"I was never offered the role. I would love to play him onscreen. He was a great human being with a huge body of work. People like him should be remembered always. But the script should be really strong," Irrfan said in an interview. Filmmaker Kalpana Lajmi will direct the biopic on her relationship with the legendary musician, who died on November 5, 2011. It will be produced by Pooja Bhatt.

The 46-year-old Irrfan bagged the national award in 2013 for for his portrayal of an athlete-turned-dacoit in "Paan Singh Tomar". A NSD graduate, Irrfan started his career with small screen and then shifted to silver screen. Asked if there is any character which he would like to portray, Irrfan said, "I have many areas where I would love to work. I want to work on music, action and children cinema. I also want to do many more love stories and sports film."

The crossover actor, who has been equally successful in Hollywood projects like "Life of Pi", "The Amazing Spider-Man" and "The Namesake", feels it is time Bollywood started expanding its reach. "Hollywood films are trying to connect with universal audience and they are successful in that. We are only catering to Indian audiences or NRIs. Our films have a limited reach. We need to expand our horizons and evolve our language which connects the universal audience to our cinema," he added.

The "Namesake" star will next be seen in Anup Singh's Indo-European venture "Qissa", where he will play a Sikh in the post-Partition era.


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