Irrfan not keen on playing older characters

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Mumbai: Actor Irrfan Khan is not keen on playing old age characters as he does not want to be bracketed in that space.     "After Life Of Pi, a lot of people approached me toplay the role of similar age bracket  but I turned them down. I worry about getting bracketed in this space and hence I keep experimenting," Irrfan said.     Irrfan has played older characters in movies like Namesake, Life of Pi and in his upcoming film TheLunchbox.     In Oscar-winning director Ang Lee's Life of Pi Irrfan played the role of adult Piscine Molitor Patel (Pi). InThe Namesake, he essayed the role of Ashoke Ganguli, an immigrant from West Bengal.     "I instantly said yes to The Lunchbox, as I loved the story. But the only thing I did not like was that I was playing a character of an old age guy all over again. Youreally have to make yourself feel like an old man physically as well as mentally and it takes a lot to get out of such a mould," Irrfan said.     "When I played an old man in The Namesake, it was difficult to get that character out of my system," he said.     When asked how he manages to breathe life into every character, he says, "I look for my personal  entertainmentwithin each character that I play. If a character engages me Itry to put my best to  engage the audience with it."     For his character of Saajan Fernandez in The Lunchbox, Irrfan modelled it (character) on his uncle who would change three transports to go to his office.     "I used to observe how my uncle would face the peak hour rush. If you notice, the daily travellers bear  the same expression," he said.     Besides Irrfan, The Lunchbox stars Nimrat Kaur and Nawazuddin Siddiqui and is directed by Ritesh Batra. It hits cinema houses on September 20 (in India). PTI

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