The Laid-back Romance Of Irrfan Khan

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The Laid-back Romance Of Irrfan Khan

Illustration: Palak Bansal


ifty-year-old Irrfan Khan doesn’t dance like the romantic heroes Bollywood has repeatedly told us should. He doesn’t sing like them either. Neither does he look the part (despite being a Khan). He isn’t the one who will guarantee a happily-ever-after, or go to unthinkable lengths across countries for love. In short, he can’t stretch his hands and instantly sell romance the way Shah Rukh Khan has been designed to.

How has he then, quietly and comfortably, made the jump from a serious, thinking “character” actor to a feasible modern-day romantic lead? By breaking the one-note conventional portrayal of romance.