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I was bullied in school but I never let that affect me: Irrfan Khan

At a time when bullying is a bigger menace than ever before, the ace actor says there's no point getting hysterical about it

Nanda Das @nanda1das 12 May 2017, 8:09 PM
Irrfan plays a middle-class parent in the film, whose English proves to be a source of harassment for his entire family

Irrfan plays a middle-class parent in the film, whose English proves to be a source of harassment for his entire family Image: Fotocorp

Irrfan Khan is undoubtedly one of the best actors in Bollywood, dabbling successfully in art as well as out-and-out commercial cinema. Difficult as it is to believe, as a little boy Irrfan faced the same problems that many of us did as children and maybe continue to do even now. Yes, we are talking about the bane of many of our lives — bullying. At a recent interview, the Hindi Medium actor talked about his tryst with bullying in school and how he refused to be bogged down by it.

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"I faced many humiliations and was bullied like many other school students. I was not anyone special. It happens to everyone and there is no point getting hysterical about it now. I consider such experiences as an essential part of one's growing up years, " Irrfan told T2 Online.

The 50-year-old Jurassic World actor was presenting the trailer of his upcoming film Hindi Medium to the students and faculty of Modern School, where the film has been majorly shot. "These students are lucky that they got to see the trailer of the movie. In my school, watching films was not allowed. I studied in a Gurukul school in Delhi and rules were quite different from today's schools," he said.

Irrfan believes that it's not only schools, but also the content of films that has undergone a sea change over a period of time. The actor is happy that some films are being considered motivational for students by educational institutions themselves. "I never imagined that I would do a film where I would be bringing the film's trailer to a school. But cinema has changed a lot. I am happy that we are making films for students and their parents​," Irrfan said.

Asked whether shooting in schools for Hindi Medium was a nostalgic experience for him, Irrfan said, "School days are some of the best years of my life. And when I visited this school for shooting, many childhood memories flooded my mind.. I feel going to school itself is an experience."

Hindi Medium, which marks the debut of Pakistani actor Saba Qamar, talks about the trials and tribulations of parents who want to get their child admitted in a good English medium school. The film offers a tongue-in-cheek commentary on the obsession that India has with the English language. So, does Irrfan want to alert the government about the loopholes in the admission process? "Who am I to alert the government?" remarked a cool-as-a-cucumber Irrfan and signed off. 
 
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