Irrfan Khan was one of the most visionary artist in the recent times. With films like Lunchbox, Life Of Pi, The Name Sake, Paan Singh Tomar and many more he proved his worth.
The actor who built his entire career from scratch without any backing from big production houses made a mark for himself not only in Indian Cinema but also in International Cinema. Irrfan’s simplicity spoke about his greatness. The legacy of the legend will be celebrated forever.
On a recent Instagram post, Irrfan son Babil shared a beautiful childhood picture of him along with his father. Babil, who happens to be a film student has a fine take on Bollywood, Nepotism, and most importantly the teaching of his father. Babil wrote, “You know one of the most important things my father taught me as a student of cinema? Before I went to film school, he warned me that I’ll have to prove my self as Bollywood is seldom respected in world cinema and at these moments I must inform about the indian cinema that’s beyond our controlled Bollywood. Unfortunately, it did happen. Bollywood was not respected, no awareness of 60’s – 90’s Indian cinema or credibility of opinion. There was literally one single lecture in the world cinema segment about indian cinema called ‘Bollywood and Beyond’, that too gone through in a class full of chuckles. it was tough to even get a sensible conversation about the real Indian cinema of Satyajit Ray and K.Asif going. You know why that is? Because we, as the Indian audience, refused to evolve. My father gave his life trying to elevate the art of acting in the adverse conditions of noughties Bollywood and alas, for almost all of his journey, was defeated in the box office by hunks with six pack abs delivering theatrical one-liners and defying the laws of physics and reality, photoshopped item songs, just blatant sexism and same-old conventional representations of patriarchy (and you must understand, to be defeated at the box office means that majority of the investment in Bollywood would be going to the winners, engulfing us in a vicious circle). Because we as an audience wanted that, we enjoyed it, all we sought was entertainment and safety of thought, so afraid to have our delicate illusion of reality shattered, so unaccepting of any shift in perception. All effort to explore the potential of cinema and its implications on humanity and existentialism was at best kept by the sidelines. Now there is a change, a new fragrance in the wind. A new youth, searching for a new meaning. We must stand our ground, not let this thirst for a deeper meaning be repressed again. A strange feeling beset when Kalki was trolled for looking like a boy when she cut her hair short, that is pure abolishment of potential. (Although I resent that Sushant’s demise has now become a fluster of political debates, but if a positive change is manifesting, in the way of the Taoist, we embrace it.)”
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After Sushant untimely demise, there is big debate across the country about the prevailing nepotism, favouritism in the Bollywood Industry. People are coming out in public and speaking up for outsiders who needs to face a lot because of not belonging from the industry.
Earlier also Babil spoke about how people should stand up against nepotism, but not to use Sushant Singh Rajput’s death as an excuse.
Actors like Irrfan Khan are big inspiration for all those young kids who have guts to dream big and more importantly chase their dream. Irrfan paved a path and showed all how perseverance, determination and hard work can make anything possible, no matter from where you come, what’s your status.