Irrfan, you have gone too soon! You left us when we wanted to see more of you. You were the one who changed the way Bollywood heroes used to be perceived. Speaking with eyes was only and only your thing. As you have left us only with your memories, we--your fans-- go through your early days when you were prepping to create an irreplaceable place in cinema.
Irrfan's guru in theatre during his early days, Ravi Chaturvedi has shared some unseen pics.
Irrfan in action.
Sharing an anecdote from his teenage days, Irrfan in an Instagram post had mentioned that once he wanted his hair to be like Mithun Chakraborty. "I wanted my hair to be like #MithunChakraborty, so I used to go to a barber shop and tell them ke mere baal seedhe kar do …. because my hair were curly and kind of stiff .. Aur kya hota tha ke first day my hair would look good .. just like Mithuns, but after that they would turn into a bird’s nest ! #FilmyInfluence This picture is Day 1 just so you guys know," he captioned this picture.
Sharing this Sholay-inspired photo, Irrfan wrote on Instagram, "This is our poster inspired by the #Sholay poster. #FilmyInfluence"
When Irrfan used to copy the style of Rajesh Khanna. Sharing this throwback photo on Instagram, Irrfan wrote: "Somebody told me that to be an actor you must know horse riding … so whenever I went to ride (or learn to ride - which I didn't at that time), I made it a point that when I sat on the horse … my look would be inspired by Rajesh Khannaji …. ;) Hero toh banna hi tha! #FilmyInfluence".
"Peeche se vaar … kaun hai shikaar .. ?! #FilmyInfluence," the caption of Irrfan's Instagram post read.
Films had a great influence on Irrfan's teenage days. Sharing a glimpse of his early days when the actor and his friends used to pretend to be Bollywood heroes, Irrfan wrote: "We were supposed to be riding horses… but we didn’t find any horses toh we found these … ummm… donkeys. The guy on the right has a gun (fake of course) … Arif (on the left) didn’t get anything toh usne hunter utha liya … and who we are threatening in the picture .. I have no idea ! #FilmyInfluence".
Another from Irrfan's archive when he was prepping to be an actor. "Though we weren’t allowed to watch cinema we used to watch a few movies .. and take pictures and weave a story around it… it would capture our minds … and it would be upto us and you to decipher what these stories would be! #FilmyInfluence. Look at the guy - he is supposed to be dead. But he is smiling!," Irrfan captioned this photo on his Instagram.