An ode to one of Bollywood’s greatest actors, Irrfan Khan— “Irrfan – You will always be the silver lining to our lives.If there are movies that rationalise yet simplify life, the ones that are a lot more organic and exceptionally bona fide, then obviously those are yours. Whether it is ‘Rog’ or ‘Piku’ or ‘Maqbool,’ the list can go on and on since every film of yours is about life itself. They’re like series of lessons about life, how to live it to its fullest and somewhere in every movie of yours, I felt a strong connection to the characters portrayed, as if it were my own story. It’s not only me, everyone finds themselves somewhere in you. You were like the therapist who knew the stories of our lives, and how effortlessly you stimulated us in so many ways, not just through your movies but in your being as well. Whether we talk about your role as Shaukat in ‘Karwaan’ which conveyed such a beautiful message—it’s preferable to be soulless than to be hard headed—or your character in ‘Rog’ where you exquisitely elucidated the fact that little things do matter, and that’s what taught us to live every day to the fullest even if one ordinary day follows the other because that’s what life is about.When I completed high school and moved out of town for further studies, I watched ‘Namesake’ and that made me realize how we as humans forget to reciprocate love and care. We are so engrossed in the world that we forget our nurturers.The things that I adore the most about you: you were so proud of who you were, and you always gave your finest in even the smallest. Even a minor character of yours left an impact on people because you looked so effortless, so real, and so much like us. It made me realize that we don’t need godfathers to succeed. Hard work and talent will upswing. You were the “jack of all trades.” 29th April 2020 was an awfully sad day for many. I felt like a part of me was gone with Irrfan because he inspired me in a lot of ways. Every artist dreamt of meeting him at least once in their lifetime. On the day of his passing, so many dreams were shattered. Unknowingly, he was shedding so much love and happiness that his death felt like a personal loss to everyone. The last voice note that he recorded because of his ill health for the promotion of his last movie which says “main aaj aapke saath hu bhi aur nahi bhi” felt so real at that moment and it worked as a metaphor for that situation. In a nutshell “you have gone too soon” but you were the star who illuminated the world for us. We will always remember you and your work. We will carry your legacy within us forever.