In 2017, Vishal Bharadwaj had confirmed directing a film starring Irrfan and Deepika Padukone in the lead. It was said to be the adaptation of crime reporter author Hussain Zaidi’s gangster story, Sapna Didi. However, Irrfan, in 2018, released a statement informing his fans that he will be taking a break from cinema after being diagnosed with Neuroendocrine Tumour. Later, Vishal clarified that the film has been delayed and not shelved. But, the film will now never see the daylight.
Irrfan, after battling with the tumour like a warrior for 2 years, breathed his last on April 29, 2020. Now, as we are remembering Irrfan on his 1st death anniversary, PeepingMoon.com spoke to Jaideep Ahlawat who has high regard for the acclaimed Hollywood and Bollywood actor. Jaideep calls Irrfan his guru. Talking about him, Jaideep got emotional and revealed that he was offered a role in film directed by Vishal.
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Jaideep further added that he was desperately waiting to bag the role, irrespective of the length. "Vishal (Bharadwaj) ji ek film bana rahe the jisme Deepika Padukone aur Irrfan sahab the. Main uske liye audition de raha tha. Usi dauran yeh pata chala yeh voh bimar hai. Main voh audition shiddat se dene ki koshish kar raha tha aur har din pray kar raha tha ki chahe 4 scenes ho ya kharab bhi acting ho, mujhe mil jaye. Par voh nahi hua," Jaideep said.
In all his previous interviews and at award functions, Jaideep has credited Irrfan for his success and dedicated all the awards won for Paatal Lok to him.
(Transcribed by: Tanmayi Savadi)