A Legend of world cinema left us today, after living a glorious life of 53 years.
Irrfan Khan is one such actor whose effortless acting and presence can make any film worth watching. The legend was featured in over 100 plus movies and several TV series. He was widely acknowledged all over the world. He was a part of Lunchbox, Slumdog Millionaire, Life of Pi, Jurassic World, Amazing Spiderman, Hindi Medium, Talvar, Paan Singh Tomar, Maqbool and many more such amazing films.
Irrfan was born in Jaipur, Rajasthan as Sahabzade Irfan Ali Khan to Begum Khan and Jagirdar Khan. Even after growing up in a middle class family, he never dreamed of anything smaller. Irrfan in his early 20s was very interested in playing cricket. He was a skilled player, he even got a chance to play in CK Nayudu Tournament but unfortunately due to no funds he had to leave it. Later in 1984 he earned a scholarship for the National School of Drama in New Delhi.
His journey from a small town boy to the most respected and cherished actor of Indian cinema is totally remarkable. Do you know when he first arrived in Bombay, he worked as an AC repair man for livelihood. One of the first houses he visited to repair an AC was the house of actor Rajesh Khanna.
He made his film debut in 1988’s film, Salaam Bombay where he played a small role. His ultimate breakthrough comes after his work in Maqbool (2004) directed by Vishal Bhardwaj. His filmy carrier took a big jump after that. He goes on to appear in many critically acclaimed films in both Bollywood and Hollywood. Fun fact he is the only Bollywood actor who is a part of two Academy Award winning movies.
• Filmfare Award for Best Actor in a Negative role – Haasil (2004)
• Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor – Life In A… Metro (2008)
• Padma Shri Award for his contribution to Art and Cinema
• National Film Award for Best Actor in a Lead role – Paan Singh Tomar (2013)
• Filmfare Award for Best Actor in a Lead role(critics) – Paan Singh Tomar (2013)
• Filmfare Award for Best Actor in a Lead role – Hindi Medium (2018)
As the actor use to say, awards are just piece of metal. Your real award is people’s love and Mr. Khan has earned a lot of that. Yes it is a sad day for everyone but as an Actor he has left so much of himself in all of us that we can’t take him out of our memories. His last movie Angrezi medium is a perfect example of how a man can battle the biggest fight of his life and come back to make a film purely dedicated to his fans. His movies, his characters, his dialogues everything will forever inspire us to be a better version of ourselves. The man has marked his presence all over the world in such a short span of time.
A mainstay of Bollywood cinema and incredible talent in films like “Slumdog Millionaire,” “Life of Pi” and “The Namesake,” Irrfan Khan left his imprint on global cinema. An inspiration to millions, he will be greatly missed. pic.twitter.com/o21DMMC2o5
— The Academy (@TheAcademy) April 29, 2020
Irrfan Khan’s demise is a loss to the world of cinema and theatre. He will be remembered for his versatile performances across different mediums. My thoughts are with his family, friends and admirers. May his soul rest in peace.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 29, 2020
My friend…inspiration & the greatest actor of our times. Allah bless your soul Irrfan bhai…will miss you as much as cherish the fact that you were part of our lives.
“पैमाना कहे है कोई, मैखाना कहे है दुनिया तेरी आँखों को भी, क्या क्या ना कहे है” Love u pic.twitter.com/yOVoCete4A
— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) April 29, 2020
His body is now resting in Versova Kabrastan in Mumbai. Even in lockdown, many of his friends and colleagues attended his last rites.With remembering the beautiful smile on Irrfan’s face, we send our prayers to him and strength to his family.