NEWS: As the Indian cinema world reels in shock as two legendary actors, Irrfan Khan and Rishi Kapoor are no more. Khan has been battling a neuroendocrine tumour and was admitted to the hospital for a colon infection where he breathed his last this week.
According to Business Today, his wife Sutapa Sikder and sons Babil and Ayan performed his final rites in Mumbai.
They issued a statement saying,
“Irrfan was buried at the Versova Kabristan in Mumbai at 3 pm this afternoon soon after the news of his passing away was announced. In presence were his family, close relatives and friends. Everyone paid their final respects and mourned the loss of his passing away. We pray for his peace and we hope he’s in a better place today. He was strong in his fight, and we all have to be strong too in this loss.”
19-year-old Babil also shared a thank you note on Instagram for all the condolences messages he received.
NDTV reports that filmmakers Vishal Bhardwaj, Tigmanshu Dhulia and Abhinay Deo visited the family at the hospital. On social media, heartbreaking remembrances poured in from Bollywood as well as Hollywood. Natalie Portman and Angelina Jolie also paid their respects to the actor.
Sutapa Sikdar, Irrfan Khan’s wife shared her personal thoughts as well,
How can I write this as a family statement when the whole world is taking it as a personal loss? How can I begin to feel alone when millions are grieving with us at the moment? I want to assure everyone that this is not a loss, it is a gain. It’s a gain of the things he taught us, and now we shall finally begin to truly implement it and evolve. Yet I want to try to fill in the things that people don’t already know.
“It’s unbelievable for us but I would put it in Irrfan’s words, “it’s magical” whether he is there or not there, and that’s what he loved, he never loved one-dimensional reality. The only thing I have a grudge against him is; he has spoiled me for life.”Sutapa Sikdar, Irrfan Khan’s wife.
His strive for perfection doesn’t let me settle for ordinary in anything. There was a rhythm which he always saw in everything, even in cacophony and chaos, so I have learnt to sing and dance to the music of that rhythm, even with my tone-deaf voice and two left feet. Funnily, our life was a masterclass in acting, so when the dramatic entry of the “uninvited guests” happened, I had by then learnt, to see a harmony in the cacophony.
The doctor’s reports were like scripts which I wanted to perfect, so I never miss any detail that he sought for in his performance. We met some amazing people in this journey and the list is endless, but there are some whom I have to mention, our oncologist Dr. Nitesh Rohtogi (Max hospital Saket) who held our hand in the beginning, Dr. Dan Krell (UK), Dr. Shidravi (UK), my heartbeat and my lantern in the dark Dr. Sevanti Limaye (Kokilaben hospital). It’s difficult to explain what a wondrous, beautiful, overwhelming, painful and exciting this journey has been.