I love romantic roles: Irrfan Khan

Mumbai: He has rarely played a lover-boy on the big screen, but versatile actor Irrfan says he loves the romantic genre on screen.

"I love to romance on screen. I did `Yeh Saali Zindagi` and `Maqbool`. I love to do romantic roles but I need to get a script which convinces me. I can`t fake myself in romance," said Irrfan.

The actor will now be seen in Oscar-winning filmmaker Ang Lee`s latest movie "Life Of Pi", an adaptation of an eponymous novel by Yann Martel.

Irrfan says he had to capture Lee`s vision to play the elder Pi in the film, instead of adapting the character from the book.

"That was Yann`s version and this is Ang`s version. I was only concerned about Ang`s version. This is cinema and that was book. I have to understand what Pi is from Ang`s vision as he is telling the story and I am part of that. I am not part of Yann`s part of the story," he said.

The movie narrates the tale of a young boy named Pi, who is the only person to survive the sinking of a cargo ship. He finds himself on a lifeboat with a hyena, a zebra, an orangutan, and a Bengal tiger.

"This subject is very tough to be converted into film. It deals with so many issues. It`s almost impossible to shoot a tiger, boy and a boat in sea, it`s an immense challenge," said Irrfan.

The movie is shot in 3D, and the actor hopes it takes the format to a next level.

"This is one of the films where you can see never-seen-before 3D in your life. 3D is a new medium and it needs exploration. Ang has taken 3D to the next level. I am just not talking about the effects, he has used 3D in a very poetic way. He has used it delicately," the 45-year-old said.

‘Life Of Pi’, which also features Tabu, releases Nov 23.