Nawazuddin Reveals How Irrfan Khan Took Him To Meet Danny Boyle Without An Appointment

Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui who has worked with the late Irrfan Khan in the 2013 movie ‘The Lunchbox’, reminisces what it was like collaborating with Khan who was a powerhouse of talent. ETimes reports Nawazuddin saying, “I have learned a lot from Irrfan bhai… even how to meet a big Hollywood director without an appointment (laughs).”

Offering more context on the incident, he continues, “Irrfan bhai was like my older brother and I have several precious memories of working with him, even before ‘The Lunchbox’ happened. When the casting for ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ was going on, he took me to meet Danny Boyle without an appointment. 

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Recalling details about the incident, he said, “Imagine walking in to meet such a big director without any prior notice. Finally, both of us were cast in the movie, but unfortunately, when the shoot began, I was busy with another movie. So, my part was then offered to another actor.” 

Speaking of his time working with Khan, he shared that “‘The Lunchbox’ was a wonderful experience; I have several fond memories of the movie. For me, one of the best experiences was to shoot for the film in a packed train.”


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An entire compartment was booked for their shoot, revealed Nawaz. He added, “Irrfan bhai and I had got into our get-up for the movie and sat between the locals, common people. No one really realised but everyone just perfectly synced into our scene; that is the beauty of a local train. Even those who were not in our unit became a part of ‘The Lunchbox’.”

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