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Irrfan Khan’s Son, Wife Recall Memories in Poignant Posts

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Late actor Irrfan Khan’s son Babil shared a heart-warming post about his father on Instagram, reminiscing the days they spent together.

Babil, Irrfan’s elder son, posted a photo of his father’s grave adorned with roses as he recalled the times they watched movies.

“When a man is just born, he is weak and flexible. When he dies, he is hard and insensitive. When a tree is growing, it’s tender and pliant, but when it’s dry and hard, it dies. Hardness and Strength are death’s companions. Pliancy and weakness are expressions of the freshness of being. Because what has hardened will never win.” – Tarkovsky. Here’s to watching Stalker with you for my first film essay three years ago, I’m watching Stalker now for the last dissertation. I pause the film from time to time, just like you did with me, to take it all in, you were teaching me then, now I teach myself. Here’s to you, who never hardened, here’s to your forgiving, sensitive soul,” he wrote.

Khan’s wife, Sutapa Sikdar, also took to Instagram and posted the same photo along with Nobel Prize winner Louise Gluck’s poem A Fantasy. The lines talk about a widow who loses her husband and faces an irreplaceable loss.

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I'll tell you something: every day people are dying. And that's just the beginning. Every day, in funeral homes, new widows are born, new orphans. They sit with their hands folded, trying to decide about this new life. Then they're in the cemetery, some of them for the first time. They're frightened of crying, sometimes of not crying. Someone leans over, tells them what to do next, which might mean saying a few words, sometimes throwing dirt in the open grave. And after that, everyone goes back to the house, which is suddenly full of visitors. The widow sits on the couch, very stately, so people line up to approach her, sometimes take her hand, sometimes embrace her. She finds something to say to everbody, thanks them, thanks them for coming. In her heart, she wants them to go away. She wants to be back in the cemetery, back in the sickroom, the hospital. She knows it isn't possible. But it's her only hope, the wish to move backward. And just a little, not so far as the marriage, the first kiss. by #Louise Gluck#Nobelprize#celebratinglifeand death

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Khan passed away on April 29 after a two-year-long battle with a neuroendocrine tumour. He is survived by wife Sikdar and sons Babil and Ayaan. His last film was Angrezi Medium. The late actor is best known for his work in films like Salaam Bombay!, Maqbool, Paan Singh Tomar, The Lunchbox, Haider, Piku, and Hindi Medium. He had also appeared in many Hollywood movies – The Namesake,  Life of Pi, Slumdog Millionaire, A Mighty Heart, and Jurassic World– and garnered appreciations.

(Picture – Babil’s Instagram)

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