Adnan Siddiqui recalls the times Irrfan Khan inspired him

Both the actors made their Hollywood debut together in 'A Mighty Heart' starring Angelina Jolie

Entertainment Desk April 30, 2020

Bollywood's star Irrfan Khan's demise was extremely gutting for people around the world. Everyone felt as though they had lost a loved one and that was precisely because of the roles he played onscreen and in the lives of people he knew.

Adnan Siddiqui also took to Instagram to pen an elaborate note on the late legend along with a picture of the time they shared screen space together. The two had made their Hollywood debut with 2007 film A Mighty Heart, starring Angelina Jolie.

Siddiqui wrote, "Verily we belong to God, and verily to Him do we return. Disturbed and gutted! A fine soul gone too soon. I had the honour of first meeting Irrfan as a co-star on the sets of A Mighty Heart."

He then recalled the first time he realised what a dedicated actor Khan was. "For one of the scenes after learning his lines I saw him doing the scene again and again which left me puzzled. I asked him, 'Irrfan Sahab ye kya kar rahe hain aap?'"

"He replied, 'We’re both playing CID agents which means we’ll be showing our ID cards everywhere. I’m practicing the scene so I don’t look clumsy while showing the ID card. And that was the first time I realised what a fine actor he was."

Siddiqui added, "We’d become friends on the sets and used to hang out together after the shoot. I remember for another scene, he wanted to know a word in Urdu used commonly in Pakistan and he asked me. He was a great actor but didn’t shy away from learning and perfecting his art."

The Meray Paas Tum Ho actor then reiterated an incident Khan had told him. "One of the evenings, he shared an incident where him and his friend got the role of an extra actor in James Bond series Octopussy which was shot in India. But because they cycled to the set, they were late and the shoot was over."

Khan had confessed to Siddiqui that since then he wanted to do a Hollywood film. And although that was both of their Hollywood debut, Khan had "proved his mettle and conquered the fort," according to Siddiqui.

He then added proudly, "In 2018 while attending IPPA in London. I found out that he was in London, though he wasn’t meeting anyone he agreed to meet me. We had a long chat about films and the world in general. He looked so positive."

Siddiqui then concluded sadly, "His last words were 'Adnan, I’ll be fine very soon and I’ll be back. InshAllah!' But who knew today, I would be penning this note. Condolences and strength to his family. Irrfan, you will be missed a lot. Rest in peace my friend."

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