Irrfan Khan's Son, Babil On Why He Was Traumatised By His Father's Popularity, 'I Had A Distance...'

In a recent interview, 'Qala' fame Babil Khan opened up about being traumatised due to his father, Irrfan Khan's utmost popularity.


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Irrfan Khan's Son, Babil On Why He Was Traumatised By His Father's Popularity, 'I Had A Distance...'

Irrfan Khan is a Bollywood actor who is quite famous for his notable works in films such as Piku, Life Of Pi, and many more. He was critically praised for his performance in the Oscar-winning film, Slumdog Millionaire. Irrfan also received the National Film Award and Padmashri. Though the talented actor is no longer with us, his legacy is being continued perfectly by his equally talented son, Babil Khan.

Babil Khan debuted as an actor with the OTT film, Qala in 2022. Previously, he had worked as a camera assistant. Recently, in an interview, this new-age Bollywood actor opened up about the difficulties he faced as a child and the trauma and pain of being separated from Irrfan. 

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Babil Khan discusses the problematic times from his childhood

Irrfan Khan was one of the most talented and finest actors of B-town. His untimely death was a massive loss for the industry, and his brilliant performances in films still hold a special place in our hearts. Irrfan’s son, Babil often reminds us of Irrfan with his extraordinary acting talent.

In a recent interview with MensXP, Babil Khan shared how the huge fan-following of his father, Irrfan Khan used to affect him. Whenever Babil went out with his father, he felt terrified, thinking he would be separated from him. Speaking about the same, Babil said:

“So when a bodyguard comes and takes him away because the crowd is rushing to him and that hand gets pulled away, for the child, I think it’s very traumatic. I had distance from my father, physical distance because he was shooting a lot, but he was very affectionate towards me when he was there.”

Babil felt that it was very traumatic for a child to be separated from his father at a young age, but he also remembered the joyous moments he spent with his father as a child. It was very evident from his words that he missed his father very much.

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Babil Khan’s heartfelt note

On Irrfan Khan's birth anniversary 2024, Babil Khan shared a picture on his IG handle with his father and penned a heartfelt note for him. Babil wrote that he knew his father the way no one else could know. He also added that it was easy to miss him and to cry over his death. A part of he note could be read as:

Do you know what is hard? To remember the ecstasy in his voice when he would raise it in exaltation to scream “BABILUUUU!!!” every single time he’d see me. To remember then how painful it would be to lose him for the stretches of barren time when he would be away shooting. It is impossible to remember how his beard felt on my fingers when I would scratch his cheek as he read his script or how my fingertips would rest gently on his eyelids when he took a nap. His voice was brilliantly deep, yet it evoked nothing but a gentle prayer from me, a prayer that could only rise from one’s within when an external force has calmed your existential jitters to stillness.

On the work front, Babil was last seen in the film, The Railway Men with Kay Kay Menon, R. Madhavan and others. We will see him soon in the film, The Umesh Chronicles with the legendary Amitabh Bachchan.

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