In a recent interview, popular actor Saba Qamar reflected upon the binding factor between herself and late Indian Bollywood stars Irrfan Khan and Rishi Kapoor, who passed away a day apart from each other after battling cancer.
Noting how “2020 continues to take the beauty of this world away from us”, Lahore-based Qamar said she has “learned a lot from Irrfan." Adding that "Working with him was nothing less than a fan moment" for her, according to Hindustan Times.
"As an actor, I believe that acting is actually behaving truthfully under imaginary circumstances. And I actually saw that in him," she remarked.
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Deeply disturbed to hear about the passing of Irrfan Khan. I still can’t absorb the news. It feels like yesterday coming back from the sets of Hindi Medium. You taught me a lot as an actor and a mentor. It is indeed a huge loss to the cinema world. Such a brilliant actor gone too soon. You left a huge irreplaceable void in Cinema Irfan. My heartfelt condolences to his family. May Allah give them strength to bear this loss. RIP Raj 💔 Yours Only, Meeta. 🌸
Her memories with Irrfan, who played her husband in Hindi Medium, are all about “fun conversations”. She recounts, “There was never a dull moment when he was around. We used to crack jokes with each other all the time. He always used to make me learn new things and give pro tips on life.”
She pointed out how their first meeting was an unforgettable moment. “When I entered the room where he was sitting, he started singing the song Badan Pe Sitaraey for me. I’ll always cherish the entire time I’ve spent with him,” she continued, adding that he was also “deeply philosophical."
She hoped that things were better between India and Pakistan while reminiscing all all the love she received from Bollywood. Eager to watch Angrezi Medium, which was Irrfan’s last film, she said that she loved how her fans missed seeing her in it.
As for actors and their art, Saba said “I am of the belief that acting is a form of blended art that shouldn’t be restricted to a particular type or even a country. It should be assorted in such a way that even we enjoy it and so do our fans and audiences. It is this assortment which I miss. I’d love to do more movies for my fans if I get any opportunity,” opined the 36-year-old.
While commenting on the lockdown she said, “It is the same for all of us at the moment. I believe we are all in this together and we should use this time for self-reflection. We should learn not to hold grudges and be positive all the time because life is too short and unpredictable. I really hope and pray that everything gets better soon.”
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