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Imran Khan is “glad” that his spy series with Hotstar got shelved: “I don’t want to play a character who solves problems with a gun”

en Bollywood News Imran Khan is “glad” that his spy series with Hotstar got shelved: “I don’t want to play a character who solves problems with a gun”

The spy series, helmed by Abbas Tyrewala, was expected to arrive on Hotstar.

Actor Imran Khan recently discussed his relief over the cancellation of a spy series project with Disney+ Hotstar. Explaining the same, he shed light on his aversion to roles that glorify violence. The series, helmed by filmmaker Abbas Tyrewala, was shelved following Hotstar's acquisition by Jio last year, a decision Imran Khan seems content with.

Imran Khan is “glad” that his spy series with Hotstar got shelved: “I don't want to play a character who solves problems with a gun”

Imran Khan is “glad” that his spy series with Hotstar got shelved: “I don’t want to play a character who solves problems with a gun”

In a candid conversation with Film Companion, Imran expressed his satisfaction with the project's demise, stating, "All things said and done, I am kind of glad that ended up not coming together." When probed further by host Anupama Chopra, Imran elaborated on his reluctance to portray characters reliant on firearms to resolve conflicts, stating, "I don't want to play a character who solves problems with a gun."

The actor went on to explain his discomfort with the recent trend in cinema that glorifies violence without acknowledging its consequences, highlighting a pervasive glamorization and fetishization of brutality. Imran said, “There is glamorization and a fetishization, sexualization, of violence that makes me uncomfortable.”

He further added, “There is a way to portray violence and this is not a morality thing. Violence and action is a language within cinema and when we portray in films there is a way to do it where you feel the weight of it.” Referencing Todd Phillips' acclaimed film Joker, Imran underscored the importance of evoking a sense of horror and consequence in violent scenes, contrasting it with the unsettling trend of portraying violence as stylish and appealing.

To conclude, he said, “We've started making films where heroes will go and boom boom boom shoot seven people in the heads and their heads would explode to music. They make it cool and sexy and it makes me uncomfortable.”

Imran was last seen in Katti Batti, starring Kangana Ranaut, which was released in 2015.

Also Read: Imran Khan on his mental health battle and seeking therapy after quitting Bollywood: “I felt damaged on the inside and I wanted to fix that”


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