Bollywood Mourns Irrfan Khan, Versatile Actor Who Touched Millions

Friday, 01 May, 2020

At the time, he was a familiar face in the Indian film industry, but did not command the kind of fandom and euphoria associated with the more popular Khans of Bollywood -Aamir, Shah Rukh and Salman.

He then landed a starring role in the acclaimed "Life of Pi", and would go on to appear in movies like "The Amazing Spider-Man", "Jurassic World" and "Inferno". Film fans will know Khan from his role in the movie adaptation of Canadian author Yann Martel's The Life of Pi, in which he played the grown up version of the film's titular character, Piscine Molitor Patel. The two have worked in the film NY I Love You by Mira Nair.

Khan made his screen debut in the Academy Award-nominated 1988 drama "Salaam Bombay!", a tale of Mumbai's street children. Can we, who feel his loss with a heavy heart, today, draw comfort from the Margaret Mitchell quote that he posted soon after learning about his debilitating disease in 2018.

The Life of Pi could also be considered as a philosophical and psychological film on top of its awesome visual effects and color scheme. "All the better for us, as there was no way we could've afforded him if he were a huge star". "A few years ago, when he was shooting in Hyderabad, he messaged me, but we couldn't meet", Gunasekhar rues. Surrounded by his love, his family for whom he most cared about, he left for heaven abode, leaving behind truly a legacy of his own. "Hollywood isn't ready for an Indian leading man", he said. "Condolences to the family", Chopra wrote on Twitter. He harboured aspirations to be a cricketer but turned eventually to acting, already a passion of his since his mid-teens. "If I didn't get in I would have gone mad. I wanted to do something where I would connect". He worked with his film with Tom Hanks and Felicity Jones. Sharing a touching note in which he said he owes his acting career to Irrfan Khan, Fahadh acknowledges that he had never met Irrfan or even seen him in person as it was after watching the "Piku" actor's films that he was inspired to quit engineering school in America and return home to act.

Fahadh also confesses that when his wife and actor Nazriya broke the news of Irrfan Khan's death to him, he was not shocked initially and just "went about doing his work".