MUMBAI: The brilliant actor Irrfan Khan and the internationally renowned director Mira Nair share a mutual admiration society ever since they created magic in The Namesake in 2006.
Thereafter Mira, who likes to offer practically every film to Irrfan, did a short film called Kosher, Vegetarian with Irrfan and Natalie Portman in the lead.
Mira was keen that Irrfan play the title role in her last film The Reluctant Fundamentalist.However Irrfan was not keen on playing a terrorist.
Now Mira and Irrfan are all set to team up for a film called The Bengali Detective, about a middle-aged detective in Kolkata who is keen to learn contemporary dancing.
Mira, we learn, has zeroed in on Irrfan to play the Bengali bhadra-lok again. Irrfan had played a Bengali to great impact in Mira’s The Namesake as well.
However Mira needs to check out Irrfan’s dancing skills before she takes the final call. This is where ad filmmaker Piyush Pandey comes in.
Explains Irrfan, “Mira wants to see if I can dance or not. In my latest ad for Piyush Pandey I am seen dancing. I am sending that ad to Mira to evaluate my dancing skills.”