Irrfan's untimely death in 2020 came across as a shock to the entire Khan family as well as his colleagues and fans. He passed away after a long battle with a neuroendocrine tumour. Now, his son Babil Khan is taking his legacy forward by stepping into the world of Indian cinema. In his first interview, Babil spoke to a magazine about losing his father who was his best friend. The upcoming actor said he will perhaps never stop grieving.
Babil told the magazine, "Grieving has a negative connotation, but it’s actually a beautiful exercise in celebrating someone’s life. I coexisted with him. He was my best friend. There was no parda. There are so many questions I have that I wish I had asked him earlier. Like, sure, I can borrow from reality while performing x part but how do I experience my imagination to its full extent for roles that I’ve no reference for? How did he create that one moment in Life of Pi where he suddenly breaks down without his face revealing what’s to come? I wish he was here."
Talking about the bond they established between 2018 and 2020, Babil shared, "We developed a very sacred bond. He never taught me acting. He taught me about life, about living freely and fearlessly, about experiencing everything even if that meant going through pain. He wanted me to be affected by everything and to surrender to the truth of the moment. He’d say, ‘Feel everything.’ And then tell me, ‘Whatever you’ve experienced, bring that to your performances.’ This approach started to inform the decisions that I later took."
Babil will be starring in Netflix's film Qala with Tripti Dimri. He has signed Yash Raj Films' first web show titled The Railway Men. Babil will share the screen space with Amitabh Bachchan in Shoojit Sircar's The Umesh Chronicles.