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Irrfan Khan Called Naseeruddin Shah For Advice

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07.01.2020

Cover of Aseem Chhabra's book 'Irrfan Khan: The Man, The Dreamer, The Star'

Irrfan's powerful performance in The Namesake and also in Michael Winterbottom's A Mighty Heart (2009) was noticed by an American actor, Dan Futterman. Dan played the American journalist Daniel Pearl in A Mighty Heart (more on the film a little later) and also stepped into the role of an executive producer on the HBO series In Treatment (2010), a remake of an Israeli show, BeTipul (2005).

Besides Irrfan being cast in seven segments of the HBO show, there was another connection with The Namesake. The In Treatment team had hired Jhumpa Lahiri as a consultant. The segments with Irrfan were written by playwright and Pulitzer Prize nominee, Adam Rapp, who mined into Jhumpa's experiences and memory to understand Bengali culture. In an interview with The New York Times, Rapp said this about Irrfan, 'I...wanted to write for an actor with a sense of humour and great depth. I truly think Irrfan is one of the greatest actors alive.'

In both the American and Israeli shows, a therapist (Gabriel Byrne in the American series) meets with his clients for half-hour sessions. Irrfan plays the role of Sunil Sanyal, a middle-aged Bengali widower who has recently arrived in the US and moved........

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