Oct 062017
 

On Friday, the trailer of Irrfan Khan and Malayalam beauty Parvathy Menon’s rom-com film ‘Qarib Qarib Singlle’ was launched amidst much fanfare at a suburban multiplex. Irrfan and Parvathy’s characters are as quirky as the film’s title and they were at their casual best at the trailer launch.

Irrfan Khan
Irrfan Khan

The Hindi film industry is seeing a drastic downfall in earning good reviews and collections at the Box Office, whereas content-driven films are at par with the reviews and its collections. Irrfan is one such actor, who delivers critically as well as commercially driven films, with the recent one being ‘Hindi Medium’. When the actor was quizzed about the drastic change in the scenario and content being the king, this is what the prodigious actor said.

“The audience has evolved and welcomed the change a long time ago. The change has already started. Footfalls in the main Hindi films have ended. People want to relate themselves with what they are watching. Audience shifts to watching Hollywood films or either regional films. They do not connect with these films. I want to be a part of films, wherein the people can keep talking about it even after watching the film.”

He even cited it as examples being of Rajkummar Rao’s recent released films, which was commercially and critically equally acclaimed.

“Recently, Rajkummar Rao’s content-driven films have done exceeding well. Nobody thought it would do such a kind of a business,” reiterated the ‘Hindi Medium’ actor.

Also, an elated Parvathy said that she was immediately hooked up to the film by hearing its genre ‘rom-com’. It was after reading the script she learned that she had to star opposite the phenomenal Irrfan Khan.

The new-age light-hearted film is slated to release on November 10.

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Oct 032017
 

Irrfan Khan’s next after 2017 sleeper hit Hindi Medium is a contemporary concept film titled ‘Qarib Qarib Singlle’. The film is all set to release on 10th November 2017.

The film is touted to be a fun desi adventure and will feature the unusual pairing of National Award winner Irrfan Khan opposite Malayalam actress Parvathy.

The project marks a reunion of two power-packed actors from two sections of the Indian Film Industry with the teaming of Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan and Malayalam sensation Parvathy. The film also marks the Bollywood debut of the nuanced actress.

Confirming the news Director Tanuja Chandra says,”Qarib Qarib Singlle is a contemporary love story of two people who embark upon an unusual journey which becomes a mad adventure. I’ve made plenty violent thrillers – now onto to something that’s slice of life and fun!”

Sujay Kutty of Zee Studios shares, “We are excited to partner with Irrfan Khan after Hindi Medium. Audiences at present are drawn to high concept films and ours is a content driven film backed by powerful performers. Qarib Qarib Singlle is a special film for us.”

Presented by Zee Studios, ‘Qarib Qarib Singlle’ is A Jar Pictures production and is helmed by film maker Tanuja Chandra, the film is shot across real locations of Bikaner, Rishikesh and Gangtok.

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Sep 022017
 

Irrfan Khan

Irrfan Khan had been guarding his look in Karwan and even resorting to wearing surgical masks. Now that he has started shooting for Akarsh Khurana’s film, leaked snapshots from the set tell a different story. Khan looks like he normally does. So, what exactly was the actor hiding? The film also stars Malayalam actor Dulquer Salman.

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Aug 132017
 

To make a great film all you need is a great story and cast. And despite having a great script if you pick up a wrong cast and vice versa, your film is bound to tank at the box office. 

2017 hasn’t been a great year for Bollywood with so many films failing despite big star cast. But looks like someone has just announced the cast of the year and we totally love the idea of seeing them sharing screen space together. 

Well, you ain’t really a millennial if you don’t know who Mithila Palkar is. She is one of the most influential and favourite internet beings. From presenting the traditional Marathi folk song with cup beats to entertaining us in web series like Little Things and Girl In The City, she is one hell of an entertainer. And finally, she is all set to rock the silver-screen as well. We ain’t kidding, she has signed a film and we are too excited. 

