Remembering Legend Irrfan Khan Through His Trails To North- East India

Irrfan in his film 'The Lunchbox' said- "Sometimes the wrong train will get you to the right station". 

The icon of Hindi cinema and a man of strength and steel, Irrfan Khan was one of India's most beloved actors who achieved recognition and fame for his splendid films, not just within the country but also in the west. 

Ever since his demise due to colon infection earlier this year, his family has been reminiscing old times and memoirs of the late actor. Recently, his wife Sutapa Sikdar shared some exhilarating photographs of river Teesta in North Bengal, a throwback photo from Irrfan’s young age and a photograph featuring herself and son Babil. She mentions a very strong memory of the North East with Irrfan and also mentions an unfulfilled wish. 

Let's see what she has to recollect from these photographs. 

"Teesta is Not a River It's a Saga" 

Sutapa pens down a beautiful post reminiscing her fondness for the North-East. She tastefully describes the essence of North Bengal and why she longs for it even now. Here's what she wrote in one of her recent Facebook posts. 

“It’s one of those days #nostalgia #northbengal. I wish I lived near a river then sea. The rains has taken a small back seat and yet the fragrance from the wet soil and breeze takes me back to north Bengal and those of you who are not familiar with Bengal should know north Bengal is NOT west Bengal.


 
 
 
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North Bengal is magnificent with its Teesta. Teesta is not a river it’s a saga. North Bengal wherein the forests the fragrance is trapped in the moisture. Where the road is from inside the forest, sometimes you slow down your vehicle and wait in respect and fear as you let the elephants cross the road in their own speed .. when the breeze wraps you with romance love and warmth you know you are in a special place. The tea gardens the distant Kanchanjunga , mountains, rivers, waterfalls forest …no west Bengal is not north Bengal..summer holidays every year in my child hood was spent in this lovely land called very dryly northbengal in the maps…

I always wanted to take my partner to north Bengal my ultimate idea of romance. So Mumbai 1997 kind of fulfilled my desire but yet it remained incomplete to prove what river Teesta is all about to my partner and many plans were cancelled to my heart break.”

And finally, it happened!!! it was our production my partner our lead actor irrfan our son babil .. we travelled to North-East for our film #qareebqareebsinglle in 2017. What could be greater and better for me!!!! Well did he react the way I imagined? yeh kahani phir kabhi… (I will tell that story some other time),”

Visit once more…

Sutapa also shared those pictures on Instagram where she expresses her desire to revisit the destination once more. 

She writes: it's one of those days #nostalgia #northbengal I wish I lived near a river #childhood memories of North Bengal. wildmoist frangrant during rains. Teesta is not a river it's a saga #revisiting with Irrfan and Babil for #qareebqareebsingle. How I wish I could visit just once more. 

We love how gracefully she has handled the loss by reminiscing such beautiful times with her husband and late actor Irrfan. He will stay alive in our hearts and memories forever. 

Sahabzade Irfan Ali Khan (7 January 1967 – 29 April 2020) professionally known as Irrfan Khan, was one of the finest Indian actors who worked in Hindi cinema as well as British and American films. His career spanned over 30 years and earned him several accolades, including the Padma Shri, India's fourth-highest civilian honour. He made his debut with a small role in Salaam Bombay and went on to work in great films like Maqbool, The Namesake, Piku, The Lunchbox, Life of Pi, Jurassic World, Inferno and many more. 

Do you think Indian cinema lost one of its crown jewels? Let us know your views in the comments below! 

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