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By Kashish Rai
“I want to Entertain people but with some substance….”
This is what had been the motive of one of the finest actors of all time~ the great Irrfan Khan who is unfortunately not amongst us anymore.
Irrfan Khan, who recently left for heavenly abode after battling with prolonged illness has left behind such a rich and exquisite cinematic legacy which is unmatchable and impossible to define. Over the course of his 30-year career in the field of cinema, this gem of an actor did everything~ from big Bollywood hits to Oscar Winners, from grand Hollywood blockbusters to even dramas and thus, the actor will always remain versatile in his own aesthetic.
Beyond the impeccable skills he had, Irrfan’s face was one of cinema’s most expressive one’s, where many people have actually acclaimed that the guy could act with his eyes! The very famous Hollywood Actor Tom Hanks has also termed him as “the coolest guy in the room”.
Here I present to you 10 Key performances of Irrfan Khan which you must watch in order to experience his everlasting magic!
1. EK DOCTOR KI MAUT (1990)
Director: Tapan Sinha
Coming out as the Masterpiece by the director, Ek Doctor Ki Maut is a must watch if you want to know why and where India lags behind in the field of medical research, why the one who is on the verge of developing leprosy vaccine is frustrated fighting the conundrums of the bureaucratic system. People who are interested in the field of scientific research should definitely watch this film. It was this film from where Irrfan started gaining fame. In this film, Irrfan played the role of a sympathetic science reporter.
2. MAQBOOL (2003)
Director: Vishal Bhardwaj
Maqbool is an outstanding crime drama film by Vishal Bhardwaj. It is based on the famous play “Macbeth” written by William Shakespeare. Maqbool isn’t a literal adaptation of Macbeth, it has its own tone and culture. The movie is not just a piece of content you see to enjoy your time, you live through it. Irrfan has done a tremendous job as a lead. This film is indeed a cinematic masterpiece.
3. QISSA (2013)
- Director: Anup Singh
Qissa is an exquisite masterpiece, which tells the story of a Sikh trapped in his desire for eternity. This film is an excellent portrayal of the traditional mindset of a Punjabi family where a father aspires for a male child after successive female children. Here again, Irrfan has played the role of the lead. This film will make you get swayed in its situation, life of characters, their individual psychology and dignity of life. It is beautifully scripted but is surprisingly horrifying.
4. THE LUNCHBOX (2013)
Director: Ritesh Batra
Have you ever seen a movie and after watching it you just need some time to process what you are feeling or what do you exactly want from life? The Lunchbox will make you do that! It is just a simple story of how we as humans need to connect with people,how we constantly need someone to hold us and tell us that everything will be alright. The nuances and subtle human nature is captured with so much perfection that it feels like too good to be true~ all thanks to Irrfan! This critically acclaimed film featured yet another subtle, poignant performance from Irrfan. You should definitely watch it.
5. PAN SINGH TOMAR (2012)
Director: Tigmanshu Dhulia
Here’s Irrfan, who covered oceans and scaled mountains. You simply can’t keep your eyes off him in this marvelous creation. Paan Singh Tomar is like a boon for every die-hard fan of Indian Cinema. The director Tigmanshu Dhulia is successfully able to tell the biopic how a former national champion athlete turned into a Dacoit in a cricket obsessed country. The interesting plot builds on it and takes you to a whirlwind journey of his life, which tickles you, inspires you, and ultimately asks you some very uncomfortable questions. For this very film, Irrfan was also felicitated with the National Award. This should be in your must watch!
6. PIKU (2015)
Director: Shoojit Sircar
Piku is a beautiful and soothing story with a less drama yet endearing characters. The 3 characters in this film have their own distinct flavour~ Deepika as a flake,irritating,independent yet alluring daughter “Piku’, Amitabh with freaky,obsessive,constipated father and Irrfan with his natural acting charm, sandwiched between the eccentric father and daughter!! Overall a refreshing story and a very different genre. You should definitely give it a watch!
7. MADAARI (2016)
Director: Nishikant Kamat
Madaari is a must-watch for many reasons. First and foremost is Irrfan Khan. Second, it is meant for family audiences. Third, it has a powerful story conveying a strong message against the system. Irrfan Khan’s acting is a big compliment for Madaari. This film is well-crafted and made with a refined direction. Madaari is about a man Nirmal suffering a big disaster and then fighting back with all his energy and vigor to question the system in place.
