Sutapa Sikdar is an Indian film producer, dialogue writer, and screenplay writer best known as the wife of the famous Bollywood actor, Irrfan Khan. Irrfan Khan was an Indian actor who worked in Hindi Cinema as well as British and American films. Irrfan Khan died on 29th April 2020 at age 53 from colon infection four days after his mother’s (Saeeda Begum) death on April 25 in Jaipur his publicist said.
Sutapa Sikdar Biography
Sutapa Sikdar was born in Delhi on 18th September 1967. She is 52 years old. She did her schooling from Kendriya Vidyalaya, Andrews Ganj, New Delhi. In 1987 she joined the National School of Drama, Delhi. Sutapa was born in an Assamese Hindu family and her fathers’ name is Devendra Sikdar.
Sutapa Sikdar Career
Sutapa is a film dialogue writer herself with films like Khamoshi, Shabd, and Kahaani to her credit. She later turned producer with Madaari (2016) and Qarib Qarib Singlle (2017), both starring Irrfan in the lead.
Sutapa Sikdar Marriage to Irrfan Khan
Irrfan and Sutapa Sikdar met as classmates at the National School of Drama (NSD). The couple married in February 1995. According to IndiaToday, they celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary this year. Irrfan was a very promising student, and Mira Nair (Indian Filmmaker based in the U.S) who was at NSD in 1986 while she was casting for Salaam Bombay, would vouch for that. “I noticed his focus, his intensity, his very remarkable look, his hooded eyes,” Mira has said to Anees Chhabra for his book Irrfan Khan, The Man, The Dreamer, The Star.
Irrfan and Sutapa fell in love and the love was filed by their love for cinema and art. Mira Nair’s visit to NSD helped Irrfan land his big movie break in Salaam Bombay where he was to play a street kid, Salim. However, his role was changed because Mira thought he didn’t look like a malnourished kid from the streets. Irrfan had a blink-and-you-miss cameo of sorts in Salaam Bombay instead; he played a typist. He was heartbroken, and Sutapa was there through it all.
The couple got married on February 23, 1995, completing 25 years of marriage this year. In all these years they’ve endured several high and lows, both professionally and personally. Before his success, Irrfan had not-so-successful Bollywood films before Vishal Bhardwaj’s Maqbool (2003) and Mira Nair’s The Namesake (2006) turned things around for him. Not many people would recognize Sutapa Sikdar at film events even if they were to spot her. She’d always accompany Irrfan but remained a little away from the direct spotlight. She was in fact, writing his dialogue, actively helping him in his work and at home through their 25 years of marriage. Theirs was a love of another kind. Together they had two sons Babil and Ayan.
Irrfan Khan Career
Born Sahabzade Irfan Ali Khan in the Indian desert state of Rajasthan on January 7, 1967, Khan discovered an early passion for acting and studied at the elite National School of Drama. However, his training in Shakespeare and Chekhov did little to ease his entry into the Hindi film industry, which was largely focused at the time on churning out formulaic song-and-dance blockbusters. After his role in 1988’s Salaam Bombay was slashed to a cameo he sobbed for hours when he found out about the cuts, he told India’s Open magazine. “it changed something within me. I was prepared for anything after that,” he said. Khan won India’s national award for his performance in Paan Singh Tomar and he was also awarded Padma Shri, one of the country’s highest civilian honors. He was among the first Indian actors to make a consistent mark in Western Cinema, following earlier crossovers pioneers like Saeed Jaffrey, Roshan Seth, and Om Puri. Some of Irrfan Khan’s hits included Slumdog Millionaire, Life of Pi, The Amazing Spider-man, Inferno, and Jurassic World. Such appearances made him carve out a stellar career in Hollywood as well, where he collaborated with Oscar-winning directors such as Danny Boyle and Ang Lee and appeared in the HBO show In Treatment.
Irrfan Khan Illness and Death
In 2018, Irrfan was diagnosed with a neuroendocrine tumor, which turned their lives around once again. Irrfan went off to London for treatment with his family by his side, and his thriving film career put on hold. In March 2018, right after Irrfan’s diagnosis, Sutapa had called Irrfan a warrior in a social media post, ” My best friend and my partner is a warrior he is fighting every obstacle with tremendous grace and beauty. I apologize for not answering calls msgs, but I want all of you to know I am truly humbled indebted forever for the wishes prayers and concern from all over the world. I am grateful to god and my partner for making me a warrior too. I am at present focused in the strategies of the battlefield which I have to conquer. It wasn’t and isn’t and is not going to be easy but the hope ignited by the magnitude of family, friends, and fans of Irrfan has made me only optimistic and almost sure of the victory. I know curiosity germinates from concern but let’s turn our curiosity from what it is to what it should be. Let’s change the leaf. Let’s not waste our precious energies to only know what it is and just pray to make it what it should be. My humble request to all of you is to concentrate on the song of life, to dance of life to victory. My family will soon join in this dance of life. Thank you all from the bottom of our heart .Sutapa Irrfan Babil Ayaan.” She said in a long Facebook post.
After a year of treatment, Irrfan got back to India and finished work on Angrezi Medium, which now stands as his last on-screen performance. On Tuesday, April 18, he was admitted to the ICU and on Wednesday, April 29, he breathed his last. The whole of cinema fraternity Bollywood and Hollywood along with millions of fans across the globe are still grappling with the loss. His Publicist said, “Irrfan was a strong soul, someone who fought till the very end and always inspired everyone who came close to him.”
Different personalities have come forward to condole with the family. India Prime Minister, Narendra Modi said in a Twitter post, ” Irrfan Khan’s demise is a loss to the world of cinema and theatre. He will be remembered for his versatile performances across different mediums. My thoughts are with his family, friends and admirers. May his soul rest in peace.”
Irrfan Khan’s demise is a loss to the world of cinema and theatre. He will be remembered for his versatile performances across different mediums. My thoughts are with his family, friends and admirers. May his soul rest in peace.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 29, 2020
Kamal Haasan an Indian Film actor tweeted, ” Too soon to leave @irrfank Ji. Your work always left me in awe. You’re one of the finest actors I know, I wish you stayed longer. You deserved more time. Strength to the family at this time.”
Too soon to leave @irrfank Ji. Your work always left me in awe. You’re one of the finest actors I know, I wish you stayed longer. You deserved more time. Strength to the family at this time.
— Kamal Haasan (@ikamalhaasan) April 29, 2020
The actor leaves behind his beautiful wife and two sons.