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Tigmanshu Dhulia: “Irrfan Khan was the black sheep of his class”

Tigmanshu Dhulia is an actor, director anda writer, who also is a proud alumus of National School of Drama. He considers himself an emotional fool and gullible, but hastremendous faith in humanity. He is very attached to his daughter, but relies emotionally on nobody. In the dirty world of Bollywood where one tries to pull down another to achieve fame considers ibky Irrfan as his good friend. He is a leftist, who thrives on launching talent. Ahead of his upcoming action thriller, Bullett Raja, he talks to leading daily and spoke about the unsatisfied Irrfan and more..

When asked about Irrfan who has been a part of almost all his films. The director replied saying, “He was two years senior to me at NSD. He was the black sheep of his class and was not considered a good actor. He had no friends except his wife Sudipta, who was his batchmate, and they were a couple from that time. Irrfan chose to stay in the worst room in the hostel in one corner as he was such an introvert. It is only while acting in his diploma production in the third year, when I saw his power as an actor. Even now, he is always hungry for good work and there is no better actor than him in the world. He is like a brother to me. He is intense, brooding, irritating and never satisfied. How his wife stays with him only she knows. Till date, I always have to prove to him that I am a talented director even though he has done Haaasil, Charas, Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster and Paan Singh Tomar with me. We are both insecure about our friendship with each other. And I feel possessive if he works with another director. He is my only friend in the industry and I can discuss my insecurities with him, both personal and professional. He knows everything about me. As an actor, you need to save yourself from conditioning and need to be a little careless, reckless and uninhibited, otherwise you become boring. Irrfan is an outdoors person. He loves flying kites. If he is angry with me and I tell him, ‘Let’s go and fly a kite,’ he will be kicked. His life’s biggest high is flying a kite. We both love going to the jungle. He loves to cook and he makes the best yakhani (Kashmiri pulao). He was a part of Bullett Raja too, but due to another prior commitment, could not do the film.”

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