“Unmasking the Secret of Irrfan Khan’s Seductive Charm,” was the buzz in the capital as Shubhra Gupta, the renowned critic and author, rolled out her new book, “Irrfan Khan: A Life in Movies.” An air of anticipation swelled as Sutapa Sikdar, the late actor’s better half, held the audience captive with her personal anecdotes and revelations about the iconic Haider actor’s irresistible allure.
As Sutapa stepped into the spotlight, she exuded a sense of calm confidence that was just the right match for her husband’s. She was the perfect person to peel back the layers of the beloved actor’s allure. Tackling a question about what made Irrfan such a heart-throb, Sutapa’s response was a revelation. Forget the conventional ‘tough guy’ image. She said it was his tender vulnerability that got the ladies’ hearts racing. Reflecting on their time at the National School of Drama, Sutapa fondly remembered how Irrfan’s raw sex appeal was a magnet, drawing many admiring glances.
But what made Irrfan so irresistible to women, according to Sutapa, was his heartfelt respect for them and his uncanny ability to build genuine rapport with his co-stars. This, she said, was an undeniable turn-on. She also let slip that some women couldn’t help but swoon over Dharmendra’s charisma as well.
Wrapping up her heartfelt sharing, Sutapa was firm in her belief that true allure lay in a man’s ability to be sensitive and understanding. These were traits she said Irrfan Khan carried in spades.
The book also dives deep into the professional relationship between Irrfan and the talented actress, Tabu. While most actors were more than willing to share their two cents, Tabu’s silence spoke volumes. As it turns out, the actress declined to participate, explaining that she was still nursing a broken heart, which left her at a loss for words. This was a disappointment to Shubhra Gupta, who believed the Irrfan-Tabu duo was pivotal in creating magical moments in flicks like “The Namesake,” “Haider,” “Maqbool,” and “Life of Pi.”
In a bittersweet ending, the article reflects on the untimely passing of Irrfan Khan in April 2020, following a battle with a colon infection. His remarkable cinematic legacy and the enigmatic charm he was famed for continue to be cherished by fans across the world.