BH CORRESPONDENT, Kolkata: Irrfan Khan, who recently passed away at the young age of 53, held audiences in awe not only in India but internationally as well. He was cast in several films including The Namesake, Puzzle, Life of Pi, Inferno and New York, I Love You.
A lot of celebrities from the international circuit paid tribute to this great actor and man who inspired them beyond words. Kal Penn, who played Irrfan’s son in Mira Nair’s The Namesake, took to Twitter to express his grief. He said that he had ‘never seen someone use the beats of silence so beautifully to convey so much about who we are’.
Irrfan’s art and humanity will be badly missed. Never seen someone use the beats of silence so beautifully to convey so much about who we are. Sending love to Sutapa and the family. pic.twitter.com/L3NN1wuz6H
— Kal Penn (@kalpenn) April 29, 2020
Irrfan’s Jurassic World co-star Chris Pratt called him an exquisite actor and human, while American filmmaker Ava DuVernay said that one couldn’t take eyes off him when he was on screen and he was gone too soon.
So sad to hear about the passing of screen legend @irrfank Irrfan Khan played Masrani in Jurassic World. He was an exquisite actor and human. He will be missed.
— chris pratt (@prattprattpratt) April 29, 2020
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) April 29, 2020
Venom actor Riz Ahmed said that though he had never met Irrfan, he was inspired by him like million others. Mindy Kaling, who acted in Ocean’s 8, confessed that Irrfan was her favourite actor and even added a list of Irrfan’s films that are must-watches in her long Instagram post.
Rest in peace one of the greatest actors of our time, Irrfan Khan. I never met him but he was an inspiration and a hero to me and millions of others. His work was consistently transcendent, he was a guiding light for so many of us. pic.twitter.com/BwobeLvNLn
— Riz Ahmed (@rizwanahmed) April 29, 2020
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I’m devastated by the news that the legend, Irrfan Khan, passed away at the age of 53. He was my favorite actor. Irrfan’s performances were defined by his subtlety and sensitivity, he could do more with silence and many actors could do with a two page Sorkin monologue. You watched him onscreen and thought “I know that person!” in any role he played, even if he was being chased around Europe in a Da Vinci Code movie with @tomhanks. He once wrote me to see if we could collaborate on something, and it remains the greatest honor of my career. If you aren’t familiar with his work, please watch Mira Nair’s The Namesake, or Ritesh Batra’s The Lunchbox. You will become a lifelong fan, I promise. I feel robbed of his future performances. My heart goes out to his family.
Colin Trevorrow shared a laughing picture of Irrfan and recalled their last interaction where Irrfan asked him to remember the wonderful aspects of existence.
Deeply sad to have lost #IrrfanKhan. A thoughtful man who found beauty in the world around him, even in pain. In our last correspondence, he asked me to remember “the wonderful aspects of our existence” in the darkest of days. Here he is, laughing. pic.twitter.com/8eAsSOO9Ie
— Colin Trevorrow (@colintrevorrow) April 29, 2020