Thank you for this amazing feature @rollingstonein ! 👗 @pepejeansindia 📸 @juietakesphotos

A post shared by Mithila Palkar (@mipalkarofficial) on May 16, 2017 at 10:51pm PDT

She also did a Marathi film opposite Amey Wagh, Muramba and now she will be seen with none other than Irrfan Khan. Isn’t that great? Well, that’s not it, making his debut in the same film will be Malayalam super star Dulquer Salmaan. 

Thank you Behindwoods for my Best Actor Critics award ! Feels epic to win a Gold Medal ! Was a lovely event and I had a blast. Always great catching up with friends from both Malayalam and Tamil industries. A big thanks to my buddy @osmanabdulrazak for my perfectly tailored suit and of course @kalyanidesai for styling me ! #behindwoods #awards #suited #walkingtheramp #feltspiffy #smance #worepinkforprincess #babyboo #suddenloveforpink #daddycool

A post shared by Dulquer Salmaan (@dqsalmaan) on Jun 13, 2017 at 12:28am PDT

Now doesn’t that really sound like a great cast and we just wonder what the script might be. After all these three together, the film already shouts ‘hit-hit-hit’. We already have very high hopes from the movie.

The film will also mark the directorial debut for Akarsh Khurana and will be produced by Ronnie Screwala.

Mithila also shared a post on Instagram and wrote, “Living the Bollywood Dream alongside these supremely talented superstars.”

Big props to those who created this post. Thank you! Living the Bollywood Dream alongside these supremely talented superstars @dqsalmaan @irrfan ! Big hug and pappi to @akvarious ………….. DULQUER SALMAAN TO MAKE HIS BOLLYWOOD DEBUT :)) #DulQuer will debut alongside Irrfan Khan and Mithila Palkar in Ronnie Screwvala’s yet-untitled production. The film marks the directorial debut of #AkarshKhurana , who has co-written the script with Hussain Dalal, the dialogue writer for Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani and 2 States #Bollywood #DulQuer #mipalkarofficial #irffankhan #dulquer #dulquersalmaan

A post shared by Mithila Palkar (@mipalkarofficial) on Aug 11, 2017 at 1:56am PDT

When asked about the casting Akarsh Khurana told TOI, “I have been following Dulquer for a while after Mani Ratnam’s O Kadhal Kanmani. And I really loved his movie, Charlie. He has showcased a fantabulous performance in it. Then I watched his movies, Bangalore days, Kammattipaadam and so on…He is the perfect cast for the movie.” 

And here’s what he has to say about the characters, “The characters are from different walks of life who come together at one juncture of their lives.”

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Aug 112017
 

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Irrfan Khan is in Locarno, Switzerland, promoting The Song Of The Scorpions, with Iranian co-actor Golshifteh Farahani.

Anup Singh’s film premiered at the Locarno Film Festival on Wednesday. The love story was shot in the Thar desert in Rajasthan. Khan and Singh had earlier collaborated for the critically acclaimed Qissa (2013).

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Jul 182017
 

The Hindi film industry is home to a vast amount of talent, but most of its talented actors are often not given the right kind of fame that they deserve. While some actors have more than their fair share of accolades and adulation, most of the talented thespians are often relegated to the shadows. A mediocre film with huge star power will see huge box office collections, but films with an extremely good storyline and amazing actors hardly ever get a big release and fades away from public memory quite fast. 

But, for when you have had enough of the so-called “talented” stars of Bollywood, do give the films made by these offbeat non-commercial actors a look to genuinely appreciate good cinema being made.

1. Abhay Deol

He doesn’t shy away from speaking his mind, and the characters he has played on-screen prove that. While he may have been a part of commercially successful films such as ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobaara’ and ‘Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!’, Abhay Deol is one actor who never got his due. His debut film ‘Socha Na Tha’ was a class apart and so have many of his other films been such as ‘Ek Chalis Ki Last Local’, ‘Manorama Six Feet Under’, and ‘Ahista Ahista’. Watch his films when you want to understand the depths to which actors can go to look convincing.

