Late actors Irrfan Khan, Rishi Kapoor and Sushant Singh Rajput will be honoured at the Indian Movie Festival of Melbourne. As part of IFFM’s tribute section, the festival will be screening Irrfan’s Song of Scorpion, Rishi’s 102 Not Out and Sushant’s Kedarnath this year.
In a remark, festival director Mitu Bhowmick Lange, said, “Artistes continue to exist through their legacy. These were some fine men who did some unbelievable movies that resonated with everyone. It was once important for us to celebrate their reminiscence. We handpicked some great films for our audience in order that we relive a little bit of their lives with them. Their loss to the movie industry is irrevocable but the magic of their movies will continue to entertain generations hereafter.”
Rishi’s 102 Not Out also starred Amitabh Bachchan as his father. Sushant’s Kedarnath was once directed by Abhishek Kapoor and marked the debut of Sara Ali Khan. Song of Scorpion saw Irrfan reunite with his Qissa director Anup Singh and also starred Golshifteh Farahani.
Irrfan died on April 29 after a two-year battle with neuroendocrine tumour. Rishi died a day later on April 30 after battling cancer for a year. Sushant died by suicide on June 14.
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Irrfan was once also paid a tribute by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts recently in their special video on hope. A scene featuring Irrfan from Ang Lee movie The Life of Pi saw him talking approximately life and death. On his death, the Academy wrote in a tweet, “A mainstay of Bollywood cinema and unbelievable talent in films like Slumdog Millionaire, Life of Pi and The Namesake, Irrfan Khan left his imprint on global cinema. An inspiration to millions, he’s going to be greatly missed.”
The Golden Globes wrote, “Sad news: Actor IRRFAN KHAN kicked the bucket the day before today at the age of 53 in Mumbai, India. He had been hospitalized the day before with a colon infection. Irrfan Khan was once best known to international audiences for his roles in films like Life of Pi, The Lunchbox, Puzzle, Jurassic World and the Golden Globe® winning Slumdog Millionaire. He first appeared on the big screen in the Golden Globe® nominated movie Salaam Bombay. Our thoughts go out to his friends and family at this difficult time. May he rest in peace.”
Irrfan’s final movie was once Angrezi Medium which released earlier this year but received lukewarm reaction because of the coronavirus pandemic. Rishi was once final seen in The Body with Emraan Hashmi and Sushant’s final film–Dil Bechara–released post humously on Disney+ Hotstar in July to great fan reaction.
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