Babil is philosophical, introspective and – following in the footsteps of his late father, actor Irrfan Khan – hungry for good work. The actor making his film debut with writer-filmmaker Anvitaa Dutt’s Qalasays he is eager to explore his own tricks rather than ape the magic his father created on screen.
Babil began filming the upcoming Netflix film two years ago, a few months after Irrfan died in April 2020. At the trailer launch of the film, Babil admitted that he is under “a lot of pressure.”
“Two years ago, when we were shooting, the pressure was there then too. It would overwhelm me, it would scare me, but now it motivates me to do better and work. The definition of pressure has changed now,” he said.
When asked what qualities of Irrfan he would like to imbibe at the start of his career, Babil said: “Mere far ki jo khoobiyan thi woh leke chale gaye, ab mein apni khoobiyan explore karunga (My father took his qualities with him, now I want to explore mine).
Set in the 1940s, Qala tells the story of the complicated relationship between a young singer, Triptii Dimri, and her mother, Swastika Mukherjee.
When asked how he plans to plan his trip, Babil said he doesn’t even try to. “Because we have this illusion, we think we’re in control of our journey, we’re not. I want to improvise with what life throws at me. I want to explore everything, I want to make all kinds of films and play all kinds of characters .I just want to explore, that’s it,” he added.
Qala also stars Amit Sial, lyricist Varun Grover and has been produced by Karnesh Ssharma, who previously collaborated with Anvitaa Dutt for the 2020 film Bulbbul. With music by Amit Trivedi and lyrics by Dutt, Grover, Swanand Kirkire and Kausar Munir, Qala releases on December 1.