Offbeat Bollywood Actors© Facebook

2. Radhika Apte

This pretty actress is truly an unconventional heroine and takes on roles that require her to be more than just a pretty face and supporting actor. She started her career with a small role in the fantasy film, ‘Vaah! Life Ho Toh Aisi!’ in 2005 and then went on to deliver phenomenal hits such as ‘Rakta Charitra’and ‘Shor In The City’. While she may not have found success in Bollywood, she went on to deliver good projects in various regional language films, such as Bengali, Marathi, Tamil, and Telegu. She has even tried her luck in theatre and various short films. So, when you feel like watching good cinema that is high on quality, do watch Radhika’s short film ‘Kriti’ and ‘Ahalya’.

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3. Kalki Koechlin

Who can forget Kalki’s tomboyish avatar Aditi in the film ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’ and as Lisa in ‘Ek Thi Daayan’? While these films attained commercial success, many of Kalki’s other films did not get the attention they deserved as they did not have the star power required to make them commercial hits. Do watch Kalki’s amazing performances in ‘Margarita With A Straw’, ‘That Girl In Yellow Boots’, ‘A Death In The Gunj’, ‘I Am’, and ‘Waiting’ to understand the depth of her performances. Apart from acting in films, Kalki is also a part of various stage plays and is known to voice her opinions strongly for any cause that she feels about.

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4. Irrfan Khan

Irrfan Khan is probably the most underrated actor in the Hindi film industry. He has given some mind-blowing performances in movies such as ‘The Lunchbox’, ‘Hindi Medium’, ‘Paan Singh Tomar’, ‘Maqbool’, and ‘Haasil’, to name a few. He has also been a part of various international projects such as ‘Life Of Pi’, ‘Inferno’, ‘Jurassic Park’, and ‘The Namesake’. While his acting is no doubt excellent, Bollywood has failed to recognize his talents and he is often relegated to the roles of a supporting actor or when he is the male lead, the film fails to garner much support and is not a major hit. If you want to know the powerhouse of talent that is Irrfan Khan, do watch his films such as ‘Mumbai Meri Jaan’, ‘Talvaar’, and ‘Madaari’.

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5. Nawazuddin Siddiqui

He is the dark horse of the Indian film industry, and Nawazuddin Siddiqui has proven himself time and again. With films such as ‘Raman Raghav 2.0′, ‘Freaky Ali’, ‘Manjhi: The Mountain Man’, and ‘Haraamkhor’ to his credit, he is a force to be reckoned with. He is a powerhouse performer and his acting prowess is unmatched. In films like ‘Raees’, ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’, ‘Badlapur’, ‘Mom’, and ‘Talaash’, when he has been cast alongside famous actors, he has proven his mettle and outshone them. 

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6. Swara Bhaskar

Swara Bhaskar achieved commercial success after a string of failures with movies such as ‘Madholal Keep Walking’ and ‘The Untitled Kartik Krishnan Project’ when she played supporting roles in films like ‘Tanu Weds Manu’, ‘Raanjhanaa’, ‘Prem Ratan Dhan Payo’, ‘Tanu Weds Manu Returns’, and ‘Listen… Amaya’. When her solo hits ‘Nil Battey Sannata’ and ‘Anaarkali of Aarah’ did well on the box-office, it was then that critics stood up and took notice of her. However, she is yet to make it to the list of Bollywood’s A-listers. But, we do not see her complaining and she has been known to take a stance for important issues and is not one to back down from any controversies. 

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While these actors may have started out small, they are in no way behind the stars of today and have their own fan following, who religiously watch all their films.

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May 302017
 

While, people were swooning over Katrina Kaif’s recently opened Instagram account, there was one actor who slyly took over the conversation with his kickass Instagram debut. That actor is none other than Irrfan Khan, who made sure that his debut was too difficult for anyone to ignore. After slaying the Internet with his own version of ‘popular memes’, Irrfan Khan presented his quirky side to the world with his childhood pictures where he acts out some of the most iconic Bollywood scenes.

