Objection to `Yeh Saali Zindagi` title not justified: Irrfan

Last Updated: Jan 23, 2011, 18:19 PM IST

New Delhi: After director Sudhir Mishra, actor Irrfan Khan is now miffed with the Censor Board for raising a hue and cry on the title of his upcoming film `Yeh Saali Zindagi`.

The film, slated for a February 4 release has drawn the ire of Censor Board Chief Sharmila Tagore, who recently wrote a letter to Mishra asking him to change the title.

Interestingly, apart from the veteran actress the film`s title and presentation received a thumbs up from the rest of the panel in the Censor Board.

"I don`t think there should be any objection to the title of the film. If there is any problem than the Censor Board should provide a strong valid reason," Irrfan told reporters.

"Personally I don`t think a word like `saali` should be a reason of controversy. In our society a relationship between `jija` and `saali` exists and in actual life we call it by this name only," said the actor, who received critical acclaim for his roles in `Maqbool, `Haasil` and `Slumdog Millionaire`.

The film, which also stars Chitrangada Singh, Arunoday Singh, Saurabh Shukla, was first titled as `Dil Dar Badar` but was changed afterwards on the basis of an online poll to make it apt to its storyline.

The 48-year-old actor also cited the example of Dilip Kumar song from film `Sageena` song `Saala Main to Sahab Ban Gaya.`

Meanwhile, the actor who will next be seen essaying the role of villian Proto Goblin in his upcoming movie `Spiderman Reboot` is currently busy juggling his career between Bollywood and Hollywood.

"This time my work schedule is of ten days and the remaining part of the schedule will be decided afterwards," said the actor who will return to India at the end of the month.

"The Spiderman series has a huge fan following and on a personal level I like British actor Andrew garfield. I don`t want to lose the golden opportunity of sharing screen space with a brilliant actor and the challenging role," said Irrfan on his inclination for Hollywood projects.

"After returning I will be on a promotional activity for my film `Yeh Saali...`and apart from this I have next film lined up with Anees Bazmee `Thank You,` a romantic comedy whose shooting will start simultaneously," he added.

However, Irrfan who had a tough time establishing himself as a seasoned actor in the tinsel town is going great guns after starring in a number of Hollywood projects including `A Mighty Heart`, `Namesake`, `The Darjeeling Limited`, `Slumdog Millionaire` and his recently released film `Hisss` opposite actress Mallika Sherawat.

PTI