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One of the biggest shocks of the year 2020 had come when the news of ace actor, Irrfan Khan’s untimely death flashed as breaking news on April 29, 2020. The nation had stood in shock and disbelief that their favourite actor had bid adieu to his family, friends and fans and had left for the heavenly abode. Not just the film fraternity, every fan of Irrfan Khan had taken his untimely death as a personal loss which cannot be fathomed.
Jeena yahaan, marna yahaan, iske siwa jaana kahaan – once in a lifetime we come across an actor, who not only does justice to all his roles but puts life to all the characters he/she plays on-screen. Be it ‘Miya Maqbool’, ‘Roohdaar’, ‘Billu Barbar’, ‘Paan Singh Tomar’ or ‘Champak Bansal’, every character was phenomenally portrayed by Irrfan. It’s been a year since Irrfan had left us and we are still coping with this humongous loss. In a recent interview, his wife, Sutapa Sikdar and their son, Babil talked about him and how they still feel he is around.
In a joint interview with Film Companion, Babil recalled the last words of his baba before he had left them. Stating how Irrfan was aware that he would not make it through, Babil said, “I was there in the hospital, two-three days before he died. He was losing consciousness and one of the last things he said...he just looked at me, smiled and said 'I am going to die' and I told him 'No you are not'. He then smiled again and went back to sleep.”
Irrfan’s wife, Sutapa revealed one of the best qualities of her husband was that he was not pretentious. Stating that whatever he had said, it was straight from his heart, Sutapa said, “I feel the most precious quality about him, was that he never pretended. If he is angry with you, or he is in love with you. Main thing is, when he is in love with you and says 'I love you', he did not pretend. He did not say it, till he meant it.”
In an interview with The Times of India, when Sutapa Sikdar was asked how the past one year had been, she replied how the time had still not healed her wounds and stated, “Everybody tells me that time heals. So I also wait... okay, time is going by, and time will heal. And then suddenly, you know, you get hit so strongly that you just tend to kind of get flustered... then you know it hasn’t healed. So that’s how it is.”
Sutapa has always kept a brave face as she finds it embarrassing to cry in front of people. In the same interview, the doting wife revealed why she broke down recently and that she still gets a feeling that Irrfan is around. Talking about the same, Sutapa said, “And then last month I went for the marriage of Irrfan’s brother’s son. I can’t take a flight, it makes me claustrophobic. So I drove down to Jaipur from Mumbai. And when I went there, I just cried, and cried. I cried uncontrollably for days... for seven-eight days. 24/7 I cried. I’m not sure why... One, I think, my children were not there with me, I had gone alone – I didn’t have to be strong. And secondly, I don’t know what happened, maybe it’s the place and he was there, since it’s Rajasthan.”
We miss you Irrfan sir!
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