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Babil Khan: ‘Pressure now motivates me to do better’

Babil, son of late actor Irrfan Khan, is making is acting debut with Qala, set to stream on Netflix from December 1

PTI Mumbai Published 16.11.22, 09:59 AM
Babil Khan in Qala.

Babil Khan in Qala. Instagram

Late actor Irrfan Khan's son Babil Khan on Tuesday said that though the thought of starting an acting career and living up to the name of his father scared him initially, he has learnt to put his fear to good use.

At the trailer launch event of his debut film Qala, the newcomer said he wants to try his hand at all kinds of movies and characters.


“We have this illusion, we think we are in control of our journey (but) we are not. I will improvise with what life throws at me. I want to explore everything, I want to do all kinds of films and play all kinds of characters,” Babil told reporters in Mumbai.

The actor admitted that there is a certain pressure on him but he has focussed all his energy on giving his best.

"There is a lot of pressure. Two years ago, when we were shooting, at that time also the pressure was there. It would affect me, it would scare me but now it motivates me to do better work. The definition of pressure has changed now," Babil added.

Babil's father Irrfan was one of India's finest and most versatile actors. The actor passed away at the age of 54 in 2020, two years after he was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.

On being asked what are the qualities of Irrfan that he would like to have as he starts his innings in Hindi film industry, he said, "Mere father ki jo khubiya thi woh leke chale gaye. Ab mein apni khubiya explore karunga (The qualities that my father possessed went away with him. Now I will explore my qualities.)

Starring Tripti Dimri in the title role, Qala is touted as a heart-breaking story of "a daughter who craves her mother's love". The Netflix movie is directed by Anvita Dutt.

Dutt, best known for the critically-acclaimed feature Bulbbul, said she was keen to narrate a story about a mother and daughter through Qala.

As a filmmaker and writer, she said she is drawn towards fantasy tales.

“As a commissioned writer, I do my best to serve their vision. These (referring to Bulbbul and Qala) are the stories that speak to me. I read a lot of fantasy and science fiction. That's my genre of choice,” she said.

“These kinds of stories come to my mind. I like to tell these stories because they are stories about universal truths and feelings, emotions that everyone can identify with,” added Anvita.

Before making her directorial debut with Bulbbul, Anvita served as a dialogue writer, screenplay writer, story writer, lyricist of Hindi films such as Dostana, Ra.One, Student of the Year and Queen, among others.

The director, who wrote the first draft of Qala in 2013, shared how she discussed the film's idea with music composer Amit Trivedi, who promised to be part of the project whenever she would start working on it.

“It was with me for a long time and I wanted to put it down. I just thought about it. I didn't do it alone, there were 150 people from music department to producers, OTT, set dressing boy, so many people,” said Anvita.

Qala marks second collaboration between the filmmaker and Tripti Dimri, who was universally praised for her performance in Bulbbul.

“Gut feeling is a real thing and if you read and feel you do not agree to the script, then you should not do it because it can go wrong. These films have chosen me, I have not chosen them,” she said.

Produced by Karnesh Ssharma of Cleanslate Filmz, Qala will start streaming on Netflix from December 1.

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