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I will miss talking to you. Until we talk again I will connect with you through your performances. You don’t play characters. You own them. There will not be another like you

Kiski nazar lag gayi, Irrfan

In 2017 you were supremely on top of the game with English Medium becoming both a critical and commercial success. I remember how pleased you were with the turn of events and how much it meant to you to be in a film that was not just praised by critics but also loved by the masses. I remember how disappointed you were when earlier your collaboration with the Raja of the Masses Anees Bazmi had failed. Most notable of these was the American Indie oddity named Puzzle where, I am proud to say, you were the first Indian actor to play the romantic lead in an American film.This Marc Turtletaub –directed romance featured you as a jigsaw puzzle aficionado who has an affair with the married mother-of-two heroine(Kelly Macdonald). While on the surface the deep silences and the bonding between two abandoned individuals over jigsaw puzzles suggested a wealth of enigmatic possibilities, the film possessed a bankrupt soul. It was just an empty exercise in doing a variation on the classic film Falling In Love. But Puzzle came at a time when movies were the last thing on your mind.As you healed you needed your privacy more than ever before. I requested for an interview, and you said speaking was not possible and would I email my questions. I remember once in 2015 my daughter who was studying at Columbia University needed to talk to you for a research project. “The most interesting thing was, I was honoured at the Dubai International Film Festival along with Cate Blanchett who is my most favourite actor.

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