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Home / Bollywood / Cannot imagine talking about Irrfan in past tense, says The Lunchbox actor Nimrat Kaur

Cannot imagine talking about Irrfan in past tense, says The Lunchbox actor Nimrat Kaur

Nimrat Kaur, who worked with Irrfan in The Lunchbox, says the face of Indian cinema will not be the same without him.

bollywood Updated: Apr 29, 2020 16:22 IST
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Nimrat Kaur worked with Irrfan in The Lunchbox.
Nimrat Kaur worked with Irrfan in The Lunchbox.

Nimrat Kaur worked with Irrfan Khan in the much-feted film The Lunchbox that went on winning several award and accolades internationally. The news of his sudden demise came as shock to her.

“It is a personal loss for everyone at this point in time. For everyone who watched his movies or worked with him and met him personally, this is absolutely shocking. I think the face of Indian cinema will not be the same without Irrfan Khan. He was a one-man army. Every film and film stars are on one side and his films are on the other. My heart goes out to his family at this point in time, when we all are suffering under a specific situation. Losing a loved one is always painful but I think this (the COVID-19 lockdown) is worse. I cannot imagine I am talking about Irrfan in the past tense,” Nimrat told IANS.

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Nimrat worked with Irrfan in The Lunchbox, the directorial debut of Ritesh Batra, which released in 2013. The film screened in several prestigious international festivals, and notably won the Critics Week Viewers Choice Award at the 66th Cannes Film Festival.

Sharing her memory of working with Irrfan in the film Nimrat said: “We did not have many scenes together but we got a chance to converse extensively during the premiere of the film at the Cannes Film Festival. I was quite overwhelmed by the response to the film, the way it was celebrated and what it became overnight! I remember I asked him, ‘how do you handle so much appreciation, adulation when a film meets a great success like this?’ he smiled and told me, ‘sock up to good times and don’t be shy of celebration. This is the gift that God has given us. The bad time is around the corner.’

“This moment does not come very often in life. So take it as a gift after all the struggle we have gone through.’ He always said to embrace the good time because that’s when we celebrate life,” recalled Nimrat.

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Irrfan had been admitted in Mumbai’s Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani hospital with a colon infection on Tuesday and passed away on Wednesday. The actor has been ailing ever since he was diagnosed with a neuroendocrine tumour a while back and has been under medical attention for the same. He even went abroad for treatment.

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