Irrfan Khan, on Wednesday, brought the entire nation together as it mourned the demise of the versatile actor sidelining all the discussion about the novel coronavirus pandemic and its increasing toll. He took his last breath at the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani hospital today, after being admitted to its Intensive Care Unit (ICU) due to colon infection on Tuesday. His versatility in Hindi cinema is well known, but a few know, his first dream was to become a cricketer.
Irrfan Khan was selected for the prestigious CK Nayudu trophy, he was an all-rounder, but could not pursue his dream due to shortage of money. In other words, in a country filled with cricket fanatics, it might just come across another failure in the sport but to be selected for the coveted trophy itself tells a lot about his cricketing abilities.
Irrfan Khan: I couldn’t have asked for Rs 600, that time I decided I cannot pursue it
“I played cricket. I wanted to become a cricketer. I was an all-rounder and the youngest one in my team in Jaipur. I wanted to make a career out of it. I was selected for the CK Nayudu tournament I think and then I needed money and didn’t know who to ask. That day I decided I cannot pursue it. I couldn’t have asked for Rs 600 at that time,” Irrfan said in an interview to The Telegraph India.
“I needed Rs 300 for National School of Drama, which was difficult for me. My sister finally got it for me,” he added.
Irrfan Khan won several laurels for his acting. He was honoured with the Padma Shri award, the fourth highest civilian award in 2011 while his role in biographical drama Paan Singh Tomar garnered him the National Award for Best Actor.