- “I send love to Sutapa and the family,” Kal Penn wrote
- Kal Penn shared stills from The Namesake
- The film also played taboo and Mira Nair was the director
The actor-comedian Kal Penn, who played Irrfan Khan’s onscreen son Gogol in the 2006 Mira Nairs film The namesake, based on Jhumpa Lahiri’s novel of the same name, paid tribute to the late actor on social media. Irrfan Khan died on Wednesday at the age of 53 in the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital in Mumbai. It was the end of a long fight against cancer. Kal Penn shared still images from The namesake, in which Tabu also played the leading role, and wrote: “Irrfans art and humanity are very much missed. I have never seen anyone who uses the beats of silence so nicely to convey so much about who we are. I broadcast Love to Sutapa and the family. “
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The namesake is considered one of the best performances by Irrfan Khan. The portrayal of the actor by Ashok Ganguli, a first-generation immigrant and the epitome of the Indian father, is deeply embedded in our cultural consciousness. At the end of the film, Irrfan’s character dies from a massive heart attack, and Kal Penn’s character Gogol is seen dealing with life as he dips his father’s ashes into a river. The film was reviewed by film critics from the United States and shown at several film festivals in New York and Toronto. The namesake was Irrfan Khan’s second project with Mira Nair – his first role was in her Oscar-nominated film Salaam Bombay!.
Irrfan Khan, who was last seen in the 2020 film Angrezi mediumwas diagnosed with a neuroendocrine tumor in 2018. A few months ago, he returned to Mumbai after treatment in London. The actor is survived by his wife Sutapa and two sons.