Irfan Khan suffering from ‘rare disease’; discloses himself


MUMBAI: Actor Irfan Khan says he is suffering from a rare disease and is fighting for choices. Last month, film-maker Vishal Bhardwaj had announced that he was pushing back his film, starring Deepika Padukone and Irrfan.
“I am pushing back the film by a few months as both of my lead actors are down with different health problems. Irrfan is down with jaundice,” the director had said.
Now, Irrfan has shared that he has a rare disease and has requested people not to speculate.
“Sometimes you wake up with a jolt with life shaking you up. The last 15 days, my life has been a suspense story. Little had I known that my search for rare stories would make me find a rare disease,” Irfan tweeted on Monday.
“I have never given up and have always fought for my choices and always will. My family and friends are with me and we are working it out the best way possible. In trying times, please don’t speculate as I will myself share with you my story within a week – 10 days, when further investigations come with a conclusive diagnosis. Till then, wish the best for me,” he added.
Irfan Khan was recently and rightfully granted the DIFF Honorary Award at the Dubai International Film Festival 2017. Khan has worked in over 80 films across Asia, Americas and the UK. He has shared screen space with the best of the best in the business – from Brad Pitt to Aishwarya Rai and most recently with Pakistani actress Saba Qamar in the successful film Hindi Medium. Khan’s film Song of Scorpions alongside Golshifteh Farahani was screened at the Dubai International Film Festival, and unsurprisingly received tremendous applause and acclaim.
The fifty-year-old Life Of Pi actor appeared to be at ease and spoke softly but confidently about his career and his future within the industry. I sat down with him as he smiled his characteristic, charismatic megawatt smile.
People are terming him as one of the finest actors in cinema right now. “Who does?” he asks me, half in earnest half in jest. “Critics do,” I responded. “That’s a good label, no?” I ask him. “Yeah it is,” he tells me staring somewhere in the distance. “But labels can change. I don’t really care about labels. It does make me feel nice. But you can’t take that too seriously. It has to be about how you see yourself. That matters. That stays,” the Madaari star asserted, adding, “These terms and labels can change any time. Sometimes these labels are not that well thought out. Sometimes they’re instinctive.”
“You think a label like that is instinctive?” I question. “No this is not,” he agrees. And his reasoning works. It’s out of posterity instead of vanity. “It took time for for people to form that opinion about me,” he shared.
Belonging to a Jaipur Nawab family, Irrfan’s journey to stardom in India as well as his international acclaim hasn’t been a straight cut story. Irfan’s initial roles consisted of mainly negative ones – or difficult ones that other actors may not have easily accepted. He was the central character in Vishal Bhardwaj’s critically acclaimed Maqbool – which was based on Shakespeare’s tragedy Macbeth. He rose to international fame with the Mira Nair film The Namesake for which he was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. His recent film, a part of the Dan Brown trilogy Inferno, witnessed him alongside Tom Hanks. Inferno grossed over two hundred million dollars and Irrfan’s effortless performance didn’t go unnoticed, as usual!