There are reports in the press that Irrfan Khan‘s new film Madaari is about vigilantism against corruption. But, Irrfan Khan says otherwise. “I don’t play a vigilante in Madaari. I play a man who feels the system has collapsed completely and there is a need for a reform. My character is not based on any one individual. Nor is the film an attack on my one political ideology,” says Irrfan Khan.
Irrfan Khan feels the reformist resonances of Madaari could have far-reaching ramifications. “It’s a very powerful subject in the thriller genre. But the drama and human emotions are not drowned in the thriller element. While the narrative remains true to the genre the human emotions get a lot of play in the script. This is what I like about this script.”
The film is about a father who loses his child. Being a father of two sons did Irrfan Khan dig into his own emotional reservoir to play the grieving father in Madaari?
“Never! I never do that. Because, if, as an actor, you begin to delve deep into your own personal emotions and experiences it can get very dangerous for you. I never draw connections between my own life and the characters I play. I leave my characters on the sets when I return home.”
Not many know this. But Madaari is Irrfan Khan’s third project with director Nishikant Kamat. “Everyone knows we did Mumbai Meri Jaan together. And now, there is Madaari. But, before that he shot the pilot of a television serial many years ago with me. So we go back a long way.”
Irrfan Khan sees a lot in common between himself and Nishikant Kamat, “We are both focused on our work to the exclusion of everything else.”