Nawazuddin Siddiqui rubbishes reports of him being at ‘loggerheads’ along with Irrfan Khan while they were working together for the Ritesh Bhatra directorial The Lunchbox. The veteran Bollywood actor, on the eighth anniversary of the film The Lunchbox, dismissed rumours of on-set discord between him and his co-star, late actor Irrfan Khan.
In a chat with a leading daily, Nawazuddin Sidduqui who essayed the role of Shaikh, Irrfan’s character Saajan‘s colleague recalled his fond memories of working with the late actor in this film.
“For me, one of the best experiences was to shoot for the film in a packed train. An entire compartment was booked for our shoot, Irrfan bhai and I had got into our get-up for the movie and sat between the locals, common people. No one really realized but everyone just perfectly synced into our scene; that is the beauty of a local train. Even those who were not in our unit became a part of The Lunchbox,” Nawazuddin recently said.
“Irrfan bhai was like my older brother and I have several precious memories of working with him, even before The Lunchbox happened. When the casting for Slumdog Millionaire was going on, he took me to meet Danny Boyle without an appointment. Imagine walking in to meet such a big director without any prior notice,” the Gangs of Wasseypur actor added.
Late actor Irrfan Khan subsequently appeared in Life of Pi, The Amazing Spider-Man, Jurassic World, and other projects. He died at the age of 53 last year, after a two-year battle with cancer.