In the memory of Irrfan Khan, wife Sutapa dedicates an emotional note

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Published by Diya Khetrapal on 29 Apr 2021

A year has passed since the death of Irrfan Khan, one of cinema’s most promising actors, and his fans, colleagues, and family continue to mourn his loss. Sutapa Sikdar, his wife, has written an emotional note marking his first death anniversary, recalling the last night before his death as well as NSD days with him. Sutapa recalled how she and Irrfan’s friends were singing songs to him while doctors and nurses looked at them.

On her Facebook, she wrote, “Last year tonight me and my friends sang songs for you, all your favourite songs. The nurses were looking at us strangely as they were used to religious chants in critical times but I had overdone that for you Irrfan morning evening and night for two years and since they told me it was time  I wanted you to go with memories you loved …so we sang songs….The next day you left for the next station I hope you knew where to get down without me..363 days eight thousand seven hundred and twelve hours..when each second is counted .how exactly does one swim this huge ocean of time.” She also mentioned how the clock stopped for her at 11.11 on April 29, 2020, as the actor died.

Sutapa recalled what happened after Irrfan died, saying that the days that followed brought several new roles, including her changing her name. She spoke about how difficult it was for her to change her name after the star died, “My fingers kept stopping on that how could  I just take his name away and make it Sutapa, I was unable to sign  took a day off  and  the name game played on my mind.”Further, Sutapa recalled the days when she met Irrfan and he mispronounced her name. She also wrote about a tall guy called Om, who died a few years ago and asked Irrfan about him in the note.

“People living deeply have no fear of death”… Anaïs Ninyour favourite poet Irrfan. Last year tonight me and my friends…

Posted by Sutapa Sikdar on Wednesday, April 28, 2021


Finally, she finished her letter on a bittersweet note, apologising to him and all those who died as a result of the pandemic for not properly cremating them. She said, “All of you stay in peace remember us that we loved you, all of you. And remember all of you is missed by someone or the other ..all your families grieve ..may you all rest in peace! ”

Babil had previously posted a picture of the late actor during his Chemotherapy days, describing how he spent his time designing his own table and writing his journals. He also posted a screenshot of Irrfan’s handwritten note from his sick days. Babil shared his longing for his father in these messages, saying that no one will ever replace the legacy he left behind. On April 29, 2020, Irrfan left this world for the afterlife, and his death stunned all. In addition, the character was recently honoured at the Oscars 2021 ceremony.

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