On the occasion of the eighth anniversary of The Lunch Box movie, actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui dismissed rumors that there was a disagreement on the set between his co-star and the late actor Irrfan Khan. In fact, he said that Irfan was like a brother to him and even took him to meet director Danny Boyle without an appointment.
In an interview, Nawazuddin Siddiqui said he had fond memories of working with Irfan on The Lunchbox, which also included Nimrat Kaur. The film, directed by Ritesh Batra, tells the story of two people who connect with each other after a mistakenly identified case.
Speaking to a leading daily, Nawazuddin denied reports that he had a falling out with Irfan and said, “Irfan Bhai is like my older brother and I have very fond memories of working with him before the lunch box happened.”
He added, “While casting for Slumdog Millionaire, he took me to meet Danny Boyle without an appointment. Imagine meeting such a big director without any prior notice. , I gave my part to another actor.I learned a lot from Irfan Bhai … How to meet a big Hollywood director without an appointment.
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Slumdog Millionaire Sleeper was a hit and won the Academy Award for Best Picture. Starring Dev Patel, Frieda Pinto and others, Slumdog Millionaire also served as the launching pad for Irfan in Hollywood. The actor subsequently appeared in Life of Pi, The Amazing Spider-Man, Jurassic World and other projects. He died last year at the age of 53 after a two-year battle with cancer.