Time flies and how. Today is the first death anniversary of Irrfan Khan. It’s difficult to imagine that it’s been a year since the much loved and globally acclaimed actor is no longer with us. He was a rare actor whom nobody disliked. Everyone looked forward to watching him on screen. As a result, the pain felt by cinegoers across the world was quite deep when news came in on April 29, 2020 that he had left us. And it’s not surprising that days before his first death anniversary, people began to post tributes about him and thereby show how much they miss him. Irrfan’s family, wife Sutapa Sikdar and son Babil, too, have been giving interviews and are revealing a lot of trivia about him, which had never come out before.
And one such trivia revealed by Sutapa is surely worth knowing. Irrfan Khan had admitted in few of his interviews that Alejandro González Iñárritu, the director of films like Babel (2006), Birdman (2014) and The Revenant (2015) was his favourite and that he would love to do a film with him. In a recent interview, Sutapa Sikdar confessed that after he passed away, she came to know that the Oscar winning filmmaker had expressed his desire to work with Irrfan and was even ready to cast him in his next film! It was Mira Nair (who had worked with Irrfan Khan in 2017 drama, The Namesake) who told Sutapa about this development. For unknown reasons, Mira Nair never told Irrfan about it, probably as he was ailing at that time and was not in a position to take up any film. Sutapa Sikdar, at this, admits that it’s a bit regretful that Irrfan Khan went away without knowing that his most favourite director wanted to work with him.
Interestingly, just 1 ½ months before Irrfan Khan died, his last film, Angrezi Medium, released in cinemas. It also co-starred Deepak Dobriyal, Radhika Madan, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Dimple Kapadia and unfortunately, it released when the Coronavirus cases had begun to multiply. It hardly ran in cinemas for 4 days after which theatres shut down across the country.
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