A Suitable Boy: Mira Nair wanted Irrfan Khan to play Nawab of Baitar in the mini series

Mira Nair and Irrfan Khan

The last six months have been a personal loss for the Hindi film industry as it bid a farewell to many prominent actors. And the death of Irrfan Khan, Hindi Cinema’s most versatile actor was on very personal terms for many of us and also for the artists who have worked with him. And one such filmmaker is Mira Nair, who has been a long-time friend to the late actor. And the director feels disheartened that she was not able to see the late actor in her recently released six-part series, ‘A Suitable Boy’. The series which was adapted by Andrew Davies from Vikram Seth’s 1993 novel of the same name was released on Netflix India.

Reminiscing her memories with the late actor, Indian-American filmmaker Mira Nair recalled how she missed the last opportunity of working with Irrfan Khan. In an interview with Mid-Day, the director was quoted saying, “The disappointment was about not working with him again. The enormous sadness for all of us is that Irrfan, who was such a light, such a fire, was gone.” She further added that she wanted the late actor to play Nawab of Baitar in A Suitable Boy. 

“I had reached out to him. Frankly, he could have had any part he wanted! But I wanted him to play the Nawab of Baitar. I even tapered the role so it wouldn’t be too hectic for Irrfan, but it was not to be,” added Mira.

For those unaware, Mira and Irrfan have worked earlier in the projects including the realistic 1988 crime drama ‘Salaam Bombay’ and the 2008 romantic drama ‘New York, I Love You’.

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