Two years after the actor’s death and two decades of working together for the first time, Oscar-winning director Asif Kapadia says he is still coming to terms with the fact that Irrfan Khan is no more. Kapadia said that working with Irrfan in the 2001 film The Warrior, his first international project, was the beginning of an amazing journey. The third person to ride was Amit Kumar, director of the Monsoon Shootout.
“This relationship with Irrfan and Amit is like this very strong triangle that made us, that we went on this amazing journey together. We all remain friends, ”Kapadia told Zoom from London in an interview.
“The last time I was in Bombay, Amit and I went to see Irrfan. We have not come up with this. It is also strange because I haven’t really been able to travel since all this happened last year, “said Kapadia, who is best known for his documentary Senna, Amy and Diego Maradona.
The director, whose 2015 documentary Amy on Singer Amy Winehouse won the Best Documentary Feature Oscar, said that she and Kumar miss Irrfan every day.
Irrfan, one of India’s first actors to have made significant progress in international cinema with films such as The Namesake, Slumdog Millionaire and Life of Pi, died in April last year after a two-year battle with neuroendocrine tumors , A rare form of cancer. He was 54 years old. In The Warrior, the film that attracted the attention of the international film community to Irrfan, the actor played the role of a warrior who undergoes spiritual transformation.
Kapadia said that Irfan was special to him and will stay.
“We miss him, and he was amazing and he was special and we should not forget Irrfan, not only for the work he did, but he was a good guy, he never changed. He was always like this amazing, spiritual person, ”said the 49-year-old director.
Kumar, one of whose OTT projects is an executive produced by Kapadia, recalled Irrfan as a person with “a certain type of aura”.
“To me, he was such a warm person. It’s interesting that Asif used the word spiritual to describe Irrfan because he had a special kind of aura around him. He had more than just being physical, you felt that he had Something special, ”the Mumbai-based director said in the same interview.
He said that he and Kapadia traveled across the country for two or three months preparing and researching The Warrior. This is how he got the idea for his critically acclaimed 2003 short film Bypass, which featured Irrfan Khan And Nawazuddin Siddiqui.
The actors later worked together in The Lunchbox.
Terming the coming together of Irrfan, Siddiqui and Kapadia as a ‘magical feeling of luck’ for the bypass, Kumar said that working with the actor in the film was a close recollection of his heart.
“I worked with Asif on The Warrior and I could see everything that Irfan was doing in it. I thought, ‘I really need to try to work with him’, and then bypassed, “Kumar said.