CINE STUCK: Fahadh Faasil On Comparisons With Irrfan Khan, 'Why Compare An Orange With An Apple?'

"Calling Fahad Faasil the Irrfan of the South is an insult to both the legendary actors. Irrfan’s personality or work cannot be compared with Fahadh’s in any way," writes Subhash K Jha.

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CINE STUCK: Fahadh Faasil On Comparisons With Irrfan Khan, 'Why Compare An Orange With An Apple?'
A prominent news-channel on  the internet has referred to Fahadh Faasil as the ‘Irrfan Of The South’. It’s like calling Rajinikant the Amitabh Bachchan Of the South or Amitabh Bachchan the  Rajinikanth of the North. It displays that acute chauvinism.

Years ago they addressed Kamal Haasan as the Naseeruddin Shah of the South. I  guess for his transformative abilities on screen. But why wasn’t the brilliant Naseer called the  Kamal Haasan of the North? Or  better still, why should any two actors be compared? Do we compare Beethoven to Mozart ? Or Michelle Obama to Hillary Clinton?

Calling Fahad Faasil the Irrfan of  the South is a low-blow. In fact it is an insult to both the  legendary actors. Irrfan’s personality or work cannot be  compared with Fahadh’s in any way. They  function in different geopolitical and emotional  spaces.

Fahadh’s performances in  Maheshinte Prathikaaram ,Varathan, Njan Prakashan, and Kumbalangi Nights display a  subtle and spectacular range not to be found in  any other actor in the South , barring Nivin Pauly. He can play practically anything . As we can see  in  the trailer of the soon-to-be-releases Maalik which takes on  the thorny issue  of  the communal divide.

Modestly Fahadh tells me,  “There are just a very few things I can do. It's always a permutation and  combination of travel within myself. Grey to white. White to black. There are so many things I wish I could have done.  But thank you for looking at my work so closely. I guess I’ve been fortunate  to do  the  work that I want to do.This has only been possible  because I am a producer  on most  of my starrers.”

As  for the comparison  with Irrfan, Fahadh is  puzzled. “We  are completely different actors. I admire  him immensely. But  why compare  an orange with an apple?”







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