Irrfan’s son Babil Khan REVEALS the most important thing his father taught him as a student of cinema

Months after Irrfan’s demise, his son Babil Khan shared an important lesson his father taught him about cinema and how the late actor wanted Indian cinema to gain respect in the world.
Irrfan’s son Babil Khan REVEALS the most important thing his father taught him as a student of cinema
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Irrfan’s demise had left the entire nation is a state of shock. It was indeed one of the most heartbreaking news as the industry lost an actor who was the epitome of talent. Indeed, everyone felt that the Madaari actor was gone too soon. And while we continue to miss the legendary actor, his son Babil Khan penned a heartfelt note about Irrfan and spoke about how his father wanted to evolve Bollywood and wanted to create a different image for Indian cinema in the world.

Babil shared beautiful throwback pictures of the English Medium actor and wrote “You know one of the most important things my father taught me as a student of cinema? Before I went to film school, he warned me that I’ll have to prove myself as Bollywood is seldom respected in world cinema and at these moments, I must inform about the Indian cinema that’s beyond our controlled Bollywood. Unfortunately, it did happen. Bollywood was not respected, no awareness of 60’s - 90’s Indian cinema or credibility of opinion. There was literally one single lecture in the world cinema segment about Indian cinema called ‘Bollywood and Beyond’, that too gone through in a class full of chuckles. it was tough to even get a sensible conversation about the real Indian cinema of Satyajit Ray and K Asif going.”

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

You know one of the most important things my father taught me as a student of cinema? Before I went to film school, he warned me that I’ll have to prove my self as Bollywood is seldom respected in world cinema and at these moments I must inform about the indian cinema that’s beyond our controlled Bollywood. Unfortunately, it did happen. Bollywood was not respected, no awareness of 60’s - 90’s Indian cinema or credibility of opinion. There was literally one single lecture in the world cinema segment about indian cinema called ‘Bollywood and Beyond’, that too gone through in a class full of chuckles. it was tough to even get a sensible conversation about the real Indian cinema of Satyajit Ray and K.Asif going. You know why that is? Because we, as the Indian audience, refused to evolve. My father gave his life trying to elevate the art of acting in the adverse conditions of noughties Bollywood and alas, for almost all of his journey, was defeated in the box office by hunks with six pack abs delivering theatrical one-liners and defying the laws of physics and reality, photoshopped item songs, just blatant sexism and same-old conventional representations of patriarchy (and you must understand, to be defeated at the box office means that majority of the investment in Bollywood would be going to the winners, engulfing us in a vicious circle). Because we as an audience wanted that, we enjoyed it, all we sought was entertainment and safety of thought, so afraid to have our delicate illusion of reality shattered, so unaccepting of any shift in perception. All effort to explore the potential of cinema and its implications on humanity and existentialism was at best kept by the sidelines. Now there is a change, a new fragrance in the wind. A new youth, searching for a new meaning. We must stand our ground, not let this thirst for a deeper meaning be repressed again. A strange feeling beset when Kalki was trolled for looking like a boy when she cut her hair short, that is pure abolishment of potential. (Although I resent that Sushant’s demise has now become a fluster of political debates, but if a positive change is manifesting, in the way of the Taoist, we embrace it.)

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He further spoke about how Irrfan put his blood and sweat in elevating the art of acting but was defeated at the box office “by hunks with six pack abs delivering theatrical one-liners and defying the laws of physics and reality, photoshopped item songs, just blatant sexism and same-old conventional representations of patriarchy.” Babil also emphasised that the Indian audience refuse to evolve and are scared of getting their “delicate illusion of reality shattered”.

“All effort to explore the potential of cinema and its implications on humanity and existentialism was at best kept by the sidelines. Now there is a change, a new fragrance in the wind. A new youth, searching for a new meaning. We must stand our ground, not let this thirst for a deeper meaning be repressed again,” Babil added.

This isn’t all. The young man also spoke about Sushant Singh Rajput’s unfortunate demise and who it has become an ignition point for several political debates. While Babil resents the debates on the late actor’s demise, he feels, “if a positive change is manifesting, in the way of the Taoist, we embrace”.

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Anonymous 6 months ago

Now please stop to waste your valuable time in writing theories. Be a practical & creative guy. Don't be more immotional. Irrfan is known by every body in the world. He was very rare, great, respectable, expressive impressive & effective humanbeing in all manners. You must also do some (possitive) things extra ordinary in your carrer in lovefull remembrance of your Dad. God bless you. "Mamu saab"

Anonymous 6 months ago

Well said son! Hope you carry on from where your dad left off and make a name in Bollywood and Hollywood. I don't feel proud of Priyanka in Hollywood as she can't very well...only giggles in fancy revealing clothes.

Anonymous 6 months ago

Babil is trying to speak from all angles. He is positioning himself to the hard reality that only a certain type of cinema will be available to him and this post may be well intentioned but also seems opportunistic. He should let his work do the talking and be open to learning and growing with each experience. He will find his audience if he is deserving.

Anonymous 6 months ago

Look, why should he keep quiet. He knows he will never be launched with fanfare and by his posts doesn't look like he cares about being judged. The bitter truth is there are worthless uncles who are doing things obnoxious for their age and it sells. Tell me isn't vidyut excellent in action but tiger is always spoken about. Imagine if sushant had done abcd, his dancing skills are impeccable but varun is hyped more. In acting is Ayushman behind Ranveer the enthusiastic ass that he is. But why why why are outsiders never appreciated in the same way. This discrimination has to stop. Varun, tiger n Ranbir may be good but there are equally good guys out there.

Anonymous 6 months ago

This guy should keep quiet because I kind of feel like he's using his dad to please the gang.

Anonymous 6 months ago

Which gang did he please ,can you enlighten us. Please read ten times what he has written and then react.

Anonymous 6 months ago

He is stating facts as he has seen how his dad's movies which were far better being beaten by mediocre films with actors of zero calibre. How has salman survived so long and talented guys vanished.

Anonymous 6 months ago

This boy needs attention now

Anonymous 6 months ago

such an intelligent boy!! he will do well