Irrfan Khan who died at the age of 53 has left a void that no one can fill. Some legends can never be replaced, and some vacuum can never be filled. For every movie lover, his death came as a bolt from blue and the loss is very personal. Today FanKick pays tribute to Irrfan and the rich legacy he created and left behind.
Maqbool – Talk about quality as fine as wine and Irrfan’s class act in Maqbool as Miyan Maqbool in this Vishal Bharadwaj’s film. Vishal’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth would be incomplete without Irrfan being the Macbeth. He transcends into the role with ease and never left it. Today as we mourn him, we cannot help but recollect the dialogue from the film that just rightly asserts Irrfan’s place in this world – “Main tha, main hoon. Aur main hi rahunga.”
The Namesake – Based on Jhumpa Lahiri’s novel of the same name, this Mira Nair film again reunited Irrfan with Tabu after Maqbool. Irrfan’s Ashoke Ganguly stays with you for a lifetime. As a first-generation immigrant who tries to make amends and adjustments with his life in America and his attempts to build a relationship with his son Gogol, played by Kal Penn, Irrfan steals the show.
The Lunchbox – “Sometimes the wrong train will get you to the right station” – nothing special in this dialogue but when we heard Saajan Fernandes utter these words they found a whole new meaning. In this uncommon love story, Irrfan’s mellow and socially distant Saajan was a treat for every movie lover. He was relatable to so many of us trapped in the cycle of life.
Hindi Medium – Now if there is a movie that is about a father’s love for his daughter, then this is the one. Irrfan’s comic timing makes the movie a gem. This movie is everyone’s choice that you can watch again and again and have an ear to ear smile.
Life of Pi – I guess no Indian needs an introduction to this movie. Being cast in Ang Lee’s movie proved how much Irrfan is respected in Hollywood and how is craft is valued by them. He was the older Pi who told the story of his younger self surviving a shipwreck with a tiger. “I suppose in the end, the whole becomes an act of letting go, but what always hurts the most is not taking a moment to say goodbye” – sums up Irrfan Khan as Pi.
We say goodbye to the legend, Irrfan Khan. He might be gone but he lives on – in the movies he acted, the characters he brought to life and the memories he gave us all. Heaven gained a legend today – rest well Irrfan!