What do you know about Irrfan Khan?
Let’s play a game called jog my memory:
Remember this scene from Slum dog millionaire?
I mean who can ever forget. We have the inspector who is searching for the truth clashing with a young innocent boy. We see them dance until the end where the inspector concludes that Jamal, the young boy, may actually be innocent.
A truly inspiring masterpiece.
Then fast forward to this scene from Life of Pi:
If you didn’t cry after this scene, then you are braver than I am. After Pi survives being stuck at sea on a boat with a Tiger, saying goodbye when they finally reach land is harder than he ever imagined.
The delivery and emotions from this scene gets me every time.
So, when I heard that Irrfan Khan, the legendary actor who gave us these mind-blowing scenes was dead, it came as a shock to me. Because some part of my subconscious still believes that “Actor no dey die.”
According to reports, he had a rare form of cancer that he was battling:
He was just 53 years old.
A statement from his team also had this to say:
Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during these tough times.
Because away from overpriced movie budgets, funny politics, and greedy executives, actors never truly die. We asked 3 Nigerians to tell us what he meant to them.
Here’s what they had to say:
Tosin says he made her feel:
“I rarely watch movies because I forget them easily. But no matter how bad my memory is, I never forget how a scene made me feel. For me, watching him as a police inspector searching for the truth will forever stick with me. I remember thinking, I don’t have anything I am passionate about like this guy is.”
Kunle says that one scene moved him:
“Man, that end of Life of Pi. That fucking last scene. I don’t normally cry but that scene moved me. I was like who’s this guy?”
Tolani says he wears black on black well:
I remember seeing him wearing an all-black ensemble in The Amazing Spider Man and thinking, this is a villain I want to root for. I thought he was very intense.”