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Irrfan Khan (1967-2020)

He studied in National School of Drama (NSD) at Jaipur in Rajasthan. He came to Mumbai taking inspiration from Naseeruddin Shah who among one of the stalwarts of Indian parallel cinema. The moment he came, the whole parallel cinema movement was dying, taking its last breath. At that moment, he shared screen space with Dimpla Kapadia and Shekhar Kapur in a movie Drishti(1990) directed by Govind Nihalani.

But it was the era of action heroes Akshay Kumar and Sunil Shetty. It was all for front benchers. Irrfan Khan was waiting for a two to three minute part in a movie, even as a role as someone’s henchman. In his earlier days in Cinema Duniya, his face had resemblance with ‘Disco Dancer’Mithun Chakraborty’s. 

When he went through the phase of playing the sidekick in movies, when the failure was looming large, he thought that he was willing to die as he had no other option. He started thinking that he was not experiencing the character and he just manipulating things. 

When he got bored of acting, things started happening. When he got bored with dialogues and situations, he suddenly started feeling that an ease seeping inside. He realised that he started losing a map or design in the head of doing this or that. After wards he started doing things spontaneously and started enjoying acting. 

If one observes him on the screen, he never tried to become the character. He reflects his own things somewhere by personalising it. According to him acting is not his inner calling. 

Initially he wanted to be a businessman or work somewhere. After he completed his technical training in Mumbai, he had to go to repair air conditioners. He also went to ‘First Super Star’ Rajesh Khanna’s house to fix the air conditioner. Then he realised that he could not do anything of this sort. 

—-    Dhimahi


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