Irrfan had chosen India over Hollywood offers

Veteran bollywood actor Irrfan Khan took his last breath on Wednesday in Mumbai after being admitted in ICU a day before. The actor who was diagnosed with a neuroendocrine tumor in 2018 and had been undergoing treatment in Britain, died at the age of 53. He wasn’t just the face of Indian cinema, but also
hit for Hollywood films including Life of Pi, Jurassic World and Slumdog Millionaire. But even when he roared in Hollywood industry, his main focus was in India.

In an interview with Hindustan times, he spoke about why he declines hollywood offers and choose to remain focused on Indian cinema: “I keep getting interesting offers. If I were younger, I might have thought of relocating to Hollywood. But I never really felt like leaving India. My people are here and so are my stories. Today, small and unconventional films are redefining cinema in India. And I am happy to be part of this brave, new world. Hollywood is just a bonus.”
He has also been claimed of rejecting roles alongside some of Hollywood’s biggest stars including Leonardo DiCaprio, Anne Hathaway, Matt Damon, Christopher Nolan, Matthew McConaughey and Ridley Scott.

Irrfan even denied to Hollywood’s acclaimed director Steven Spielberg just recently, where he was asked to share screens with Scarlett Johansson.

And in his interview with NDTV, he said he didn’t felt the character offered had much scope for him, so he said no although he would have looked to share screen with Scarlett Johansson.
Owning to busy schedule, he even turned down a role with Ridley Scott twice.

He told India Today he hoped to do the Martian and Piku but couldn’t, due to his schedule did not permit. He also expressed his desire to work with Ridley Scott again.
“It was a second miss as I was earlier supposed to work with him in Body of Lies but that also did not work out,” he said

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