Irrfan or Nawazuddin: Who will play a poster painter?

The makers of the upcoming film based on the life of a poster painter of the ‘80s have approached Irrfan Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui to play the challenging role.

Having worked as ad filmmakers and created music videos, Karan Vig and his wife Sreetama Vig have decided to foray into filmmaking. Their debut project, Khamoshiyaan, is an insightful, poignant story on a painter’s life who takes up film poster painting as a profession. Both Karan and Sreetama have approached Irrfan Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui to play the role.

Karan says, “The story is inspired from my grandfather who was a poster painter. We feel someone like Irrfan or Nawazuddin would be apt to portray the varied layers of the character. During the research for the film, we stumbled upon the brutal side of our silver lined industry. How modernization has crippled down a great art form. In golden eras of Bollywood, hand-painted posters used to be the face of Hindi cinema but over the years, digitization has replaced a great art form which is gradually getting lost in the oblivion.”

Vig elaborates, “It’s an emotional drama and a touching story about a painter set in the 1980s, who couldn’t marry his ladylove because of poverty. After his death, his girlfriend showcases his paintings through an exhibition. For the female lead, we have approached Chitrangda Singh. Through Khamoshiyaan, we are trying to do our bit to restore an art form before it gets completely wiped out because we believe that “an artist may die but not the art. The details of the production house and actors will be revealed soon. The film will be shot mostly in Mumbai and will go on floors around April or May this year.”

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