For now, Irrfan Khan is saying no to every assignment being offered to him to focus on the toughest and most challenging role of his career. To play the steeple-chase runner in Tigmanshu Dhuliaâ€™s Paan Singh Tomar Irrfan Khan is now devoting every waking minute to practicing the steeple chase.
He therefore has no time for any other project. â€œThis is the most physically and mentally demanding film of my career. If I give attention to anything else I wonâ€™t be able to do justice to this role. You see steeple chase is a a far more complicated form of marathon run than other kinds. It demands a continuous rhythm as one runs and jumps. Itâ€™s the most difficult task Iâ€™ve ever undertaken as an actor.â€
Unable to cope with the heavy demands on his body and mind Irrfan has stopped work on all other projects. â€œIâ€™ve steeple- chase experts constantly working on me. Iâ€™m trying to stretch my body to its limit. I have to look convincing as this long-distance steeple chase runner . Otherwise the film falls flat. I canâ€™t afford that risk at this stage of my career.â€
Says Irrfan, â€œThere are lots of talks for new projects, both national and international. But Iâ€™m not signing anything. I have to devote all my time to getting the steeple chase right.â€