‘Jurassic World’ Star Irrfan Khan Strikes Balance Between Hollywood, Bollywood

Irrfan Khan Jurassic Park
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Irrfan Khan is one of India’s most visible film exports, striking a balance between the glitter of Bollywood and Hollywood. He’s starred in such Indian pics as mistaken-identity romancer “The Lunchbox,” cultural drama “The Namesake” and, most recently, alongside Amitabh Bachchan and Deepika Padukone, in road movie “Piku” — which has scored more than 1 billion rupees ($15.6 million) worldwide, and counting. And he’s well known to U.S. audiences for roles in films that include “Life of Pi,” “The Amazing Spider-Man” and “Slumdog Millionaire.”

His next Hollywood projects are also high-profile: “Jurassic Park” sequel “Jurassic World” (which rolls out globally June 10) and Ron Howard’s mystery thriller “Inferno,” based on the novel by Dan Brown, with Tom Hanks reprising the role of Robert Langdon from “The Da Vinci Code” and “Angels & Demons,” slated for an October 2016 release.

But Khan, who is represented by the Gersh Agency and managed by Brillstein Entertainment Partners in the U.S., has no plans to relocate from Mumbai to Los Angeles, because, he says, he doesn’t want to be dependent on Hollywood for his livelihood; his strong standing in India lets him pick and choose his U.S. projects.

“Unless a film gives you a sense of journey — something that becomes a memory and is a process that you enjoy — there is no point in doing it, says the 48-year-old Khan. “I’m looking for those stories that touch audiences and stay with them. And wherever I find them, whether it is Hollywood, Bollywood or France, I’ll jump to do it.”

Future plans include a yet-to-be-titled miniseries about World War II, co-produced by Japan’s NHK, Canada’s Don Carmody Television and the Netherlands’ Fatt Prods.; and the Indian films “Jazbaa,” an action pic with Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, and thriller “Talwar,” based on a notorious case of double murder.

The actor also has turned producer through his company, Dore Films, with upcoming releases that include political drama “Madari,” in which he stars, and road-trip movie “Kaash,” which he’s co-producing with filmmaker Mira Nair.

As for his upcoming Hollywood role, Khan plays the corporate owner of Jurassic World. “He is a flamboyant guy,” the actor says. “He wants to give the public more than amusement; he wants to show (people) how small and transient humans are, and how wonderful nature is.”

It’s the kind of larger-than-life role that sits well with Khan’s own nature.

“Hollywood stretches me as an actor,” he says. “It recharges my batteries.”

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  1. Benny says:

    Jurassic World is a great movie. Irfan khan’s is a legend in acting and I agree with Sanoop that it was a little difficult to understand.

    Sanoop!!!Try subtitles, guess that might help you.

    Its a shame on humanity to fight for and against religion no matter which country or religion we belong.

    Enjoyed the Entertainment from Jurrasic world.

  2. Jass says:

    The only thing that I found problematic was the accent of the character Mr Masrani played by Irffan Khan and the representation of the character Barry played by Omar Sy. Minus that it is the perfect weekend movie.

  3. Rangarajan Narasimhan says:

    Such people are jewels and rare gems of India……proud of them….he is an artiste of international acclaim and let us be proud of that at the same time inspiring others to emulate.

  4. Ragini says:

    He is one of the best character actor. He does not belong to any country or a religion. People like him belong to the world. I never missed his movies. Let us not derail his legacy by arguing about his religion or where he wants to spend his money or time.

  5. Sanoop Al says:

    it was hard for me to understand what irfan khan was saying in the movie. it was a mambo jumbo

  6. rajeev says:

    India has had a Muslim President / Vice President and Shah Rukh Khan is one of the richest actor’s(self-made) in the world -worth over 600 million –and the 3 Khan’s -Amir/Salman and Shah Rukh rule Bollywood- and (Dalip Kumar-A R Rehman and the list goes on)-well that for sure sound’s like discrimination of Muslim’s in India

  7. BCCream says:

    And Pakistan claims that India is oppressing Muslims, really ? this successful individual and many like him are thriving in India and not willing to leave India at any cost, who says multiculturalism does not work ?

    • Muslims of Gujrat may have a different opinion.

      • the reviews are about jurassic park!why start a riot topic here?or even about religion?pretty useless.

      • Ann shanti says:

        @Alex. Do you know how the Gujrat problem started? The Muslims first burnt a train with Hindu Pilgrims in Gujrat and hence followed the riots. Hindus had tolerated a lot of violence from extremist Muslims for centuries. It doesn’t make sense isolating that Gujrat incident out of context. As long as human respect others and other life forms anybody can live peacefully anywhere.

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