Beloved and talented actor Irrfan Khan passed away today at the age of 53. The wave of shock and grief has gripped us all and it will be some time before we can get over this tragedy. We send prayers and wishes to the bereaved family. Irrfan was admitted to the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, where he breathed his last.
We will always remember him as a powerhouse performer who spread happiness among millions with his presence on the screen and the conviction he brought to every role he played. On this fateful day, we fondly remember Irrfan, his natural charisma, and his delightful demeanor.
This quirky, Padma Shri award-winning actor never failed to stun us with his acting as well as his personality. Mostly known for doing offbeat roles, Irrfan Khan’s films are always satisfying to watch. Whether it’s Piku, Paan Singh Tomar, Karwaan, Lunchbox, or Hindi Medium, with every film he nonchalantly proved that he’s not just another Bollywood star. Here are a few things we will miss about him, among a thousand others.
Being silently brilliant
Irrfan was easily one of the few Bollywood actors who bagged international projects silently and not a notch less than brilliant, this man! He starred in Jurassic World along with Hollywood stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard and others. It collected an unprecedented $524.1 million at the box office. His other Hollywood ventures like Life of Pi, Namesake, Slumdog Millionaire, The Amazing Spider-Man, and Inferno were also appreciated and loved.
It would seem that Irrfan loved breaking stereotypes. While he was not conventionally muscular or buff, he made a great romantic hero. His chemistry with Deepika Padukone in Piku was endearing, to say the least. He also made us swoon in Qarib Qarib Singlle. While all other Bollywood stars gyrated in vacuous item numbers, Irrfan Khan created the most epic spoof ‘party song’ ever!
Winning awards across the canvas
Irrfan Khan has received many international awards, including Asian Film Award for Best Actor, Outstanding Achievement Award- Asia-Pacific Film Festival and Best Actor- Dubai International Film Festival. And guess what, Julia Roberts personally congratulated him for his performance in Slumdog Millionaire!
We will forever love you and you will always be in our hearts with the legacy you have left behind – your envious body of work. Your craft was unparalleled and we have loved you since your TV days.
Rest easy, Irrfan.