At a time when many Bollywood celebrities are trying to do more and more projects in the west, it comes as a surprise to hear that an actor has turned down a Hollywood film – especially a big-ticket one. Irrfan Khan, who has done quite a bit of work internationally (Life of Pi, Inferno), just rejected a Steven Spielberg film that would have him cast opposite Scarlett Johansson. It couldn’t have been easy to say no to that, but Khan has a reason:
It’s more than a dilemma for me to choose films and deny them, however I am at a stage in my career where I am trying my best to surprise my audience with every role and give them some variety and who wouldn’t want to work with a prestigious personality like Steven Spielberg! I am hoping the future holds something so path – breaking and so empowering for me as an artist that no will not be an option.