The Namesake’s Gogol Kal Penn remembers Irrfan: His humanity will be badly missed

Renowned actor Irrfan died on Wednesday (April 29) at the age of 53 in Mumbai. The actor was admitted to Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital due to a colon infection. Irrfan took his last breath there.

As soon as the news of Irrfan’s death was released, social media was flooded with messages from fans and celebrities expressing their grief.

Hollywood actor Kal Penn, who worked with Irrfan in Mira Nair’s The Namesake also penned a heartfelt note for him. He said that he will miss the actor’s “art and humanity.”

Read his tweet below:

Penn wrote, “Irrfan’s art and humanity will be badly missed. Never seen someone use the beats of silence so beautifully to convey so much about who we are. Sending love to Sutapa and the family.”

He also shared a picture from the film, The Namesake, featuring him and Irrfan. Penn played the role of Gogol in the film and Irrfan played Ashoke, his father.

Penn isn’t the only Hollywood celebrity who mourned the loss. Hollywood director Colin Trevorrow, who worked with Irrfan in Jurassic World, remembered his last conversation with the actor.

He tweeted, “Deeply sad to have lost #Irrfan. 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.”

Ava Duvernay also tweeted about Irrfan. She wrote, “A grateful fan of #Irrfan here. Gone too soon. When he is on screen, you can’t take your eyes off of him. He lives on in his films.”

Irrfan was admitted to the hospital on Tuesday. In 2018, the actor was diagnosed with a neuroendocrine tumor, following which he underwent treatment in the UK.

Irrfan is survived by his wife Sutapa Sikder, and sons Babil and Ayan.

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