8. TALVAR (2015)
Director: Meghna Gulzar
Talvar is one of those refreshers who never fails to give audiences a reality check on the weak and fragile system of the country. It is based on Arushi Talwar murder case. This film is just a clever interpretation of how things might have gone and not a real story. Irrfan has played the role of an investigating office in this film.
9. HINDI MEDIUM (2017)
Director: Saket Chaudhary
Hindi Medium isn’t really a movie. This is a real story of today’s elite parents who think studying in an English Medium school can promise a good life for their children. The film hasn’t gone stereotype and rather looks very different than all those movies you see these days. Hindi medium is enormously charming; light hearted comedy and a socio-political satire on the education system and the elite class’s charm for English Medium Schools. Through this film, Irrfan The film does a great commentary on India’s obsession with English, and how class and opportunity intermingle.
10. ANGREZI MEDIUM (2020)
Director: Homi Adajania
Unfortunately, being Irrfan’s last film~ Angrezi Medium is again a must watch. In this film, Irrfan flits effortlessly from the emotional to the ecstatic to the zany, creating some endearing moments in concerts with the story. Dedicated to all the sacrificing & wonderful fathers, it is a hilarious film backed by actors who have impeccable comic time to make you naturally go laughing! The story about father Daughter just touches you deep inside and also teaches you some beautiful things which will keep you connected to the core of every emotion. You must definitely watch it.
The most versatile actor of all time~ Irrfan has left us too soon, but his legacy will keep on moving for generations to come!
Prior to the brutal second wave of the pandemic, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had cautioned civil services probationers against developing the despised "babu mindset". He gave the invaluable piece of advice while addressing civil services probies at the well-known Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration in Mussoorie via video-conferencing. He also outlined the keystone mantra of "minimum government and maximum governance".
With the recent collapse of the under-construction flyover in Bandra Kurla Complex which injured 14 labourers, it seems like the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has got the PM's keystone mantra all wrong. The recent flyover collapse isn't an isolated incident, in fact, a month ago a similarly bemusing incident took place in the eastern part of the suburbs.
On 1st August 2021, the honourable Chief Minister of Maharashtra Shri. Uddhav Thackeray inaugurated a flyover in the eastern part of the suburbs. In his inaugural speech, he quipped the BMC to smoothen the rough road surface. The BMC swing into action and the surface of the flyover was swiftly re-worked upon. But, instead of smoothening the pre-existing rough surface, the shoddy repair work added to the problem. To top it all off, the BMC added a barrage of speed breakers and rumbler strips on the bridge.
The shoddy repair work combined with a plethora of speed breakers caused long congestions on the Mankhurd-Ghatkopher stretch, ultimately killing the purpose of building the bridge. Moreover, after numerous accidents of motorbikes skidding on the bridge during the rain and the subsequent death of a rider the bridge was closed for traffic.
The construction of the flyover commenced in February 2016 at an approved cost of ₹500 crores. The project was slated to be delivered in January 2019 but was delayed multiple times. The BMC had also made a design change in the flyover by adding a connector to the Deonar dumping ground due to which the construction cost of the flyover was increased to over ₹700 crore. The flyover was expected to bring relief to the traffic on Ghatkopar-Mankhurd Link Road but instead, it added to the existing traffic woes. On a concluding note, the maximum city of Mumbai runs on barely minimum governance, literally.
Keywords: Mumbai, Narendra Modi, Civil Services, Governance.
Along with the undeniable natural beauty, the Kashmir valley has developed a reputation for adventurous activities like trekking, hiking, and river rafting. Kashmir has maintained its charm, allowing us to time-travel into beautiful destinations which make one forget about the stress and worries of life. The hikes in Kashmir offer adventurers to go on a self-discovery trip through nature's lap over the mountains while taking in the breathtaking scenery that surrounds them on their journey. In addition to the hikes, there are many thrilling adventure activities, like rock climbing, rope climbing, etc. Trekking across the region of mountains and lakes will allow you to experience living in the "Paradise on Earth," and you wouldn't want to return to your regular life after that.
The following are some of the finest hiking destinations in Kashmir:
#1: Kashmir Great Lakes Trek: You will be transported to a heavenly and unseen aspect of Kashmir on the Kashmir Great Lakes Trek. In addition to three high-altitude passes and five river valley crossings, this is the only trip in the Himalayas that includes seven alpine lakes, each of which is a stunning shade of green, blue, or turquoise. The extravagance is limitless and breathtakingly stunning every day: infinite blue sky, a larger-than-life backdrop of the Rocky Mountains, colourful meadows overflowing with wildflowers, river crossings are just a few examples of what you will encounter during the trek.
