Irrfan first look from 'Doob: No Bed of Roses' revealed

Updated: Nov 21, 2016, 15:29 IST | Mohar Basu

Top Bangladeshi director unveils the first look of Irrfan Khan's next 'Doob: No Bed of Roses', rumoured to be inspired by novelist-filmmaker Humayun Ahmed's life

Irrfan Khan
Irrfan Khan

Mostofa Sarwar Farooki, Bangladeshi director of the Irrfan Khan-starrer, 'Doob: No Bed of Roses', confesses to being a fan of novelist Humayun Ahmed, whose writing, he claims, taught him a vital method of approaching sensitive issues. I learned that when we critique a subject with empathy, the chances of it backfiring are lesser. His stories can make you cry, even for the bad guys," he says earnestly.

Such is his admiration for the writer that Farooki's upcoming Indo-Bangladeshi project is being rumoured to be a biopic on Humayun. The filmmaker, who is currently in India for the post production, clarifies the claims. "I am not going to officially say that it is a biopic. To base a story on a celebrated man's life needs better research and detailing. Yes, those who read my first draft asked if it was based on Humayun's life. But it wasn't a conscious call. He is an inspirational man, and his story is inevitably running in our sub conscience. But my movie is fictional, open to interpretation."

Mostofa Sarwar Farooki
Mostofa Sarwar Farooki

Yet, he confesses, one can draw parallels between the characters if noticed closely. "Irrfan's Javed Hasan is a filmmaker, a cult figure, much like Humayun was." Also, much like the novelist, Javed too will be seen marrying his daughter's friend. When we question Farroki on his moral stance with regard to this, he retorts, "Who are we to decide what's right or wrong. People just respond to situations. There is no good or bad. I don't consider Humayun controversial. For my nation, he is that iconic novelist and filmmaker, who people never stopped loving. His second marriage raised eyebrows, but his second wife garnered support too."

Casting for a role that resembles a figure he admires so much, must have been difficult. "But Irrfan is one of the most accomplished actors. We really bonded over our working styles. I don't always like to follow the script and prefer improvising on sets, changing scenes and dialogues. Irrfan too likes to play along," he signs off.

Humayun, who?

Humayun Ahmed catapulted to fame with his 1972 novel Nondita Nereko and later went on to make eight films based on his novels. He led a controversial life, marrying a second time to a friend of his daughter, Shila. Meher Afroz Shaon was several years younger to him. The duo has two children, Nishad and Ninit.

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