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Once in a lifetime, we come across an actor, who brings life to the characters he portrays on-screen. And one such actor was Irrfan Khan, who had time and again made us laugh, cry and fall madly in love with him. Irrfan had stunned his audience with his stellar performance in his debut film, Salaam Bombay and since then, there has been no looking back for this versatile actor. An institution of talents, Irrfan’s effortless action and amazing dialogue delivery had always mesmerised his fans. Whether it is Piku or Paan Singh Tomar, Irrfan had done justice to all his on-screen characters. (Also Read: Karan Singh Grover's Heartmelting Wish For Bipasha Basu On Her 42nd Birthday Makes Our Heart Flutter)
On April 29, 2020, the nation had woken up to one of the biggest shocks of the year. The news of Irrfan Khan’s untimely death had flashed the headlines and his friends, colleagues and fans had stood numb in shock. It has been nine months that the actor had left everyone for his heavenly abode but we still have not come to terms with his untimely death. Today on his birth anniversary, his son, Babil remembered his late father and shared a heartmelting wish for him.
A few hours back, Babil took to his IG handle and shared an unseen video of his baba, Irrfan Khan, where the family was seen face timing Babil. Along with the video, Babil wrote, “You never identified with institutions such as contractual marriage and birthday celebrations. Perhaps, that is why I don’t remember anyone’s birthdays because you never remembered mine and never encouraged me to remember yours. It was just normal to us what seemed absurd from the outside, we celebrated everyday (bringing personal experiential authenticity to the cliche). On the occasion, Mamma would have to remind us both; but this time I could not forget yours if I tried. It’s your birthday Baba. Shoutout to all the technologically inept parents, notice that they did not finish saying that they miss me.”
The Maqbool actor was diagnosed with a neuroendocrine tumour in March 2018, and a few days later, he had left for London for his treatment. He had returned in February 2019 for shooting the film, Angrezi Medium, and had flown back to London for another surgery. He had returned to India in September 2019 hail and hearty, but on April 28, 2020, the actor was admitted to Mumbai’s Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani hospital due to colon infection and was kept in ICU. On April 29, 2020, the actor had breathed his last and had bid adieu to his loved ones. (Also Read: Gauahar Khan Wears Sister, Nigaar's Clothes Made By Her Saasu-Maa For An Outing With Hubby, Zaid)
After Irrfan Khan’s death, his son, Babil Khan has been sharing throwback pictures of his late father making sure that his memories never fade away. On June 6, 2020, Babil had taken to his Instagram handle and had shared a monochrome picture of his late father. Along with the picture, he had written a heart-melting note which could be read as “He had this strange understanding of rain. I cannot compare it to anything that I have ever experienced. He could only explain it to me through the limits within what words would let him, but there was a connection that I cannot envelop even in the most beautiful language; only the desert could show, oh my god, what the rain did to him.”
Irrfan had always shared a warm and friendly relationship with his sons, Babil and Ayaan. In a 2017 interview, the legendary actor had revealed how he had reacted on seeing a 'love bite' on his son, Babil's neck! The 'daddy cool' had revealed his reaction on his son, Babil's love life. He had said, "My kids are very open with me. When I saw a love mark on his neck and confronted him about it, he said, ‘no it’s not that, it is a rash.’ I said to him Beta congratulations. (laughs)." (Also Read: Rahul Roy Discharged From Hospital, His Emotional Brother-In-Law Gives Details About His Therapies)
Happiest birthday, Irrfan Khan! You will always be missed.