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02-25-2012, 08:49 AM #1
Irrfan Khan to make a film on his father
Irrfan Khan plans to turn director soon with a film based on the life of his father late Sahabzade Yaseen Ali Khan. During the shooting of Pan Singh Tomar, Irrfan broke down on location thrice, leaving the unit stunned by his open display of off-camera emotions.
Khan confessed to this newspaper, “Paan Singh in some strange and inexplicable way reminded me of my father, the late Sahabzade Yaseen Ali Khan. He was a zamindar. He conveyed in his personality the same arrogant valour as Paan Singh.”
“Initially, I didn’t understand why the role was affecting me so much. I’ve played many characters that have consumed me and owned me. But none like this,” added Khan. Talking about the similarities between his father and Pan Singh, Irrfan said, “The same love for valour and adventure, outdoor spirit and most importantly, the fearlessness. My father was a soldier and hunter by nature. Once, he fell and his ankle was swollen. He brushed it aside and kept hobbling back home. It was later discovered that there were six fractures in his leg.”
Khan wishes his father had lived long enough to see him playing Paan Singh. “My father would’ve loved to see me in this get-up.”
Irrfan has now embarked on a journey to rediscover his father’s life and put it on celluloid. “I can think of no better way to honour my father’s memory,” said Khan emotionally.