Irrfan Khan’s subtle sensuality earned him the title of the ‘thinking woman’s sex-icon’.
Here’s celebrating the late actor on his 54th birth anniversary by replaying his candid quotes on love, romance and sex…
"I wanted to come up to you and tell you all this in person, but I just watched you wait. You looked beautiful. You're young. You can dream. And for some time, you let me into your dreams. And I want to thank you for that."
The Lunchbox (2013) | Irrfan Khan pic.twitter.com/P9BTmqEF9M
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The gangster who surrendered to love in Maqbool (2003)…
The gentle husband who expelled raging passion in bed in The Namesake (2006)…
The lover boy embarrassed by his obsession with a woman’s anatomy in Life In A… Metro (2007)…
The sexy royal in Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns (2013)…
The widower who finds his ‘summer of 42’ in The Lunchbox (2013)...
The cab driver, who charms with his wry sarcasm in Piku (2015)...
The impudent cop in Jazbaa (2015), who tells ‘the world’s most beautiful woman’, “Mohabbat hai is liye jaane diya... zidd hoti toh baahon mein hoti!”
— The Quint (@TheQuint) October 11, 2015
… In the dominion of vanity-possessed heroes, Irrfan Khan’s sex-appeal lay in his authenticity, in his quirky physicality, in his rich emotional frequency. Primal and passionate. Real and off-the-cuff… the seemingly staid Irrfan lent poetry to the prose of his characters.
[bts] deepika padukone and irrfan khan on the sets of 'piku'. hope they collaborate again soon! pic.twitter.com/7C5GlpDnCC
— best of deepika padukone (@badpostsdeepika) April 21, 2019
“Irrfan’s got a great sex-appeal and he triggers the sensitive side of women in an intellectual way. He’s not for frivolous women but for those with substance. Any woman who has some intellect will find Irrfan really attractive,” said director Tigmanshu Dhulia in an interview underling his offbeat vibe.
While filmmaker Mira Nair endorsed his overseas magnetism speaking to The New York Times, “[For Americans] he’s in the realm of Jean-Paul Belmondo or Marcello Mastroianni or Omar Sharif… clearly from some other culture but having great appeal to be seen as anything from an Everyman type to a very quiet and intelligent sort of sex-appeal.”
Here’s culling out a few quotes from Irrfan Khan’s interviews through the years that reveal his maverick views on women, love and longing…
ON BEING SHY
“I can’t approach a woman and express my desire. As a teen, I did try that but I got such a nasty look. I don’t have the skills to be easy with a woman. And if you happen to like the girl, you tend to get even more conscious.”
“When I was younger, I only used to daydream about sex… But now, unless some kind of union happens, some kind of communication, sex has no meaning.”
ON BEING A ROMANTIC
Rest in Peace, Irrfan Khan (1967 - 2020)💔🍁#IrrfanKhan and #Tabu at the grounds of the #VictoriaMemorialHall #Kolkata during the shooting of #MiraNair's #TheNamesake (2006).
Pic courtesy @victoriamemkol pic.twitter.com/v6NIcl60zr
— nirupama kotru (@nirupamakotru) April 29, 2020
“I am a romantic. I believe in an ‘ideal love’, which makes it possible to become one with your beloved. Romance is a search; it’s something I long for. I am dying to do romantic roles.”
ON BEING A THINKING WOMAN’S SEX-ICON
— NDTV Movies (@moviesndtv) May 4, 2020