“Beehad mein baghi hote hain. Dakait milte hain parliament mein.” (There are rebels in ravine. Dacoits are found in parliament.)
I cannot forget this dialogue of Irrfan Khan-starrer movie “Pan Singh Tomar” following which the entire theatre burst into applause. The sound of clapping and hooting was overwhelming. Such was the impact of his dialogue delivery. I guess this was his only movie I watched in a theatre. Irrfan, who recently passed away after fighting a long battle with a rare form of cancer, was known for his effortless acting.
An accomplished actor like him received recognition little late. Irrfan’s initial years into acting had been struggling. He did many tv serials and few films. But it was Haasil and Maqbool in 2003 and 2004, respectively that gave him his all due success and boundless love of his fans.
This success was followed by movies like The Namesake (2006), Life in a… Metro (2007) and Paan Singh Tomar (2011), which earned him National Film Award for best actor.
Irrfan belongs to one of the finest generation of actors to whom acting came naturally. He had the mastery of expressing emotions without using a single word only through his magical eyes.
He kept on spelling his magic with his power-packed performances in Haider (2014), The Lunchbox (2013), Piku (2015) and Talvar (2015).
Be it the portrayal of the frustrated taxi business owner in Piku or the doting father of his last film Angrezi Medium (2020); Irrfan’s spontaneous acting again and again succeeded in winning his fans’ hearts.
So, in Hollywood, Irrfan showed his distinguished acting skills. From Slumdog Millionaire (2008) to The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), Life of Pi (2012), Jurassic World (2015) and Inferno (2016); he proved himself as an actor par excellence.
For his notable contribution to the world of cinema, he was awarded with Padma Shri in 2011. Madaari (2016), Qarib Qarib Single (2017), Blackmail (2018), Hindi Medium (2017), Karwaan (2018) and Angrezi Medium (2020) are Irrfan’s final gifts to cinema connoisseurs.
Apart from Irrfan’s phenomenal skills, his generosity and simple attitude towards life, even after being in the glitzy world of show biz, were equally remarkable.
Today, we all are feeling the pain of his sudden untimely departure from this world. The void created by his death will never be filled.
Dear Irrfan, you are our shining star and you will always remain alive in our hearts. Om Shanti!