rather than being a part of something that has already been
"I want to walk on my path and whenever you walk on your
own path, it is going to be difficult. But I also realise your
films have to make money for you to be able to work your own
Irrfan started his acting journey with a brief but
impressive role in Mira Nair's debut film Salaam Bombay but
it was Tigmanshu Dhulia's Haasil in 2003 that first got him
noticed in Bollywood. He was noticed globally for his powerful
performance in British film The Warrior in 2001.
His international projects include Angelina Jolie starrer
A Mighty Heart, The Namesake, Slumdog Millionaire, New
York I Love You, The Amazing Spider-Man and Life of Pi
besides a TV show called In Treatment.