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Painful remembrance: One year to the loss of the enigmatic actor Irrfan Khan
Irrfan Khan and Sutapa Sikdar's son Babil is currently prepping for his first film.
Irrfan Khan was one of the most loved and respected actors of Bollywood. He died of cancer at the age of 53 in Mumbai's Kokilaben Hospital on April 29 last year. Irrfan Khan and his wife Sutapa Sikdar's son Babil, in an interview with Film Companion, revealed one of the last things that the actor said to him in his final days. Irrfan Khan was admitted to the Kokilaben Hospital. "I was there in the hospital, two-three days before he died," said Babil while talking to Film Companion's Anupama Chopra during the interview and added: "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," added Babil during the online interview, which he gave with mother Sutapa Sikdar.
Irrfan Khan was the star of films like The Namesake, Paan Singh Tomar, Haider, Maqbool, Piku and The Lunchbox. On Babil's Instagram feed, you can easily find priceless memories of the late actor - some from his films while others from his quality time with his family.
A few days before Irrfan Khan’s death anniversary, The Academy remembered the actor in the In Memoriam segment of the Oscars ceremony. Actress Freida Pinto listed down her essential Irrfan Khan films on the Oscars website, paying tribute to the actor. “There was simply no one like Irrfan Khan. His grace and dignity along with his monumental talent as an artist, actor - a portrayer of humanity in all it’s shapes and forms - made me not only have deep admiration for him but I instinctively wanted to emulate that grace in my career as well,” she wrote.
Freida is one among several Indian and international artistes who have been charmed by the magic of Irrfan, and mourned his untimely death on April 29, 2020. Ang Lee, who worked with Khan on Life of Pi, had said in a statement, “Irrfan was a great artist, a true gentleman and a brave fighter. His passing away is cinema’s loss. We will miss him dearly.”
Irrfan Khan and Sutapa Sikdar's son Babil is currently prepping for his first film. Babil will make his acting debut in Anushka Sharma-produced Netflix Film Qala, in which he co-stars with Tripti Dimri.