“I Didn’t Want To Detach When Irrfan Khan Left,” Shoojit Says On Casting Babil For A Film

The eldest son of the late actor Irrfan Khan, Babil Khan, has yet to debut but has already signed his second project. While the film is known to be directed by Shoojit Sircar and produced by Ronnie Lahiri, further details have yet to be revealed.

In an interview, Shoojit opened up about working with Babil, and how it was their way of being ‘in touch’ with Irrfan. “Our whole thing was that we did not want to detach after Irrfan left. We just wanted to, so that we are still in touch… Babil is a young boy, we have seen him small when he was growing up, and Irrfan was always worried about him and what he was going to do. But now, we are in touch with him, we are going to work,” he said.

“Babil is still quite young and he has a long way to go but somehow, it feels quite good that we are still in touch with Irrfan,” he added. Irrfan was the first choice to star in Shoojit’s latest release, Sardar Udham, but had to leave the film for health reasons. Finally, Vicky Kaushal took his place.

Ronnie said that it was difficult to move on. “With Irrfan sir, it was more of a friend than just an actor who was a part of the film. We had worked with him, we were friends. I think on a personal level, human level, it hurt us more because he wanted to do this film and we also knew that he could have done it. But fate had something else in store. So, it was a difficult decision, but then ultimately, we had to move on. Of course, we had a chat with him, he only encouraged us, ‘Move on, the film is an important film that one should make.” He said.

Irrfan died last April after a two-year battle with a neuroendocrine tumor. He leaves behind his wife Sutapa Sikdar and his two sons Babil and Ayaan.

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