For his upcoming film, Haider where he has a cameo, Irrfan Khan has made it very clear to Vishal Bhardwaj to not use his name or face on the poster and publicity material of the film.
As for Haider, according to a source close to Vishal Bhardwaj, this was discussed even before the film went on floors. “Irrfan and Vishal had this understanding regarding the poster of the film. Both agreed to the point that it misleads the audience if someone playing a cameo is featured upfront on the posters.”
If this was not enough, Irrfan has also had a word with Himesh Reshammiya and shared his concerns over the posters of The Xpose. With just a cameo, he felt his name should not feature in the posters or any publicity material.
“It’s a cameo, just one day’s shoot, and I did it for Himesh Reshammiya, who is the actor and producer of The X’pose and he has made the film with a lot of passion. So I was a little surprised to find that they had put me in the first poster that was unveiled.” stated Irrfan Khan.
What’s more surprising is the fact that the film’s director Ananth Narayan Mahadevan is not aware of any written agreement between Irrfan and the producer about the use of his image in the film’s publicity.
” Irrfan Khan features in just four scenes but he’s the narrator and strings the film together and even features in a song in the end credits. It’s not a passing guest appearance. It may not be a full fledged role but his character, Alec D’Costa, is vital to the plot. Yes, Irrfan is there in the posters and the film’s trailer too but it should not be misconstrued that he is the leading man.” stated Ananth Mahadevan.
Well for all the makers out there, read this carefully before you sigh on Irrfan Khan for your future projects!