Irrfan Khan’s son pens a note to Bollywood

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Irrfan Khan’s son has penned a heartfelt note about Bollywood, which he has posted to social media along with two rare photos of the celebrated actor.

Babil said before he went to film school, his father warned him that he would still have to prove himself as Bollywood is seldom respected in world cinema.

He adds that while his father tried to elevate the art of acting, for almost all of his journey, he was defeated in the box office by actors with six pack abs delivering theatrical one-liners and defying the laws of physics and reality.

You can see his full post below:

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You know one of the most important things my father taught me as a student of cinema? Before I went to film school, he warned me that I’ll have to prove my self as Bollywood is seldom respected in world cinema and at these moments I must inform about the indian cinema that’s beyond our controlled Bollywood. Unfortunately, it did happen. Bollywood was not respected, no awareness of 60’s – 90’s Indian cinema or credibility of opinion. There was literally one single lecture in the world cinema segment about indian cinema called ‘Bollywood and Beyond’, that too gone through in a class full of chuckles. it was tough to even get a sensible conversation about the real Indian cinema of Satyajit Ray and K.Asif going. You know why that is? Because we, as the Indian audience, refused to evolve. My father gave his life trying to elevate the art of acting in the adverse conditions of noughties Bollywood and alas, for almost all of his journey, was defeated in the box office by hunks with six pack abs delivering theatrical one-liners and defying the laws of physics and reality, photoshopped item songs, just blatant sexism and same-old conventional representations of patriarchy (and you must understand, to be defeated at the box office means that majority of the investment in Bollywood would be going to the winners, engulfing us in a vicious circle). Because we as an audience wanted that, we enjoyed it, all we sought was entertainment and safety of thought, so afraid to have our delicate illusion of reality shattered, so unaccepting of any shift in perception. All effort to explore the potential of cinema and its implications on humanity and existentialism was at best kept by the sidelines. Now there is a change, a new fragrance in the wind. A new youth, searching for a new meaning. We must stand our ground, not let this thirst for a deeper meaning be repressed again. A strange feeling beset when Kalki was trolled for looking like a boy when she cut her hair short, that is pure abolishment of potential. (Although I resent that Sushant’s demise has now become a fluster of political debates, but if a positive change is manifesting, in the way of the Taoist, we embrace it.)

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Irrfan Khan died on April 29th 2020, about two years after being diagnosed with a neuroendocrine tumor.

He has appeared in many critically acclaimed films in India and internationally, including “Slumdog Millionaire”, “The Lunchbox”, “Life of Pi”, “Jurassic World” and “Inferno”.