Irrfan Khan sorely MISSED at special screening of Blackmail!

Irrfan Khan always went the extra mile to promote his films and be present at private screenings. All the more reason why the genial actor was missed when T-Series held a special screening of his latest film Blackmail.

Irrfan Khan,Blackmail Irrfan Khan sorely MISSED at special screening of Blackmail! Source : Press

A few months ago, at the preview of his last release Qarib Qarib Singlle, a smiling Irrfan Khan with wife Sutapa greeted and mingled with all the guests. 


Whether it was Lunchbox, Madari or Hindi Medium, the actor always went the extra mile to promote his films and be present at private screenings.


All the more reason why the genial actor was missed when T-Series held a special screening of his latest film Blackmail as early as Monday (April 2) evening at Sunny Super Sound in Juhu. From actors Divya Dutta (who is splendid as a rich and drunken wife) and Arunoday Singh (who plays Divya's husband and Kirti Kulhari's lover) to director Abhinay Deo, everybody from the main cast and crew were at the screening except Irrfan who we all know is ailing and undergoing treatment.


Irrfan showed no signs of his serious medical condition all through the shooting of Blackmail. "There was absolutely no indication that anything was wrong," said both Divya Dutta and Abhinay. 


But when it came to allotting dates for the promotion for the film, Irrfan had to uncharacteristically back off due to ill health.

Initially diagnosed as jaundice, later reports underscored that he was suffering from a more serious disease. "A rare disease," as Irrfan himself told the world in a tweet. "Little had I known that my search for rare stories would make me find a rare disease," he had tweeted on March 5, bringing his trademark wit into such a sombre message. 


An actor known to be candid about everything, from his personal life to his religious beliefs, Irrfan ran true to nature when he was forthcoming about being diagnosed with a neuroendocrine tumour.

 
For the first time, his latest film Blackmail could not be promoted by Irrfan who is battling the disease.


Blackmail, as the promos promised, has characteristic Irrfan humour in the "rare story" of a man who blackmails his wife and her lover. The actor is, as always, in his element as Dev Kaushal, the husband who comes home early one evening to find his wife in a compromising position with her lover. 


Catering to a multiplex audience, Blackmail will please Irrfan's legion of fans who will collectively keep their fingers crossed for the actor to return and entertain his audience in many more films. 


Blackmail, the film, ends with ‘You have won' flashing on the computer screen. Here's wishing, Irrfan wins his bout with the tumour too and comes out victorious.