5 Places Irrfan Made Us Want to Visit With His Movies

5 Places Irrfan Made Us Want to Visit With His Movies
Irrfan in a still from Qarib Qarib Singlle,

On the late actor's first death anniversary, we remember five of his movies set in iconic places throughout India. Tag along?

Prannay Pathak, Karan Kaushik
April 29 , 2021
04 Min Read

The year 2020 brought with it a lot of shocks and heartbreaks. The very untimely death of Irrfan, actor extraordinaire of international fame, jolted the world of movie fans throughout the world. On his first death anniversary, we remember the man who could play chalk and cheese with the same effortless ease, in the OT way: through places the actor made everyone want to visit through his diverse body of work. Here's our top 5:

Taj Mahal in The Namesake
Irrfan Khan and family come face-to-face with the Taj Mahal in The Namesake
Perhaps one of the finest movies starring Irrfan, this soul-stirring work of art by Mira Nair quite poignantly depicts the cross-cultural experiences and exploration of India’s incredible heritage of Ashok (Irrfan) and Ashima’s (Tabu) son Gogol (Kal Penn), as the story oscillates between the United States and India. We get to see iconic sights from New York and Kolkata in the movie, but it is the family’s trip to the majestic Taj Mahal that gives the audiences major wanderlust. Irrfan’s Ashok taking pictures of his family on a film camera is basically every Indian dad from the nineties. 

Gangtok in Qarib Qarib Singlle
Irrfan and Parvathy during the climax scene of Qarib Qarib Singlle in Gangtok
From offering his fingers to crack to a nervous Parvathy and lovingly getting her to puke into his lap as she gets mountain sickness to asking her to share her bottle of water with him in the final cable-car scene, Irrfan channels his effortless charm in the road-trip rom-com Qarib Qarib Singlle. The duo travel across India to meet each of Irrfan's three exes, but it is in winsome Gangtok that the narrative reaches its crescendo. His character's preppy outfits and the lovestruck look in his eye make the prayer-flag-festooned lanes and distinct Buddhist vibe seem even more romantic. 

Kolkata in Piku
Irrfan and Deepika Padukone in Piku
Only an Irrfan Khan could give you major travel goals in a movie based on upset bowel movements and chronic constipation. His character Rana brings life to the movie as he embarks on a wonderful road trip from Delhi to Kolkata via Varanasi with a crazy, constipated septuagenarian and his equally crazy daughter. While Piku and Rana spend some time discussing how driving liberates one, on the ghats of Varanasi, it’s their day out in Kolkata that really stands out. From the Howrah Bridge to the Princep Ghat to the St. Paul's cathedral and heritage houses, Piku makes you fall in love with Kolkata’s old-world charm all over again. And how to forget the mesmerising Journey song from the movie!

Kerala in Karwaan
A coconut water break on the road trip in Karwaan
Karwaan, shot by Killa cinematographer Avinash Arun, is a guilty ride through the lush hills and striking landscapes of southern India that three people from different walks of life take to correct a mix-up of corpses. Irrfan plays Shaukat, a mildly irritable Hyderabadi with a heart of gold, driving Dulquer Salmaan and Mithila Palkar from Bangalore to Ooty to Kochi. The majority of the feel-good film was shot in Kerala, and it is said that the late actor loved the monsoon-soaked serenity of Kochi and Mudumalai. Also watch out for the stunning aerial shots.

Rishikesh in Qarib Qarib Singlle
Remember Irrfan’s Yogi dressed in a green lungi, a red gamcha and a pair of khadaaus, trying to impress his blind date on the ghats of Rishikesh? The two eat jalebis and sip tea from a kulhad while trying to know each other. They also attend the famous Ganga aarti and stay at the Parmaarth Ashram. 

Who would not want to have a similar date trip with an absolute stranger in such serene settings? While most movies depict Rishikesh as a rafting destination, Qarib Qarib Single managed to show the real charm of Rishikesh through its peaceful ghats and rich culture.

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