Irrfan Khan attends a photocall on day three of the 14th annual Dubai International Film Festival held at the Madinat Jumeriah Complex on Dec. 8, 2017 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images for DIFF)

Director Akarsh Khurrana, who is looking forward to his film “Karwaan,” says he was initially in awe of his leading man Irrfan Khan.

Khurrana, a well-known name in Mumbai theatre scene who directed “High Jack,” said he was bit nervous about collaborating with an exceptional actor like Irrfan.

“Irrfan is one of the finest actors in Bollywood. I was in awe for the first few days. But then I realized that he is very accessible and normal. He seemed to be happy with the way things were going,” the director said in a statement.

He said what he liked the most about Irrfan is that he has a process and does his homework.

“He’s normal and chatty, and then when the cameras roll he transforms into this whole new persona, with a wide range of emotions. We had a ball of a time while shooting for the film and now that he is away… we all are missing him,” he added about the actor, who is currently in London undergoing treatment for neuroendocrine tumor.

The film also stars Dulquer Salmaan and Mithila Palkar.

“Karwaan” revolves around three oddballs from different walks of life who are thrown together in a bizarre journey which helps them find normalcy in their lives.

“Karwaan” is produced by Ronnie Screwvala’s RSVP in association with Priti Rathi Gupta of Ishka films.