The 51st edition of IFFI paid homage to the late legendary actor Irrfan Khan. The actor's wife SutapaSikdar and son Babil Khan attended the screening of one of his marquee films Paan Singh Tomar today.
Talking about the acclaimed actor, Sutapa Sikdar said, "It was a very brave decision to step out of home and attend the festival. One needs closure to walk ahead and IFFI is a closure for me, it is like being there for what we have done 30 years ago as students. It feels nice to be here together to celebrate the person and IFFI couldn't have chosen a better film because this film talks about a race and reaching the finishing line. Irrfan's finish line came too soon but we are proud of him."
Highlights from the Screening of ‘Paan Singh Tomar’, a tribute to the Late Legendary Film Actor Mr. Irrfan Khan by #IFFI51. The event was attended by his wife Ms. Sutapa Sikdar and Son Mr. Babil Khan.@satija_amit @Chatty111Prasad @MIB_India pic.twitter.com/RF2mFlPmdr
— International Film Festival of India (@IFFIGoa) January 22, 2021
She also quoted dialogue from this film remembering Irrfan Khan. She was accompanied by her elder son Babil Khan who shared a few pictures from the event. The nine-day event, recognised as the oldest film festival of Asia, will also feature several remarkable movies helmed by renowned filmmakers from across the globe. The event will begin by paying homage to 28 prominent global cinema luminaries who passed away in 2020.
Director Tushar Hiranandani's Saand Ki Aankh, starring Taapsee Pannu and Bhumi Pednekar in the lead, will be the opening film at the Panorama section of the revered film festival. Apart from Irrfan, the film festival will also pay homage to artistes like Sushant Singh Rajput, Rishi Kapoor, Soumitra Chatterjee and Chadwick Boseman by screening their movies, Kedarnath, Bobby, Charulata and 42, respectively.