You will be transported to a heavenly and unseen aspect of Kashmir on the Kashmir Great Lakes Trek. | Photo by prayer flags on Unsplash
#2: Sonamarg-Vishansar-Bandipora Trek: The Sonamarg-Vishansar-Bandipora trek is a one-of-a-kind experience that provides a glimpse into Kashmir's undiscovered regions. Sonamarg, famously known as the Meadows of Gold, is the starting point for this fascinating journey that is the perfect experience for anyone looking to get away from the frantic tourist rush. This trek is a fascinating journey that allows nature enthusiasts to bask in the splendour of nature's grandeur. The trek goes over many high mountain passes, some as high as 4000 metres in elevation. The hiking route, in addition to providing breathtaking views of the magnificent Vishansar Lake, provides visitors with the chance to see more than 50 alpine lakes.
Sonamarg, famously known as the Meadows of Gold, is the starting point for this fascinating journey. | Photo by YASER NABI MIR on Unsplash
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#3: Tral-Narastan-Marsar Trek: The Tral-Narastan-Marsar trek is filled with a range of exciting experiences from beginning to end. The hiking trail passes past a waving saffron field, beautiful meadows, and several streams. The path also crosses the Dachigam National Park, where there is an opportunity to see various animal species. Trekkers may take in spectacular views of the high mountains running parallel to them as they cut and pass through Narastan, a Hindu pilgrimage place.
The Tral-Narastan-Marsar trek is filled with a range of exciting experiences from beginning to end. | Wikimedia Commons
#4: Chhatargul-Mahlish-Gangabal: The journey, which passes through beautiful locations such as Chattargul, Mahlish, Kolsar, and Trunkul, provides a peek into an utterly uninhabited wilderness of Kashmir. There are lakes and meadows adorned with flowers along the route as one trek into the alpine wilderness. Trekkers can also enjoy fishing in the crystal clear lakes, camping, or just seeing towering snow-capped mountains while on their journey.
There are lakes and meadows adorned with flowers along the route as one treks into the alpine wilderness. | Wikimedia Commons
#5: Kolahoi Base Camp Trek: The Kolahoi Base Camp trek in Kashmir has been famous since the early 1900s and has been a goal for many seasoned hikers from across the world. While Srinagar serves as the beginning point for the trip, it is in Aru Valley that the actual hiking begins. The Kolahoi Base Camp Trek is a gentle adventure that is ideal for novices and families with children. The breathtaking sight of the peaks rising into the sky on the horizon of the Pirpanjal and Karakoram ranges is certainly worth capturing. It is considered to be one of the most popular treks in the Kashmir valley.
The Kolahoi Base Camp Trek is a gentle adventure that is ideal for novices and families with children. | Wikimedia Commons
Kashmir's natural splendour, with its beautiful valleys and towering mountains, is really unlike anywhere. Trekking through various valleys and peaks while taking in the scenic beauty is something that always calms the heart and provides us with memories that we will remember for a lifetime.
Keywords: Kashmir, Lakes, Alpine, Hiking, Trekking, Treks, Sonamarg, Gangabal, Kolahoi, Chhatargul, Mahlish, Tral, Narastan, Marsar
The Pitru Paksha starts after the Full Moon day, and this day marks the beginning of the waning phase of the Lunar cycle. This event is roughly of 15-day period, and is of great significance. From this day, rituals like Tarpan or Tarpanam and Shradh are carried out to pay respects to dead relatives and ancestors.
It is believed that from the very first day till the last day, the unhappy souls of the deceased return to the Earth to see their family members. So, in order to ensure that the dead attain Moksha, i.e. to get liberation, family members of these souls quench their thirst and satisfy their hunger by performing the Pind Daan, which includes offering food consisting of cooked rice and black sesame seeds. The literal meaning of Pind Daan is the act of satisfying those who no longer exist physically.
For fifteen days, prayers are offered in temples and rituals are performed to help the souls get free from the cycle of birth, life, and death, and attain salvation.
At the same time, the Pitru Paksha is also an important period for people with Pitru Dosha, which means the curse imposed by the ancestors. Hence, in order to ask forgiveness, people perform Shradh rituals and offer food to the crows, who are considered as living beings that represent the dead. It is believed, if the crow eats the offered food, the ancestors are happy and pleased. But, if the crow doesn't eat the offered food and flies away, the ancestors are not happy.
The event of Pitru Paksha is widely observed by Hindus from all over the world, and they perform prayers and rituals in order to gain their ancestors blessings.