29 April, 01:14 am.

It’s been a year since Irrfan’s demise. A year passed by so fast. Who would have thought of his passing away so early? Leaving his possessions down here and leading another distinct, peaceful life ahead! I don’t know at all what and how to say on his death anniversary but I am sharing a note which I had written months ago. As if I felt like sharing this as my deepest condolences to him.

I miss the idea of Irrfan in my country. I miss him, abhi, aaj.
Unki aankhen bolti hain, more than his body, more than his hands merely more than his facial expressions. Jo bohoto ke liye karna asambhav hain & that’s the best part about Irrfan. You just simply cannot stop looking at him. How are you supposed to remove your eyes out of him while he enacts? No Jesus. Never
Many movies I have just watched because it had Irrfan as a protagonist. Aur woh baakayda bohot hi achi hoti thi. Har ek movie pehle se Kuch alag hoti thi. Maybe its plot, his appearance, his acting, his dialect, his demeanor. Everything I suppose.

Mujhe lagta hain ki after his passing away, I started to miss him more than usual. Pehle toh aise nahi hota tha. Woh pehle aise kalakaar hain jinki maut ne mujhe personally dukhi kiya tha!

Maybe because ‘We tend to miss people more often when they are away. This is true for those we lost in heaven and those still alive in our lives.’

For now, I can only pray ki woh jaha kahi bhi hain sukh aur shanti ke sath ho. Jaha bhi hain tu khush toh haina, jaha bhi rahe khush hi rehna. May the Almighty give strength and courage to his family. Irrfan actually never went away, he is always alive in ourselves, in our every good deed. We remember you in our duas. Om Shanti! 🙏

The topmost picture is from his movie The Lunchbox. I immensely feel connected to it so much. That very scene when the photographer asks ladkiwale (Mehrunisa) ke parivar jan ek baazu ho jaye aur ladkewale (Sheikh) ke ek baazu. And the absolute irony you can see it in the picture for now as well. Hahaha : ) 💙

We tend to miss people more often when they are away. This is true for those we lost in heaven and those still alive in our lives.