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Irrfan goes on a dream date with Michelle Yeoh

Dreams do come true, as Irrfan Khan discovered on his trip to the Cannes Film Festival this year. The actor got to meet his favourite actress, Michelle Yeoh, at a dinner party.

Irrfan plays a key role in A Mighty Heart, Michael Winterbottom's docu-drama style recreation of the abduction and killing of journalist Daniel Pearl, and was in Cannes to promote the film along with lead actress Angelina Jolie, producer Brad Pitt, director Winterbottom, actress Archie Panjabi and Mariane Pearl.

Dream come true

Irrfan sounds thrilled while talking about the incident. He says, "It was a dream come true for me when I met Michelle Yeoh for dinner on Tuesday night at the Carlton Hotel, where she is staying.

I am staying at Hotel Du Cap Eden Roc (between Cannes and Nice) where George Clooney and Andy Garcia are put up.

It so happened that my favourite director Asif Kapadia (The Warrior, which Irrfan has acted in) has directed another film with Michelle (produced by Betrand Faivre, the producer of The Warrior), called Far North.

Asif called me over for dinner and when I reached there, the surprise package was Michelle! I was stunned to meet my favourite actress."

Irrfan adds that Michell is a fantastic person. "She is very pleasant and there's something magical about her. We sat and chatted about various issues ranging from A Mighty Heart to Far North."

Dressing up Irrfan

Though Irrfan had walked the ramp with Jolie and Pitt wearing his Armani suit, for his dinner date, Irrfan says, "I wore casual clothes.

I don't want to wear designer outfits all the time.

My manager suggested I should wear Armani as they wanted me to dress for the occasion.

It's important to wear a tuxedo on the red carpet, though personally I am not bothered about these things.

It was more important that the message should go across to the audience.

The book and film is a fight against ignorance and hatred."

And what did Michelle wear? "She wore a beautiful floral-print gown in green colour," says a spellbound Irrfan. 

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