If the coronavirus death toll wasn’t enough for the world, God Almighty took two of our favorite actors as well. Both deaths, however, unrelated to the virus. The untimely departure of actors Irrfan Khan and Rishi Kapoor has shocked many.
Of the two, the world was hit harder by the demise of actor Irrfan Khan. The veteran Bollywood actor left behind a legacy that may remain unmatched. On and off-screen, he was an idol, a character like no other.
Recently, a letter that Irrfan Khan penned down before his death has gone viral in India. The emotional letter was directed towards his fans and friends in the media industry.
The letter, presumably written during the shooting of Angrezi Medium, expressed his gratitude for the time given to him for healing. Consequently, he was healing as well. After being diagnosed with cancer and battling it for years, Irrfan Khan passed away due to a colon infection. The actor could not survive numerous illnesses.
Irrfan Khan’s emotional letter before death
“Last few months have been on a road to recovery, a period to heal, to fight the fatigue and face the reel and real world. I am aware of your concern and request to talk to you, share my journey, but I am fathoming it myself, inhaling and internalising, taking baby steps to merge my healing with work and trying to experiment the amalgamation of both,” Irrfan wrote in the letter.
He added: “I am deeply touched by your wishes, your prayers and it means a lot for me and my family. I truly respect the way you have respected my journey, giving me time and space to heal. Thank you for your patience and the warmth and the love all through this overwhelming journey.”
He ended the letter with excerpts from 19th-century Australian writer Rainer Maria Rilke’s poem.
“I feel an urge to share with you something.
I live my life in widening rings
which spread over earth and sky.
I may not ever complete the last one,
but that is what I will try.
I circle around God’s primordial tower,
and I circle ten thousand years long;
And I still don’t know if I’m a falcon,
a storm, or an unfinished song.”
Rest in peace, Irrfan Khan – for our screens will miss your work forever. Till then, we will reminisce by watching your work and remember you in the best of words.