It’s been exactly a year since Irrfan Khan passed away, leaving behind an irreplaceable void in Indian cinema. He is not just missed by his family and loved ones but also millions of fans across the world.
Remembering the late actor, his frequent co-actor Deepak Dobriyal, who played the role of his brother in his last film ‘Angrezi Medium’, shared a few stories about Irrfan. In a heartfelt interview with The Indian Express, Dobriya shares how he still smiles hearing Irrfan’s name and thanks the actor for leaving behind a legacy.
Talking about the one time he saw Irrfan get vulnerable, Deepak Dobriyal says:
“Only once I saw him getting weak on the ‘Angrezi Medium’ set. We spoke about his main surgery, and I asked if we could get rid of the tumour by any other method which was non-surgical. He said he’s tired of going through the pain again and again. You can say he was getting irritated with his treatment. He just wanted the tumour to be removed.”
He went on to add how he was hopeful that Irrfan would survive because the actor smiled through the pain.
“I was hopeful Irrfan bhai would recover because of the way he smiled, despite his disease. He had the strength to keep his personal feelings and struggle under the lid and let the emotions of his ‘Angrezi Medium’ character hold sway. It’s impossible for any actor to hold on this long at such a painful juncture. He projected it like a stretched viral disease so that people didn’t get tensed on set.”
He added how Irrfan’s death left a huge impact on his fans.
“If there was no Covid, Andheri would’ve jammed the day Irrfan bhai passed away.”
Irrfan Khan’s son Babil took to Instagram to share a picture of the actor building a table and shared a heartfelt post for his first death anniversary.
“There is a legacy that has already been concluded by my Baba himself. A full stop. Nobody can ever replace him. Nobody will ever be able to. To the greatest best friend, companion, brother, father, I ever had and ever will have. I love you so much, for the rest of this chaos we are choosing to call life. I miss you, more than all that shah-Jahan/Mumtaz stuff,” he writes.
Have a look at his full post here:
Speaking to TOI recently, Irrfan’s wife Sutapa expressed how figuring out a life without him is difficult.
“The loneliness is very strong. Because we were not very social, we did not have too many friends. We were always that two-people unit. He would come back from a shoot and we would see a film or talk. So it so revolved around him. It is very difficult to figure out a life without him,” she said.
You are deeply missed, Irrfan. Shine on, wherever you are!