The international star Irrfan Khan had a great fan following in many countries of the world other than India. He has worked in some Hollywood movies also and received immense appreciation by audiences, his co-stars and other celebs as well for his impeccable acting talent.
The “Maqbool” actor took his last breath on 29th April 2020 after succumbing to a prolonged illness. Irrfan’s last movie was “Angrezi Medium” that could not make it to the theatres as the cinema halls have been shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic and eventually, it has been released on Disney Hotstar.
After the sudden departure of Irrfan, the whole nation including celebrities from the politics and sports world, television and movie industry, fans and general public mourned the unfortunate happening A very famous writer Paulo Coehlo also paid tribute to the awesome Indian actor and for this purpose, the author used a quote from the Hindu religious book, Bhagvad Gita. Paulo Coehlo made a tweet which read,
“A star joins other stars in the sky. Thank you for everything, Irrfan Khan
‘D*ath is as sure for that which is born, as birth is for that which is de*d. Therefore grieve not for what is inevitable.’
― Bhagavad Gita”
A star joins other stars in the sky. Thank you for everything, Irrfan Khan
“Death is as sure for that which is born, as birth is for that which is dead. Therefore grieve not for what is inevitable.”
― Bhagavad Gita pic.twitter.com/WKaOlgf4bi
— Paulo Coelho (@paulocoelho) April 30, 2020
Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie who worked with Irrfan Khan in the movie “A Mighty Heart” (2007) which was based on the story of Daniel Pearl, a journalist who lost his life in Pakistan in 2002, also expressed her sorrow on the unfortunate event. She praised Irrfan for the intensity of his commitment as well as for his smile.
Riz Ahmed, the “Venom” actor, also paid tribute to Irrfan Khan despite the fact that he never met the actor; nevertheless, he was an inspiration for him as he tweeted, “Rest in peace one of the greatest actors of our time, Irrfan Khan. I never met him but he was an inspiration and a hero to me and millions of others. His work was consistently transcendent, he was a guiding light for so many of us.”
Rest in peace one of the greatest actors of our time, Irrfan Khan. I never met him but he was an inspiration and a hero to me and millions of others. His work was consistently transcendent, he was a guiding light for so many of us. pic.twitter.com/BwobeLvNLn
— Riz Ahmed (@rizwanahmed) April 29, 2020
“The Office” star Mindy Kaling was also heartbroken after hearing this news and she wrote on Instagram that Irrfan had once told her they would collaborate on something and she called it an honour for herself.
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I’m devastated by the news that the legend, Irrfan Khan, passed away at the age of 53. He was my favorite actor. Irrfan’s performances were defined by his subtlety and sensitivity, he could do more with silence and many actors could do with a two page Sorkin monologue. You watched him onscreen and thought “I know that person!” in any role he played, even if he was being chased around Europe in a Da Vinci Code movie with @tomhanks. He once wrote me to see if we could collaborate on something, and it remains the greatest honor of my career. If you aren’t familiar with his work, please watch Mira Nair’s The Namesake, or Ritesh Batra’s The Lunchbox. You will become a lifelong fan, I promise. I feel robbed of his future performances. My heart goes out to his family.
Colin Trevorrow, the director of “Jurassic Park” also remembered the “Haasil” actor and called him a thoughtful person. His tweet read, “Deeply sad to have lost #IrrfanKhan. A thoughtful man who found beauty in the world around him, even in pain. In our last correspondence, he asked me to remember ‘the wonderful aspects of our existence’ in the darkest of days. Here he is, laughing.”
Deeply sad to have lost #IrrfanKhan. A thoughtful man who found beauty in the world around him, even in pain. In our last correspondence, he asked me to remember “the wonderful aspects of our existence” in the darkest of days. Here he is, laughing. pic.twitter.com/8eAsSOO9Ie
— Colin Trevorrow (@colintrevorrow) April 29, 2020
Kal Penn who worked with Irrfan in “The Namesake” tweeted, “Irrfan’s art and humanity will be badly missed. Never seen someone use the beats of silence so beautifully to convey so much about who we are. Sending love to Sutapa and the family.”
Irrfan’s art and humanity will be badly missed. Never seen someone use the beats of silence so beautifully to convey so much about who we are. Sending love to Sutapa and the family. pic.twitter.com/L3NN1wuz6H
— Kal Penn (@kalpenn) April 29, 2020
Irrfan Khan was also remembered by Academy and Golden Globes as they shared an image of Irrfan to pay tribute to him.
Check out The Academy’s tweet:
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
Here’s the post made by Golden Globes:
Irrfan will surely be missed by his fans and admirers but it’s also true that he will live in our hearts forever!