Irfan-Nawazuddin used to ignore
It has been 8 years since the 2013 release of the film, ‘The Lunchbox’. Featuring veteran actors like Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur, the film gained national as well as international fame. But in those days there were also rumors that Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Irrfan Khan are not comfortable working together and both ignore each other.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui in a recent interview to Times of India has broken silence on these rumors and shared the experiences of working with Irrfan Khan. He told that shooting with Irrfan Khan in a local train in Mumbai was the best experience for him.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui denied reports of alleged estrangement with Irrfan Khan, saying, ‘Irfan bhai was like my elder brother and I have many invaluable memories related to working with him. We had a good relationship even before when we didn’t come together for Lunkbox.
Sharing the experiences of shooting for Lunchbox with Irrfan Khan, Nawaz said, “For me, it was the best experience to shoot with him in a packed train. An entire compartment was booked for the shoot. Irfan Bhai and I were in our getup and we shot while sitting in the local train. No one felt it but everyone synced perfectly with our scene. That’s the beauty of the local train. Those who were not from our unit also became a part of the film.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui told that it was Irrfan Khan who took him to meet British director Danny Boyle for the first time. He told, ‘When the casting of ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ was going on, he took me to introduce me to Danny Boyle without any appointment. We were both cast in the film but unfortunately, when the shooting started, I was busy shooting for some other film. So my role was given to someone else. I have learned a lot from Irfan bhai…. Also learned how to meet a big director without an appointment.
Irrfan Khan passed away on 29 April 2020 at the age of 53. ‘Angrezi Medium’ was his last film. Talking about Nawazuddin Siddiqui, the actor will be seen in films like ‘No Land’s Man’, ‘Bole Chudiyan’, ‘Jogira Sa Ra Ra’.