Irrfan: An actor, a hero, a villain, a legend, a great man

Bhavik Bamania
Bhavik Bamania
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Irrfan: An actor, a hero, a villain, a legend, a great man

For me, and many of us who hails from Rajasthan particularly from Jodhpur or Jaipur, Irrfan was not only an actor, he was like our brother who belongs to our state, his maternal place was few kilometers away from my home. His loss feels like a personal loss. Irrfan you left us too soon!

It is absolutely impossible scenario where you are having a discussion about acting, and Irrfan didn’t came across in your mind, forget about Bollywood, he was as famous perhaps more desired and famous in Hollywood as well, a dark, tall, mysterious face with curly hairs and deep voice, and obviously his eyes, that’s the USP of his acting. He made as to watch Syska LED bulbs advertisements and all this happened because of his natural flawless and versatile skills of acting.

Irrfan Khan in his childhood

And, today when the entire world was waiting in anxiety of meteorite which was rumored to hit the earth. A gem of Bollywood has decided to calls upon his fight with a rare kind of cancer neuroendocrine tumor from which he was fighting since 2 years, and for fans like me, it is absolutely hard to digest the news of this demise, even after hours, many of us are hard to digest that our Irrfan is no more with us. India just lost it’s best crossover actor, it’s best international actor!

Irrfan Khan in Salaam Bombay, his breakthrough

Sahabzade Irfan Ali Khan, who was professionally known as Irrfan Khan or simply Irrfan was born on 7th January 1967, in Jaipur, his mother hails from the family of Hakeems of Jodhpur. Irrfan was a NSD product but the success he had didn’t came overnight it took a decade and a half to understand the caliber of Irrfan, though he was a familiar face in Televisions as Shrikant, Chandrakanta, Chanakya, Bharat Ek Khoj are some of the remarkable work of his career in Television industry, he rose to fame with his movie Haasil, which won him his first black lady for the negative role!

He got his first lead role in Maqbool but the real success came with Paan Singh Tomar, he became a familiar face across the country, those who are after commercial success movies also started to take a note on him, and rest is history, from that moment he never turned back, with every movie he started to experiment with himself and fans loved whatever he did on silver screens.

A still from The Darjeeling Limited

It was his sheer versatility which makes him to smitten the audience be it a negative role in Haasil, or be it in the lights of the greats like Pankaj Kapoor, Om Puri, Naseeruddin Shah in Maqbool, or a middle aged shy silent lover in The Lunch Box (which is my personal favorite work of Irrfan, from the long list of his brilliant works it was extremely hard to pick anyone!), a young character in Life in a Metro, or Paan Singh Tomar, who being an innocent, simple soldier who was a champion steeplechase runner to a deadly dacoit of Chambal valley, and then lead roles in Hindi Medium, Angrezi Medium which directly connects the heart of any viewer. He was sublime, class apart, you might not like the movie but you never ever going to get disappointed by Irrfan’s performance he played everything with utmost honesty.

Irrfan Khan as a sikh, in Qissa

That was Irrfan, and that’s was his story of sheer brilliance, but he was not only a good actor but he was a good soul too, take out any interview of him, you won’t feel the gap between you and him, the gap that other artists creates among themselves and the masses, he will convince you that he doesn’t belong from the so-called elite class which most of celebs tries to convey, he is from the audience he is one of us. This approach earned a simple, down to the earth, controversy free life in Bollywood, he was in news only because of his work.

Saajan Fernandes, in Lunchbox, it was the best character Irrfan has ever played according to me, it just connects

When today he left us just after four days after the demise of his mother Saeeda Begam, who died in Jaipur and because of lockdown he wasn’t able to attend her funeral, he left us with his riches which doesn’t lie in the materialistic things, but the number of fans across the globe, who are numb, shocked, out of words at the moment and for those like me, and many of us who hails from Rajasthan particularly from Jodhpur or Jaipur, Irrfan was not only an actor, he was like our brother who belongs to our state, his maternal place was few kilometres away from my home. His loss feels like a personal loss to me and I am sure to most of us. Irrfan you left us too soon! He was few of the celebrity who made people to cry.

Irrfan Khan, in his last movie Angrezi Medium

He left us with message for all of us, he left us with the riches which will going to live forever and left a deep void which no one ever able to fill. He was rare, he was unique, he was the most versatile Khan, he was simply Irrfan. I wonder now how can I ever able to trust an actor like him, that I used to go movies by just knowing the fact it is Irrfan’s movie, perhaps never, Om Shanti!