It was Delhi’s National School of Drama (NSD) that helped late veteran actor Irrfan Khan to find a footing in Indian cinema. In 1986, director Mira Nair had paid a visit to NSD to look for actors to cast in her film “Salaam Bombay”. She picked the 20-year-old Irrfan for a small role.
Apart from letting Irrfan explore the world of acting, his alma mater also played a crucial roles in his love story with his wife Sutapa Sikdar. Sutapa, who is a writer, was his collegemate. The two fell in love during their college days and later tied the knot in 1995.
As Irrfan left for his heavenly abode on Wednesday, his alma Mater NSD paid tribute to him.
On the behalf of NSD family, Director-In-Charge Suresh Sharma tweeted: “The news of the demise of the noted actor (alumnus NSD) Mr. Irrfan Khan is highly shocking. The NSD family pays a heartfelt tribute. Irrfan Bhai had contributed a lot to theatre. God bless the departed soul.”
Irrfan was only 54. Earlier this week, he was hospitalized after being diagnosed with colon infection. He even battled neuroendocrine tumor for several months and returned to Mumbai a few months ago after being treated in London.
While remembering the versatile actor, a glance through his Twitter feed provided us with one of his precious pictures from his NSD days.
In 2016, Irrfan had posted a black and white picture in which he is having a fun conversation with his friends from NSD.
“Woh Bhi Kya Din the NSD ke,” Irrfan had captioned the image that shows him sporting eyeglasses.
Before learning acting at NSD, Irrfan had pursued an MA degree from one of the colleges in his home town Jaipur.