Content driven cinema is working because our audience is evolving says Irrfan Khan


Actor attended trailer launch of his upcoming film ‘Qarib Qarib Singlle’ along with Parvathy Menon, Tanuja Chandra and his producer wife Sutapa Sikdar on Friday in Mumbai. While interacting with media, Irrfan stated that content driven cinema is working because our audience is evolving.

is always known for doing content driven films, so when asked him reasons why nowadays content driven films are working than typical mainstream Hindi movies, Irrfan said, “Content driven films have started to work at the box-office from many years now and it has all started by the audience. The footfall in mainstream Hindi cinema is decreasing. Our audience has started watching international cinema and web series plus regional cinema only because audience is able to relate with that. Hindi cinema has been generic but audience wanted to get relate with cinema”

He also pointed out that, “When regional cinema and Hollywood can make such type of films then why we are not able to such films. There are films which meant for entertainment purpose only but I wanted to associate with films which can engage the audience and start continuous discussion with audience.”

“Rajkummar Rao has recently done two films like that and people wasn’t expecting those film to do that well but it did well because audience has evolved.”

From the trailer, ‘Qarib Qarib Singlle’ is looking similar to ’s ‘Hindi Medium’, so when a reporter asked to Irrfan about it, he said, “The only similarity between both these films is that both films have fun and entertainment aspect and with both these film, audience can relate to it and at the same time, get entertained with it. This film is not a film like any other genre that suddenly goes in some other zone. It will engage, entertain the audience and they can relate with it”.

Talking about plot of the film, Irrfan said, “There is one particular phase in an individual’s life when he has hopes that he might be fall in love with somebody and I feel that process of relationship is very beautiful. If couple can go forward in that journey together then it’s most beautiful phase of relationship where both of them haven’t committed, there is kind of excitement and unusual feeling in their heart so this film is all about that”

In this film Irrfan and Parvathy meet each other through an online dating site, so when asked Irrfan his opinion about dating sites and apps, Irrfan said, “I really believe in it. I am trying to find such app so that it could get easier for me. It’s a practical thing but our society has created so much hype around it. I feel god has given us most beautiful blessing is that when a man and woman meet each other so I don’t know why we feel guilty about it and why we put restrictions on it. I can’t put my personal experience in this film because people might not believe that I am saying this but I am searching for app like this”

Talking about love stories that we depict in our films, Irrfan said, “I will not call this my first love story. For me, Maqbool, Lunchbox was also a love story. I am trying to explore romance for myself. In our country, there is no culture to value each other or spending time with each other when we are in a relationship so when my wife Sutapa who is producing this film asked me that do you know how to respect a women when you are in a relationship then I said, yes, so then she said to me that, do this film so now I can say that I have given respect to at least to one woman”

‘Qarib Qarib Singlle’ is directed by Tanuja Chandra and it stars Irrfan and Parvathy menon in lead roles. It is releasing on 10th November, 2017.