When someone gave Irrfan Khan the 'wrong idea' and said he resembled Mithun Chakraborty: 'I used to feel go good about it'
When Irrfan Khan spoke about finding one's USP as an actor and revealed he once wanted to be like Mithun Chakraborty.
Irrfan Khan left a huge void in the acting community as he died two years ago after a brave battle against cancer. However, we still have his wise words and innumerable stellar performances to remember him by.
As a star, Irrfan stood out with his own unique worldview and his passion for the craft of acting than the business of it. In an interview, the gifted actor who has earned international acclaim for his performances spoke about the USP of an actor and how one goes about discovering it. He revealed how he was once given the wrong perception that he looked like Bollywood actor Mithun Chakraborty and how that made him aspire to be more like the veteran actor instead of finding himself.
It was during an interview with Film Companion in 2017 that Irrfan had said, “You create your own USP as you stat discovering yourself. It is a natural thing to ape or imitate other actors or to find confidence when you resemble somebody.”
Talking further about how in his initial years the idea of resembling Mithun excited him, Irrfan said, “I used to resemble, somebody gave me thing wrong idea, that my face is similar to Mithun Chakraborty and I used to feel go good about it. I used to copy him, say his dialogues and tape them. There was gratification that I resemble [Mithun Chakraborthy] so there is a possibility that I am not what I am but suddenly you want to skip all the process and become Mithun Chakraborty. But as you start discovering yourself, there’s a kind of organic style, your being which starts reflecting on the character and that’s your USP. It’s understanding your own perception it becomes your USP.”
Irrfan who was diagnosed neuroendocrine tumour in 2018. The actor put several projects on hold and began treatment in London. However, even during this challenging time he took time out to shoot for his last project Angrezi Medium which released in 2020 nearly a month ahead of his death in April in a Mumbai based hospital.
On his second death anniversary today, his legion of fans and the entertainment industry is busy remembering him.