One of the most talented actors that we have in the Hindi film industry, Irrfan Khan, turns 52 today. The actor was diagnosed with high-grade Neuroendocrine Tumor last year leaving his industry colleagues and fans in a state of shock. Irrfan has been battling the deadly disease like a superhero. By his own admission, the actor was initially shaken but has now come to terms with it and has begun to look at life in a different light.
“It has put me in a rapture state. Initially I was shaken. I didn’t know. I was very, very vulnerable. But slowly, there is another way to look at things that is much more powerful and much more productive and much more healthy and I just want people to believe that nature is much more trustworthy and one must trust that.”
“No, I’m completely out of reading scripts. This has become a surreal experience. My days are unpredictable. I used to think my life would be like that, but I could never practice unpredictability and spontaneity. That has happened now. I don’t plan. I go for breakfast and then I don’t have a plan. I take things as they come.”
“…we live in a world that is packed with plans, it sounds unrealistic. How could you live your life like that? But life is so mysterious and has so much to offer, we don’t really try things. And I’m trying and I’m loving it. I’m in a really fortunate state.”
“There’s no guarantee of life with anybody. My mind could always tell me to hang a kind of chip on your neck and say, ‘I have this disease and I could die in a few months or a year or two.’ Or I could just avoid this conversation completely and live my life the way it offers me.”
“Life offers you so much. That’s why I feel like I have no other words but thanks. There are no other words, there’s no other demand, there’s no other prayer.”
On the film front, Irrfan was last seen in 2018’s Karwaan that received huge critical acclaim. He was supposed to start work on a Vishal Bhardwaj directorial opposite Deepika Padukone, the status of which is unknown. The actor was also rumoured to begin shooting for a Shoojit Sircar directorial and Hindi Medium 2 but nothing can be said with certainty about these two projects.