Pakistani actress left numb with her Hindi Medium  co- actor’s demise. Strained Indo-Pak relations, Coronavirus pandemic leads to the Indian actor having a private, low key funeral
Saba Qamar and Irrfan Khan in Hindi Medium (2017)
It is not just India, but the world mourns the loss of Irrfan Khan. The Indian actor had achieved global fame through his work in Indian and Hollywood films. Khan was also much loved in Pakistan. In 2017, Khan had collaborated with talented Pakistani artiste Saba Qamar for the Bollywood social comedy Hindi Medium. Khan had won the Filmfare Award for Best Actor while Qamar had received several nominations at Indian awards do for her performance in Hindi Medium.
Qamar was left devastated by the demise of the Indian actor. The actress felt hurt that she couldn’t personally come down to meet Khan’s family in their hour of grief.
“I’m numb today, I still cannot accept the loss of a brilliant co-actor Irrfan. I really am at a loss for words. It’s very heart wrenching for me to say Rest In Peace Irrfan. I really hope things were better between our countries and I could go see his family but my heartfelt condolences to his family. ” Qamar told BeyondBollywood via a text message.
“We lost a gem today I have tears in my eyes while I’m saying all of this. It’s a huge loss to the cinema world. Irrfan left a huge irreplaceable void in cinema. May his soul Rest In Peace of heaven, ” added Qamar.
The world is currently battling the Coronavirus pandemic that has led to global lockdown. Strained Indo-Pak politcal ties has also led to severing of cultural ties between India and Pakistan since 2016.
The global lockdown led to Khan having a private funeral that was only attended by close family members and a few friends. Khan was laid to rest at around 3 pm today at Versova Kabrasthan in Mumbai.
Earlier today, Hollywood filmmaker Colin Trevorrow, who helmed the blockbuster Jurassic World , recalled a touching message by Khan.
“Deeply sad to have lost #IrrfanKhan. A thoughtful man who found beauty in the world around him, even in pain. In our last correspondence, he asked me to remember “the wonderful aspects of our existence” in the darkest of days. Here he is, laughing. ” tweeted Trevorrow.
Deeply sad to have lost #IrrfanKhan. A thoughtful man who found beauty in the world around him, even in pain. In our last correspondence, he asked me to remember “the wonderful aspects of our existence” in the darkest of days. Here he is, laughing. pic.twitter.com/8eAsSOO9Ie
— Colin Trevorrow (@colintrevorrow) April 29, 2020