When Mahesh Bhatt asked Irrfan Khan to do ‘bad acting’

“By ‘gandi acting’ he did not mean that do it so badly that nobody watches it. Maine dil se kaha, dhoond laana khushi Nasamajh laya gum, to yeh gum hi sahi…Remember singing this song holding his hand when I met him after he was diagnosed. “I believe it is better to be crude and clear than to be artistic and vague because the constituency we are pitching our narrative to is not an elite, refined, affected audience which is being shaped by a sensibility over years,” Bhatt is quoted as saying in the book, published by Rupa. (Photo: Mahesh Bhatt/Twitter)
Actor Irrfan Khan was so good at his craft that sometimes creators of his films had to ask him to do “gandi (bad) acting” and spoon-feed the audience. Alvida dost 🙏🙏🙏 pic.twitter.com/camRkKqimC
— Mahesh Bhatt (@MaheshNBhatt) April 29, 2020
Irrfan had been trained in theatre, and his outlook and desire was to make good artistic cinema whereas Bhatt also wanted him to get the essence of mass cinema where subtle performances do not necessarily work with the audience, the book stated. “The dharma of mainstream entertainment is maximum reach. The anecdote also finds a mention in Aseem Chhabra’s book “Irrfan Khan The Man, The Dreamer, The Star”. 📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram. Tags:

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Updated: April 29, 2020 9:40:28 pm

Irrfan Khan acted in several Mahesh Bhatt productions including Kasoor, Rog and Footpath. Also Read | Irrfan Khan (1967-2020): An actor whose brilliance made everything better
Irrfan, in an interview with Film Companion’s Anupama Chopra in 2017, said by “gandi acting” Bhatt meant him not to personalise the character he was playing. He smiled .The warmth of your smile will forever linger my friend. Also read | Irrfan Khan passes away | Amitabh Bachchan, Kamal Haasan and others mourn the demise of Irrfan Khan | Indian film industry pays heartfelt tributes to Irrfan Khan | Everything Irrfan said about his battle with cancer | Hollywood celebrities pay tribute to Irrfan | Everything you should know about Irrfan’s life and career | 15 Irrfan films that you can watch online | Angrezi Medium director Homi Adajania pays tribute to Irrfan | Rohitashv Gour remembers NSD senior and friend Irrfan Khan
The National Award-winning actor on Wednesday lost his battle to cancer at a hospital in Mumbai. Spoon-feed the audience’,” Irrfan is quoted as saying in the book. At one point, during the conversation, Irrfan recalled how filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt had once asked him to do “bad acting” during the making of a Hindi film. “What happens in Hindi cinema is that an actor comes and says the dialogue, the camera covers you, the lines are flat. In a career spanning three decades, Irrfan transcended the borders of television to mainstream Hindi cinema and also made a mark in Hollywood rubbing shoulders with top global stars and winning accolades for his work. He would say, ‘Arre Irrfan, gandi acting kar (Irrfan, do bad acting). ‘Usko samajh mein aana chaiye baat’ (He has to understand the film),” he said. The idiom compels us to be a little shrill. He was 53. “Bhatt saab is a very intelligent person; he is very aware. Irrfan was once in conversation with actor Kangna Ranaut during a web show Film Companion where the two critically-acclaimed artists talked about their profession and skills. He meant don’t personalise the character, just say the lines with a flourish,” the actor added. He (Bhatt) meant to say, do something superficial, give a hypnotic performance,” Irrfan said.