Who Is Irrfan Khan, And Why Are Nigerians Talking About Him?

April 29, 2020

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:

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He was just 53 years old.

A statement from his team also had this to say:

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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.”


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