Entrepreneur-actor Sachiin Joshi who is currently stranded in Dubai is unable to come to terms with the death of two acting stalwarts in two days.
“It’s like a nightmare for our film industry. Two of the best actors leaving us one after another. I’m a big fan of Irrfan Khan and Rishi Kapoor. Please note, I speak about them in the present tense. For me they will always be alive,” says Sachiin.
The full-time entrepreneur and part-time actor did get achance to work with Irrfan. “I co-produced Jazbaa in 2015 only so I could get to work with Irrfan. We made sure it was one of his slickest films ever , as he was always associated with the more realistic kind of cinema . We designed Jazbaa as a fast-paced glamorous thriller and for a change, Irrfan played a sophisticated investigative officer with the very beautiful and glamorous Aishwarya Rai Bachchan as his co-star.”
Sachiin feels an actor like Irrfan need not be pigeon-holed. “He could play raw or slick, rich or poor. He was illimitably versatile and it was a privilege to interact with him. He was one of the most well-informed and intelligent actors I’ve known. And we spoke on many subjects. His interests stretched far beyond cinema.”
As for Rishi Kapoor, Sachiin was thinking of approaching him for a film. “But fate had other plans. I really wanted to work with Rishiji.He was an actor who brings alive even the ‘deadest’ of scripts. A rarity. Why did we have to lose two such phenomenal actors within two days?”