Versatile actor Irrfan Khan’s death has left the whole of entertainment fraternity mourning. He breathed his last early on Wednesday at the age of 54.
Many of the actors have taken to social media to extend their condolences on Irrfan Khan’s sudden death. Among them also includes Pakistani top actor Adnan Siddiqui, who shared the screen with Irrfan Khan in A Mighty Heart.
“Inna Lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un”….. “Verily we belong to God, and verily to Him do we return.”! Disturbed and gutted!! A fine soul gone too soon”, says Adnan at the beginning of his detailed Instagram post.
“I had the honour of first meeting Irrfan as a co-star on the sets of ‘A Mighty Heart.’ For one of the scenes after learning his lines I saw him doing the scene again and again which left me puzzled. I asked him, Irrfan Sahab ye kya kar rahe hain aap? He replied- We’re both playing CID agents which means we’ll be showing our ID cards everywhere. I’m practicising the scene so I don’t look clumsy while showing the ID card. And that was the first time I realised what a fine actor he was”, writes Adnan.
Sharing his work experice with Irrfan, Adnan wrote, “We’d become friends on the sets and used to hang out together after the shoot.I remember for another scene, he wanted to know a word in Urdu used commonly in Pakistan and he asked me. He was a great actor but didn’t shy away from learning and perfecting his art”.
“One of the evenings, he shared an incident where he and his friend got the role of an extra actor in the James Bond series “Octopussy” which was shot in India. But because they cycled to the set, they were late and the shoot was over. He told me since then he wanted to do a Hollywood movie. Our careers in Hollywood started together, but he proved his mettle and conquered the fort”, he further added.
Adnan found out that Irrfan was in London while attending IPPA in London, “though he wasn’t meeting anyone he agreed to meet me”, reveals Adnan in his detailed note.
“We had a long chat about movies and the world in general. He looked so positive. His last words were- “Adnan, I’ll be fine very soon and I’ll be back. InshAllah”! Who knew today, I would be penning this note.
Condolences and strength to his family. Irrfan, you will be missed a lot. Rest in peace, my friend”, concluded Adnan.
A Mighty Heart was released in 2007. A drama film directed by Michael Winterbottom from a screenplay by John Orloff.
The film is based on the 2003 memoir of the same name by Mariane Pearl. It was screened out of competition at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival, before being released in North America on June 22, 2007.