Comfortable with both Bollywood and Hollywood: Irrfan Khan

By Shilpa Raina

Colombo, June 5 (IANS) Irrfan Khan, who is not only a popular actor but also one of the biggest Bollywood actors in Hollywood, says that he enjoys working in both kinds of movies and likes to do things from different parts of the world.

"As actors, we all need change, we can't deal with similar stories and do same things. Also, the way of telling a story should be different so that it enhances your acting capabilities," Khan told IANS at the ongoing International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards here Saturday.

"I am comfortable with both sides of the entertainment industry -Hollywood and Bollywood. All I want to do is things from different parts of the world," he added.

The actor was present here for the press conference of his upcoming film "Knockout" which is directed by Mani Shankar and also stars Sanjay Dutt and Kangana Ranaut.

"Knockout" is supposed to be based on the 2003 Hollywood flick "Phone Booth" but the actor denies it saying that the movie is very contemporary and is based on reality which is very relevant in today's world.

"I won't reveal much about the movie but the thing is that it is going to be an explosive movie that will touch some reality issues," said Khan.

The 48-year-old actor has worked in movies like "Haasil", "Rog", "New York" and "Maqbool" among many others. He became a prominent Indian face in the international film circuit as well after he featured in movies like "A Mighty Heart" and Danny Boyle's multiple Oscar winning film "Slumdog Millionaire". He is also working in Jennifer Chambers Lynch's "Hisss".

The actor at present is shooting for the American television show "In Treatment" but says that working in Bollywood movies is a different experience altogether.

"The magical thing about Bollywood is that it gives aspirations to different people. It is a different kind of story telling in which you don't need to be logical all the time. Real life can bore you so Bollywood will always remain close to my heart," said Khan.

When asked whether he had any dream role the actor replied, "No, I don't have any dream role. All I want to do is to do diverse roles as an actor and learn with every movie."

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