Irrfan Khan was an actor who played complex roles effortlessly and made the ordinary as extraordinary. It is because of this quality that the characters played by him are the story of cinema history. His presence on the silver screen was so compelling that if you meet him, his spark could not live without being fascinated by his personality.
I met him only once. This is about seven years old incident. She was surprised to see her avatar as a heroic 'hero' and dark brown eyes. This is because, on the screen, he was seen playing roles like the common man. The same person actually turned out to be a real hero-like personality. There was a formal greeting.
Listening to the praise of his work, he became somewhat uncomfortable politely. One of his statements became very popular in which he said that he does not know how to do his own marketing and he would never throw himself into it even if it helps.
Irfan's last film was 'English Medium', which was cornered by Corona. He was not able to promote the film, but he got a lot of support. Even before Irfan's initial struggle with cancer in 2018, aspects of his life should be considered. He was a man who came to the movies to connect with people.
He removed his surname so that he would not be identified on religious or ancestral grounds. He had direct communication with the people. It was as if he had embarked on a personal mission to dismantle the man-made barriers that create prejudice by influencing perceptions. In order to become something, he had to erase some old aspects of his existence and he did this with full commitment.
This is what we are all experiencing today facing the havoc of Corona. While talking to a UAE newspaper in connection with his film English Medium, he had mentioned these lines - "It may not happen again this night, may not meet again in this birth".
When you are reading about his demise, you will feel it as a farewell song. Irrfan once said that he could hum the poem, not write it, but perhaps he underestimated himself because his performance on the cinema screen was like the immortal compositions of great poets.
Irrfan Khan was one of those actors who do not appear on the silver screen once in a while but once in a lifetime. He could be the villian as well as the hero of the story and this rare talent made him the very best in the craft of acting. May God bless his soul....RIP Irrfan Khan.