AGENCIES, New York: Veteran filmmaker Mira Nair who has given the world gems of films like Monsoon Wedding, Queen of Katwe and Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love among others, grieves the death of one of her favourite actors Irrfan Khan.
“He was remarkably philosophical when I saw him last. He was undergoing treatment, and I thought that I’d be holding his hand at his bedside,” she told the New York Times.
She recalled fondly that encounter where Irrfan even flirted with the waitress. She said, “We ate very well in a cafe. He flirted with the waitress. My friend came in on a bike and he got on the bike and he said: ‘I just need to. I need to do one block. Just one.’” She continued, “We had our last pictures together on this bike, and he was in full-blown treatment and yet he was in dapper linen.”
She had cast him in Salaam Bombay!, The Namesake and her short in the anthology film, New York I Love You. For her to sum up the person is indeed a task. But she did so beautifully by saying, “We have a beautiful word in Urdu — shaukeen — which means somebody with a lot of love and indulgences and delights. He loved a lot of things, whether it be clothes or food or beauty. Or his family and how much they meant to him. He had just a clear idea of what was worth it. He’d roamed and he returned to know what was really valuable.”
Natalie Portman, who was paired with Irrfan in Mira’s New York I Love You, also expressed her condolences through an Instagram story. She wrote, “Sending love to Irrfan Khan’s loved ones today.”