Irrfan Khan said in a throwback video that actors should not be called heroes. He also said that cinema has the potential to make viewers feel inferior, which he did not want to happen with his films.
When you watch Irrfan Khan on screen, you admire how he finds that extraordinary quality in everyday, ordinary man roles. And when you listen to him talking about it, you realise it was not a happy accident, the actor had a deep-seated philosophy that went into him creating characters which were special in their own way despite being a face in the crowd.
It will be a year soon since the actor passed away, leaving legions of his fans heartbroken. Irrfan’s filmography is the proof of his expertise in his craft, but listen to him and you realise the thought that went into making him the man and the actor he was.
Speaking to Indian Express, the actor had spoken about why it was important for him to create an on-screen image that was not larger-than-life. “When I started out in movies, I observed that there was a kind of disparity which comes when you watch a film, and you start feeling that the on-screen creatures are special and you (the viewer) are a substandard creature,” Irrfan said adding that for him the most important thing was to “communicate that whatever I am doing, I am not special, it is possible for you (the viewer). Only then it is worthwhile to be an actor.”