The Sahir Ludhianvi bio-pic to be produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and directed by new director Jasmeet Reen, is yet to find its Sahir.
Actors as far-ranging as Farhan Akhtar and Shah Rukh Khan have been brought into the picture and then discarded. But the name that came up originally to play the role is now likely to be the final choice.
We are talking about Irrfan Khan as Sahir Ludhianvi.
Says Irrfan excitedly, “I am waiting to play Sahir. I’m looking forward to playing Sahir.I don’t know whether I am the best choice for the role. But I do know that I am willing to invest my entire being into getting it right,”
Irrfan confesses he’s a huge Sahir fan. “Before him, romantic songs were written in a particular way. Then this man came along and completely changed the idiom and style of romantic expression. Maine tumse hi nahin sabse mohabbat ki hai , he wrote for a film called Didi. Sahir wrote a poetry that expressed the hope and aspirations of generation that came after Independence. Now we’ve accepted the defeat of that hope.The biggest defeat is our acceptance of the foreign model of existence.”