“I always object to the word, Bollywood ” he told The Guardian in 2013. Irrfan always thought Indian cinema has its own style of movie making. He believed it originated from Parsi theater. Now, Irrfan is no more, he was 53. Irrfan added and extra ‘R’ to his name just because he liked the sound of it. He always loved to tell stories.
Irrfan has done it all. A versatile actor who has seen television, Bollywood, Hollywood, Cannes and several other milestones altogether. If not sick, he would be starring opposite Deepika Padukone in Vishal Bharadwaj’s next. Irrfan was suffering from neuroendocrine tumor. He was almost cured after a long heist in London for the same. Shah Rukh Khan gave his house in London for Irrfan’s family to stay until they were in London. Healthy Irrfan got back to work through Angrezi Medium, which is his last movie now. He was admitted to Kokilaben Hospital in Mumbai for colon infection.
Irrfan was a darling of his directors. His craft was so loved by everyone across industries. Director Wes Anderson specifically wrote a small role for Khan in his movie The Darjeeling Limited. The director desperately wanted to work with him. He is the only Indian actor to have starred in 2 movies that won Oscars – Slum dog Millionaire and The Life of Pi. Irrfan’s death has certainly left a vacuum that cannot be filled by any.