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National award winning filmmaker Ashvin Kumar recalls the time when Irrfan Khan helped him for no charge

Ashvin Kumar also revealed that he wrote, 'Road to Ladakh' with Irrfan Khan in mind
by Apoorv Shandilya | May 07, 2020 17:53 IST
National award winning filmmaker Ashvin Kumar recalls the time when Irrfan Khan helped him for no charge

Filmmaker Ashvin Kumar has revealed that he feels cheated by life upon hearing news about Irrfan Khan's demise. The National award-winning filmmaker said that he wrote his famous film 'Road to Ladakh' with Irrfan Bhai in mind. Kumar also recalled the time when Irrfan Khan volunteered to help for no charge.

 
Kumar who was just a drop out of the London Film School approached Irrfan for help in 2004. Khan helped me and didn't charge a single penny.
 
In a recent interview, the Oscar-nominated filmmaker said, "I wrote Road To Ladakh keeping Irrfan bhai in mind. I needed his support and he did that quite willingly. I remember when we were in Delhi before leaving for Ladakh, that evening Bhai had met with an accident. He injured his wrist. He had all the medical reasons to back out as I was not paying him and he was voluntarily supporting the film. But he said, ‘I promised you, I will keep my words'. The more I got to know him, my respect for him as an individual amplified. He did not know back then that he had high altitude sickness, and we discovered that once we went to Ladakh. He was sick, with an injured wrist and living under extreme weather conditions inside a tent-like all of us. But he did not give up. He constantly supported us."
 
Speaking about the loss of Irrfan Khan he said, "Irrfan Bhai had a tremendous sense of destiny and way ahead of his time. That is why perhaps he struggled much more than many, despite being so talented, in his short-lived career. I so wanted to collaborate with him once again because every time I had word with him -- especially when he visited London -- I just realized he had so much to offer. He changed the scene in ‘alternative cinema' and I wanted to make more films with him. In a way, emotionally, I feel cheated! Irrfan Bhai left too soon."
 


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