BH CORRESPONDENT, Mumbai: “I suppose in the end, the whole of life becomes an act of letting go, but what always hurts the most is not taking a moment to say goodbye,” Irrfan Khan’s character’s Pi says in Ang Lee’s Life in Pi about goodbye in the film. And as the actor par excellence bid adieu on Wednesday, this heartbreaking scene was shared by fans worldwide on social media.
It’s not easy to say goodbye to an actor who is so dearly loved by all. And it was painstakingly difficult for Irrfan’s colleagues in Mumbai film industry to bid him adieu. Vishal Bhardwaj who visited Versova kabristan where Irrfan was buried shared a photograph where his Maqbool actor is seen laughing out loud. “Dekhi zamaane ki yaari Bichde sabhee baari baari. Phir milenge Irrfan saab,” he posted.
Dekhi zamaane ki yaari
Bichde sabhee baari baari.
Phir milenge Irrfan saab pic.twitter.com/aN5xnyR1tY
— Vishal Bhardwaj (@VishalBhardwaj) April 29, 2020
Shah Rukh and Irrfan worked in Billu. Calling Irrfan his friend, inspiration and the greatest actor of our times, SRK said, “Irrfan bhai will miss you as much as cherish the fact that you were part of our lives.”
My friend…inspiration & the greatest actor of our times. Allah bless your soul Irrfan bhai…will miss you as much as cherish the fact that you were part of our lives.
“पैमाना कहे है कोई, मैखाना कहे है दुनिया तेरी आँखों को भी, क्या क्या ना कहे है” Love u pic.twitter.com/yOVoCete4A
— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) April 29, 2020
Kartik Aaryan remembered that his first ever acting was in a workshop for his first film where he had to do was try to recreate a scene of Irrfan’s film Maqbool.
My first ever acting was in a workshop for my first film where all I had to do was try to recreate a scene of Irrfan sir from Maqbool. And I failed. I keep trying that scene often. And I fail.
First face that comes to mind when we think Actor.
💔 #IrrfanKhan Sir RIP pic.twitter.com/TRs8sXWSHt
— Kartik Aaryan (@TheAaryanKartik) April 29, 2020
Akshay Kumar posted, “Such terrible news…saddened to hear about the demise of #IrrfanKhan, one of the finest actors of our time. May God give strength to his family in this difficult time.”
Bollywood’s popular producer-director Karan Johar thanked the Paan Singh Tomar actor, who was awarded Padma Shri in 2011, for the indelible movie memories and enriching cinema.
Thank you for those indelible movie memories….thank you for raising the bar as an artist …thank you for enriching our Cinema….we will miss you terribly Irrfan but will always always be immensely grateful for your presence in our lives…..our cinema….we salute you🙏❤️😪
— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) April 29, 2020
Salman Khan shared a photograph with the Haider actor, who was equally popular in Hollywood for his appearances in films like The Amazing Spider-Man, Slumdog Millionaire, Inferno, and Jurassic World.
Big loss to the film industry, his fans, all of us n specially his family. My heart goes out to his family. May God give them strength.
Rest in peace brother u shall always be missed n be in all our hearts.. pic.twitter.com/KFQ1RoC1H8
— Salman Khan (@BeingSalmanKhan) April 29, 2020
Aamir Khan was very sad to hear about the demise of his dear colleague Irrfan. Taking to Twitter, he posted, “Very sad to hear about our dear colleague Irrfan. How tragic and sad. Such a wonderful talent. My heartfelt condolences to his family and friends. Thank you Irrfan for all the joy you have brought to our lives through your work. You will be fondly remembered. Love. a.”
Amitabh Bachchan shared an artistic sketch by Aniket Misra where late filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh and Irrfan Khan were present. “both of immeasurable talent .. left this World far too early,” posted Big B.
T 3516 – .. nothing could have been a better tribute than this by artist Aniket Misra ..
Perhaps that is Rituparno Ghosh .. and Irfaan of course .. both of immeasurable talent .. left this World far too early .. 🙏 ..
the film firmament of the nation shaken and in utter dismay pic.twitter.com/NQDfIbG9Io
— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) April 29, 2020
Shilpa Shetty Kundra is numb with pain. She has worked with the talent in Life…in a Metro.
I’m numb today… I haven’t been able to accept the loss of a brilliant co-actor & a fabulous person that @irrfank was! We’ve lost a gem today… but his legacy will live on through the phenomenal body of work that he has left behind. Rest in peace, Irrfan!🙏🏻🙏🏻#IrrfanKhan pic.twitter.com/7jrRDRYdcC
— SHILPA SHETTY KUNDRA (@TheShilpaShetty) April 29, 2020