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Vishal Bhardwaj Says He Misses Close Friend Irrfan In Every Film: When I See Good Cinema, I Miss Him

Irrfan Khan and Vishal Bhardwaj have collaborated in several films, including ‘Maqbool’, ‘Haider’ and ‘7 Khoon Maaf’.

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Vishal Bhardwaj And His Close Friend Irrfan
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Late actor Irrfan Khan and renowned filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj shared a great camaraderie. When Irrfan passed away in April 2020, Bhardwaj was one of his few friends from the industry who made it to the funeral despite the pandemic restrictions.

Recently, the director, who is producing his son Aasmaan Bhardwaj’s debut film ‘Kuttey’, spoke about his bond with Irrfan. During a conversation with Pinkvilla, the filmmaker said that he misses Irrfan not only on his own sets, but each time he watches a good movie. “You miss Irrfan in every film. Every film I see, I make, when I see good cinema I miss Irrfan. That is the biggest loss, personal loss to me, and I think for the whole industry,” said Bhardwaj.

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At the time of his death, Bhardwaj had even posted on social media about how it will take him some time to absorb Irrfan’s untimely death: “I feared that he would be gone much before his time but didn’t expect that it will be so devastating and ravaging to me personally. It feels as if I am torn into two parts. A part of me has died with him.” 

Bhardwaj even shared a screenplay he wrote about his relationship with the actor called ‘Irrfan and I’.

The two have worked on a slew of successful films, be it their breakout film, the Macbeth adaptation ‘Maqbool’, or the Hamlet’s desi adaptation in the Kashmir-set ‘Haider’. They even worked on ‘7 Khoon Maaf’, as well as his production venture ‘Talvar’, which was helmed by Meghna Gulzar.

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Irrfan last featured in ‘English Medium’ before he passed away battling neuroendocrine tumour.

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