“Inside I am very emotional, outside I am very happy” along with a message about his last movie “Angrezi Medium” was his last tweet. The effortless actor who always put a smile on our faces filled our hearts with laughter, and sometimes our eyes with salinity, but never did we ever think that we will cry for his demise so soon. In his last movie, he created a small message for all of his audience fraternity and asked us to wait for him and so everyone did until today. “It is genuinely tough to make lemonade when life gives you lemon but all we can do is survive with positivity” this was his statement about what life got him into. Irfan Khan suffered from the neuroendocrine tumour for quite a long time and he drew in his last breaths on 29th April in Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, Mumbai at the age of 53. Around two years back he took upon his twitter account to inform us about his neuroendocrine tumour and expressed that though it’s difficult for him to admit the fact life is not under any obligation to give what one expects.
Irfan Khan was born into a Muslim family in Rajasthan on 7th January 1967 and nearly made his career into Cricket until the lack of funds intervened and he pursued MA. He earned a scholarship to study at the National School of Drama in New Delhi in 1987. Khan started his career with numerous serials like- Chanakya, Bharat Ek Khoj, Banegi Apni Baat, Chandrakanta, etc. He acted in a teleplay on Doordarshan as well named Laal Ghaas Par Neele Ghode playing the role of Lenin. He acted in versatile roles as a psycho serial killer, a famous revolutionary Urdu poet, he played the role of a parchoon shopkeeper who has an assumption that his landlord`s wife is seducing him on few episodes of Star Bestseller, he played the role of office accountants, a thug and many more. In the 90`s he emerged in Ek Doctor Ki Maut and Such a Long Journey.
He was given the lead role by Asif Kapadia who was a London- based director in the movie The Warrion, and this movie established Khan as a known face. After that, he made Road to Ladakh, and Shakespeare`s Macbeth adaptation Maqbool. His acting was commended by critics and everyone told that his eyes spoke more than his words. His first Bollywood lead role was Rog, 2005. Irfan Khan won the Filmfare award for Best Villain in 2004 for the movie Haasil. He acted in the box office hits like Metro and Namesake and won the Filmfare for best-supporting actor. He played the role of a police officer in Slumdog Millionaire, the movie cast won a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. There were several other movies in which he established himself as a true actor and made a special place in the heart of the audience. Acid Factory, Piku, Paan Singh Tomar, Gunday, Haider, Piku, Talvar, Jazba, Hindi medium, Karwaan, Qarib Qarib Single, Lunchbox, these movies will be forever enjoyed. His contribution to the international platform was notable too- Jurassic World, Inferno alongside Tom Hanks, The Amazing Spider-Man, Life of Pi. Like most of the actors, he struggled to get into the place he is, but his acting was phenomenal. The audience felt like Irfan Khan is the person next door; he was so effortless and perfect with his acting skills.
Irfan Khan is a major loss of the entire film fraternity and his demise is a shock to everyone. For two years he was from the neuroendocrine tumour, but we all expected that he will again get in front of those cameras and mesmerize us with his acting. We laughed, cried, and again laughed with him, and in the last hour, we feel immensely emotional and disheartened. The film industry and society could have got so much from his original and versatile acting. In the end, life is actually an act of letting go.