This is our poster inspired by the #Sholay poster. #FilmyInfluence

A post shared by Irrfan (@irrfan) on May 28, 2017 at 9:45pm PDT

In one picture, he recreates a scene from the movie, ‘Sholay’ and the resemblance (sans the look) is uncanny. In the second picture, he rides a horse with a look that’s inspired by Rajesh Khanna. He even captioned the picture saying, “Somebody told me that to be an actor you must know horse riding…so whenever I went to ride (or learn to ride – which I didn’t at that time), I made it a point that when I sat on the horse…my look would be inspired by Rajesh Khannaji…Hero toh banna hi tha!” And we are glad that you took the decision to become a hero. 

Somebody told me that to be an actor you must know horse riding … so whenever I went to ride (or learn to ride – which I didn’t at that time), I made it a point that when I sat on the horse … my look would be inspired by Rajesh Khannaji …. 😉 Hero toh banna hi tha! #FilmyInfluence

A post shared by Irrfan (@irrfan) on May 28, 2017 at 11:33pm PDT

While we are losing our sh*t over Irrfan Khan’s pictures, in your case – apart from ex-partners turned ghosts or stalkers – no one will really care about you joining Instagram. So you can get back to what you were doing! Bye!

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May 132017
 

Ram Gopal Varma’s current dud, ‘Sarkar 3′ just hit the theaters. But whatever said, the movie made no difference to half the Indian population. C’mon, this is not even surprising. However, reality aside, let’s talk about a random incident that surrounded the movie recently. At an event yesterday, Irrfan Khan’s antics really grabbed everyone’s eyes. Because dissecting his mannerisms and expressions throughout, an uncanny resemblance to Amitabh Bachchan came to the attendees’ minds. ‘Cause he was almost representing the character, Subhash Sarkar Nagare from the movie ‘Sarkar 3’. Which happens to be the role played by Big B! How did Mr. Bachchan appear in Mr. Khan all of a sudden? Was this his public audition for RGV’s ‘Sarkar 4’? We can only wonder.

Irrfan Khan Auditions For 'Sarkar 4' In Public And A Wild Amitabh Bachchan Appears Out Of Nowhere©Viral Bhayani/YouTube

Do I even need to justify their seating similarities here? 

Irrfan Khan Auditions For 'Sarkar 4' In Public And A Wild Amitabh Bachchan Appears Out Of Nowhere©Viral Bhayani/YouTube

And what about this? How can their eyes, glare and expressions look so acutely similar

Irrfan Khan Auditions For 'Sarkar 4' In Public And A Wild Amitabh Bachchan Appears Out Of Nowhere©Viral Bhayani/YouTube

I don’t know who they’re waving at here, but those hand movements are unbelievably similar, my man.

Irrfan Khan Auditions For 'Sarkar 4' In Public And A Wild Amitabh Bachchan Appears Out Of Nowhere©Viral Bhayani/YouTube

And here, look at their one-hand badassery while being seated on the throne. How is this even possible? But all said and done—Irrfan Khan, this was a really smart move. I think its about time you stop endorsing brands and land yourself a role in a movie franchise. 

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Apr 062017
 

Irrfan KhanIrrfan Khan

He may be known for his acting skills but as a student, Irrfan Khan says he was so shy that nobody knew he even existed.

Irrfan says he was often scolded by teachers for not being properly audible in the class.

“My classmates didn’t even know I existed in school. I was invisible. When my teacher used to ask my name, I used to stand up and say but they couldn’t hear. I was often scolded ‘speak loudly, say your name.’ I was so shy,” Irrfan told reporters.

The actor was speaking at the trailer launch of his upcoming “Hindi Medium”, scheduled to release on May 12.

The “Piku” actor, however, says as a kid all he thought was growing up quickly so that he would not have to attend school.

Directed by Saket Chaudhary, the film also features Pakistani actress Saba Qamar opposite Irrfan. The two are essaying the role of parents who want the best education for their daughter.

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