Pakistani television host and politician from Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party Aamir Liaquat Hussain, has invited ire on social media, courtesy his insensitive comments on Irrfan Khan and Sridevi’s death. In an interview with Pakistani star Adnan Siddiqui, he stated how whoever he worked with, in India, has died so far.
Hussain in an interaction with Siddiqui jokingly lauded the latter for rejecting films like Jism and Mardaani 2, adding that his decision saved the lives of Rani Mukerji and Bipasha Basu. However, after working with Sridevi in Mom and Irrfan in A Mighty Heart the actors died.
Adnan immediately snapped back stating that he didn’t find it funny. Netizens mocked Aamir for his disgusting statements and were enraged as to how could the audience in the studio even clap at his remarks.
Adnan Siddiqui featured as Sridevi’s husband in her last film Mom. He is also a close friend to Irrfan, as the duo made their Hollywood debut together in 2007 film A Mighty Heart, starring Angelina Jolie.
Adnan shared his take on social media post his interaction, calling it worse than "below the belt". He also apologised to the family members of the late actors.
Aamir also apologised for his comments that received flak on social media.
Upon Irrfan's death, he penned down an emotional post for Khan on Instagram. ““Inna Lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji'un”..... "Verily we belong to God, and verily to Him do we return."!
He wrote, "Disturbed and gutted!! A fine soul gone too soon. I had the honour of first meeting Irrfan as a co-star on the sets of ‘A Mighty Heart.’ For one of the scenes after learning his lines I saw him doing the scene again and again which left me puzzled. I asked him, Irrfan Sahab ye kya kar rahe hain aap? He replied- We’re both playing CID agents which means we’ll be showing our ID cards everywhere. I’m practicising the scene so I don’t look clumsy while showing the ID card. And that was the first time I realised what a fine actor he was.
We’d become friends on the sets and used to hang out together after the shoot.
I remember for another scene, he wanted to know a word in Urdu used commonly in Pakistan and he asked me. He was a great actor but didn’t shy away from learning and perfecting his art.
One of the evenings, he shared an incident where him and his friend got the role of an extra actor in James Bond series “Octopussy” which was shot in India. But because they cycled to the set, they were late and the shoot was over. He told me since then he wanted to do a Hollywood movie. Our careers in Hollywood started together, but he proved his mettle and conquered the fort.
In 2018 while attending IPPA in London. I found out that he was in London, though he wasn’t meeting anyone he agreed to meet me.
We had a long chat about movies and world in general. He looked so positive. His last words were- “Adnan, I’ll be fine very soon and I’ll be back. InshAllah”! Who knew today, I would be penning this note.
Condolences and strength to his family. Irrfan, you will be missed a lot. Rest in peace my friend.”
Irrfan Khan died on Wednesday due to colon infection. He was 53. Khan is survived by his wife Sutapa Sikdar and sons Babil and Ayan.