EXCLUSIVE: A month since Irrfan Khan left us; the actor’s friend speaks about the void

Irrfan Khan left for his heavenly abode exactly a month ago. His close friend spoke exclusively to Pinkvilla and remembered him.
EXCLUSIVE: A month since Irrfan Khan left us; The actor’s friend speaks about the voidEXCLUSIVE: A month since Irrfan Khan left us; the actor’s friend speaks about the void
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Exactly a month ago, the Indian film industry lost the master actor Irrfan Khan. As the industry is jostling to adjust, his fans and friends still weep with mere mention of the actor’s name.  I don’t know if this void will be filled, says one such friend of Irrfan from his hometown (Jaipur) who spoke to us.  Ziaullah, who is not just a friend but also a neighbour of Irrfan from Krishna Colony in Jaipur begins the conversation by dedicating these lines: ‘Maut Hai Uski Zaman Jiska Afsoos Kare, Yun Toh Duniya Main Sabhi Aaye Hai Marne Ke Liye!’ he adds, that the untimely demise of Irrfan has been an irreparable loss for friends, family, film industry and the society at large. 

“People love him so much that they remember him every day. I am his neighbour and very close to his brother Salman. I used to enquire about Irrfan’s health. Last we had heard was that he was recovering and we were very happy about it,” says Ziaullah. One of the reasons why his neighbours remember him fondly is because he was a simple man. Ziaullah says Irrfan never behaved like a celebrity. He was just another neighbour for the residence of Krishna Colony. “He used to meet neighbours and talk to them nicely. He used to inquire about them. Whenever he used to come to meet us, he would mostly talk about patangbazi (kite flying) and laugh. He used to be a kid in front of kids. You could never make out that he was such a big star,” Ziaullah adds.  

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What makes it worse for them is that Irrfan passed away within four days of his mother’s demise. Unfortunately, due to the lockdown, he couldn’t attend the funeral rites. “He was very attached to his mother. He would rush home whenever he was informed of his ammi (mother’s) health. He would visit if it is for a short period, but his arrival to meet his mother was indubitable,” states Ziaullah.

While talking about some beautiful memories with a star who made it big in Bollywood and created a mark for himself in the west as well, Ziaullah reveals, “Irrfan bhai loved patang bazi (kite flying). Every year on 14th January he would try to come to Jaipur and spend time with family and friends. When he was a kid, he used to keep those kites next to his bed when he used to sleep. Whenever he used to come, it used to add a positive energy to colony. He used to get excited whenever a kite lost or won a battle.”

As we ask Ziaullah to disclose one thing about Irrfan which many won’t know, he reveals, “With the Coronavirus situation we were creating funds to help people. When we spoke to his brother, he was ready to help and even Irrfan helped us with funds for poor people. His only clause was nobody should know that he has helped. As a family, they believe that the right hand shouldn’t know what the left hand has given. For them it was more important for people to get relief.”

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“Now, I am sharing this with the world as he is no more between us. It’s our responsibility to tell everyone that there are souls like this too,” he concludes with a smile.

Anonymous 4 weeks ago

I was lucky to meet him in person. Indeed, he was the humblest and kindest person on Earth. I will treasure the memories of meeting him forever.

Anonymous 4 weeks ago

Çok üzgünüm sen çok iyi bir insansın çok iyi bir aktörsün irrfan khan love

Anonymous 1 month ago

Thank you pinkvilla to share this information with us. Sir missing you a lot.

Anonymous 1 month ago

Thank u PInkvilla for remembering its one month

Anonymous 1 month ago

aaisa story reading makes me emotional

Anonymous 1 month ago

Pinkvilla thanks for sharing such stories

Anonymous 1 month ago

Irrfan Sir we miss you. You were great as a actor and as a human being.

Anonymous 1 month ago

Irfan, we miss you

Anonymous 1 month ago

Hi

Anonymous 1 month ago

Such gems are taken away by God so soon n leave dirty politicians on earth till eternity. Irfan please come back. We miss you so so much.

Anonymous 1 month ago

It's amazing to know

Anonymous 1 month ago

What a great man

Anonymous 1 month ago

We will always miss you and your performance

Anonymous 1 month ago

With all relationship stories this is so nice to read

Anonymous 1 month ago

It's important to read about it. Great job Irrfan bhai

Anonymous 1 month ago

may you rest in peace sir. miss you and so sorry for your painful last 2 years. God Bless your soul.

Anonymous 1 month ago

Will always remember you

Anonymous 1 month ago

This is so nice

Anonymous 1 month ago

I still cannot believe he is no more.My heart goes out to him. He was one of my favourite actor.Nobody can fill his space. You will always be missed.

Anonymous 1 month ago

Irrfan Bhai will always be remembered not only as finest actor but a nice human being.

Anonymous 1 month ago

Yaad hai tumhe, ek baar ESIC-Nagar k saamne tumm mujhse kuch baatein kar rahe thhe. Tabhi ek Famous Director ki gaadi aakar ruki, director neeche utra tumm se taqreeban 15mnts. takk batiyaata raha, mein khisyaana sa khada idhar udhar dekhte raha. Phir wo car ki taraf chala gaya. Lekin tumm director se ye kehne ki himmat nahi juta sake k mein tumhaara kon lagta hoon, aur mein bhi filmi writer hoon....!! " Maamu Saab"

Anonymous 1 month ago

Kya apko lga ki irfan bhai ne aapko ignore kiya ya insult kiya jbki hum kbi kisi ki ek bat se kisi ke pure wajood ko ni maap skte. Wo great the aur rhege

Anonymous 1 month ago

He will be missed. This gap can never be filled. He was such a great, humble guy. Huge respect to him. We miss you Irrfan.

Anonymous 1 month ago

What. One month passed?

Anonymous 1 month ago

he did so nice thing of not taking publicity

Anonymous 1 month ago

He was a great man

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