“ROOH KI MAUT NAHI HOTI, AUR ROOHDAAR MARTA NAHI HAI”– MISS YOU FOREVER.
Irrfan Khan, the finest and brilliant actor in the Indian film industry is no more. He would not only be remembered for his acting skills but for his spirit to fighting spirit, dedication for work and thoughts. His eyes were sufficient to mesmerize any person. He used those eyes magnificently to make connect with the audience and narrate the untold part of the character. Irrfan was also a good cricketer and later, he was selected for the CK Nayudu Tournament for emerging players under 23 years. However, he could not turn up for the tournament owing to a lack of funds.
Irrfan khan attended Nation School of Drama (NSD) in 1984-87. His first movie was Academy Award Nominated ‘Salaam Bombay’ (1988). In this critically acclaimed movie, Irrfan appeared on the screen only for a single scene as a letter writer to give glimpses of his talent. When he arrived in Mumbai after graduating NSD, he started working as an air conditioner repairman. It is even said that one of the first houses he visited for repairing services was that of the legend Rajesh Khanna.
Even being a rare talent, Irrfan did not hit the limelight instantaneously. Irrfan struggled to get a significant number of good movies during the first 12 -13 years of his career. Irrfan only managed to corner 10 movies in his kitty till 2000. During these 12-13 years, Irrfan Khan acted in numerous Hindi TV serials and short series. He acted in some of the most famous serials/daily soaps of Indian Television such as Chanakya, Bharat Ek Khoj, Sara Jahan Hamara, Banegi Apni Baat, Chandrakanta, Shrikant, AnooGoonj on Doordarshan, Star Bestsellers (Star Plus), and Sparsh. He was well known for his double role in Chandrakanta.
Television is a very small space for a big actor like Irrfan Khan. Irrfan’s role in a Hollywood movie ‘The Warrior’ changed everything for him. The film opened extremely well at International Film festivals, establishing Irrfan as a highly talented actor. His acting in ‘The Warrior’ made the Indian Film Industry realize that they have ignored one of the finest actors for more than a decade. He was always a fine actor but somehow he did not get the appreciation he deserves during the initial period of his career.
After ‘The Warrior’, he got a lot of offers from Indian as well as Hollywood producers but he only accepted those roles which he found challenging and worthy. After ‘The Warrior’, Hindi Movies ‘Haasil’ and ‘Maqbool’ made him a star. In ‘Maqbool’, he played the role of a gangster, his dialogue delivery and the way he approached the role made every Indian cinema lover a fan of Irrfan Khan. He played the protagonist in the movie ‘Rog’. He carried the whole movie single-handedly on the power of his acting skills.
Then came ‘The Namesake’ which established him in Hollywood as well. His acting was appreciated by none other than Julia Roberts. His acting in Movie ‘Paan Singh Tomar’ earned him National Award for 2012. This movie was a big commercial success. After Paan Singh Tomar, he played many memorable roles in movies like D-Day, Lunchbox, Piku, Talvar, Madaari, Qarib Qarib Single, and many more. His role in Spiderman, Inferno, Jurassic World and Oscar award winner Life of Pi were appreciated everywhere.
Irrfan earned a lot of love and respect with his roles in Hindi Medium, Karwaan, Blackmail and Piku. Immensely talented Irrfan Khan was last seen in the movie ‘Angrezi Medium’. He came back from the US, where he was under treatment for the neuroendocrine tumor, discovered in 2018, to complete the shooting of ‘Angrezi Medium’. His commitment to the work was incomparable. Although, he was not in the best of his health due to the disease, he performed fabulously in the movie.
Every cinema lover is at loss today due to the demise of Irrfan Khan. They have been stripped off from the right to see their beloved Irrfan Khan on the silver screen. The whole Indian Film industry is mourning the death of Irrfan. The departure of Irrfan Khan means we would not be able to enjoy quality cinema, beautiful eyes and wonderful acting that we would have in the coming years.