Irrfan Khan, the late legendary actor, was a master of his craft, known for his ability to bring depth and authenticity to every role he undertook. In 2014, he found himself at a crossroads when he was offered a role in Christopher Nolan’s blockbuster film, ‘Interstellar.’ Despite the allure of working with one of the most celebrated directors in Hollywood, Khan made a difficult decision—to turn down the opportunity due to scheduling conflicts with his commitments in India, particularly ‘The Lunchbox’ and ‘D-Day.’

Christopher Nolan’s ‘Interstellar,’ released in 2014, is a sci-fi epic that captured the imagination of audiences worldwide. In an old interview with Times of India, Irrfan Khan candidly shared that the primary reason for declining the role in ‘Interstellar’ was the substantial time commitment required for the shoot. Taking on the role would have meant staying in the United States for a stretch of four months, a period that clashed with his ongoing projects back in India. During the same time, Irrfan Khan was deeply involved in two significant Indian films—’The Lunchbox’ and ‘D-Day.’ ‘The Lunchbox.’ He expressed a desire to be part of Indian cinema’s growth and success, acknowledging the importance of being present for the projects that held cultural significance in his home country.

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While Christopher Nolan’s ‘Interstellar’ missed out on the extraordinary talent that Irrfan Khan could have brought to the screen, the actor’s decision to turn down the role stands as a testament to his principles and commitment to the projects he believed in.