Irrfan Khan feels that Indian cinema needs to speak a universal language and change the world’s perception about Bollywood being more than just “item number”. Irrfan Khan has been in news for his brilliant work in low budget film ‘The Lunchbox’.
“We cannot continue being known as item number filmmakers. Bollywood is known as an item number, and we have to change that. We have to connect with a universal audience in a way that they think that there is some interesting kind of cinema coming out of India,” Irrfan told our reporter.
“We need to find a universal language, which I think ‘Qissa’ will be able to strike a chord with, and ‘The Lunchbox’ has done in a big way,” added the 46-year-old actor
The actor is well-versed with the language of cinema the world over. His work takes him around the globe, he works in the international arena and his movies appeal as a whiff of fresh air to an audience for whom Bollywood has only been about songs and dances.
“There are new directors who are trying to tackle subjects which weren’t dealt with earlier. ‘Madras Cafe’ is an example because we don’t make political films, but that’s a well-made movie,” he added.
“You can’t make a film and sit in your room and watch it. You have to change the perception about Indian cinema when you go to universal audience, and what better way to say that your film is universally accepted than (be at the) Oscar?” said the actor.