One of the actors who is deeply affected by Irrfan's demise after his family is Jaideep Ahlawat. The actor who is currently basking in applause for his performance as a police officer named Hathiram Chaudhary in Paatal Lok considered the late actor as his guiding light. Talking to PeepingMoon about the void Irrfan left in his life, Jaideep said had the acclaimed actor lived on for another 25 years, the next generation would have learned acting by just watching them.
"Agar Irrfan sahab 25 saal aur hote toh woh Indian cinema ko aise kuch deke jaate ki hamari peedhiyan tak unke kaam ko dekh ke actor ban sakti thi. Ek actor ki journey main unhone mujhe jo diya woh jaan bhi nahi paye. Main mesmerise hota tha. Aaj bhi jab unke kaam ko dekhta hu toh lagta hai itna believable koi insaan kirdar ko kaise bana sakta hai? Kuch ko relatable banana mushkil hai par voh insaan itna waqt dete the. Maqbool apne aap mein hi ek bible hai. Voh illogical characters mein bhi jaan daal dete the. He had a sense of belief in his craft. Isiliye hamesha yaad aate hai," Jaideep told.
Talking about Irrfan, Jaideep choked up and tried to hold back his tears. Gathering courage, he said, "Ek phone ka malaal hamesha raha, Paatal Lok ke baad itne phone aaye, unke (Irrfan) ke phone ka intezaar raha."
Jaideep, after receiving his first-ever Filmfare Award for Paatal Lok, dedicated the Black Lady to Irrfan.
Watch the interview here: