On cloud nine

BOLLYWOOD BADDIE Irfan Khan must be a satisfied man today. While his passion for acting has been rewarded in terms of his "Warrior'' becoming the official entry of Britain for the Oscars in the foreign language category, it also reflects Irfan's acting capability sans stereotype.

``When Asif Kapadia, the film's director, came looking for a new face, someone suggested my name and he decided to cast me as hero. He had not seen much of Bollywood films, otherwise he would not have done so,'' said Irfan in an interview recently.

Interestingly, "Warrior'' will compete in the foreign language category against India's official entry into the Oscars, "Devdas''. "Acting has always been my passion and in Warrior, I play the role of a prince who embraces non-violence in the end,'' says Irfan, whose next "Haasil'' is due for release soon.

And while it will be Shah Rukh Khan's histrionic capabilities versus Irfan's acting prowess that will be pitted against each other, the nomination of "Warrior'' to the Oscars might help Irfan change his image as far as Bollywood films are concerned.

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