Irrfan Khan died at the age of 53 on Wednesday.
Irrfan Khan died at the age of 53 on Wednesday.

Mira Nair remembers final meeting with Irrfan Khan in London: ‘He flirted with the waitress’

Irrfan Khan’s first film director, Mira Nair, has fondly remembered their final meeting, in London. Irrfan died on Wednesday after a long battle with neuroendocrine tumour.
Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 30, 2020 12:53 PM IST

Irrfan Khan’s first film director, Mira Nair, has remembered her final meeting with the actor. Irrfan died on Wednesday, after a two-year-long battle with cancer.

Speaking to the New York Times, Nair said that their last meeting happened ‘more than a year ago’ in London, where he was undergoing treatment for a neuroendocrine tumour. “He was remarkably philosophical when I saw him last,” she said. “He was undergoing treatment, and I thought that I’d be holding his hand at his bedside.”

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But Nair was in for a surprise. “We ate very well in a cafe. He flirted with the waitress. My friend came in on a bike and he got on the bike and he said: ‘I just need to. I need to do one block. Just one.’” She continued, “We had our last pictures together on this bike, and he was in full-blown treatment and yet he was in dapper linen.”

Nair concluded, “We have a beautiful word in Urdu — ‘shaukeen’ — which means somebody with a lot of love and indulgences and delights. He loved a lot of things, whether it be clothes or food or beauty. Or his family and how much they meant to him. He had just a clear idea of what was worth it. He’d roamed and he returned to know what was really valuable.”

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The filmmaker worked with Irrfan in Salaam Bombay!, and then cast him in The Namesake, and her short in the anthology film, New York I Love You. Irrfan’s co-star in the short, Natalie Portman, also paid tribute to the actor. “Sending love to Irrfan Khan’s loved ones today,” she wrote on Instagram.

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