Bollywood actor Deepika Padukone, who won the Entertainer of the year award at the Hello Hall of Fame Awards last evening, extended her prayers for the ailing Irrfan Khan. The Padmaavat star also said that people should allow the actor and his family the space that they have requested for. She also said that she has some of her most special experiences as an actor with Irrfan.
“I think we should always pray for people and their good health. If his (Irrfan’s) health is not best at this point, I think it is important for all of us to pray, not just for him, but for everyone. I always say a small little prayer for myself and everyone around. Yes, I think the last couple of weeks have been emotionally challenging, but yes, I think we all should say a little prayer,” said Deepika.
“I think like he has requested that there are times when people need to be left alone for sometime and figure their lives out... We should respect the space they have requested for and hope for the best,” The actress added.
Irrfan has been reportedly diagnosed with a rare disease and has not been working for the last few weeks. Deepika will be co-starring with Irrfan again in a film directed by Vishal Bhardwaj.
Irrfan’s family’s request for privacy is not unprecedented. The recent demise of Bollywood actress Sridevi had been covered by some sections of the media in a very untasteful manner. Baseless speculation and sensationalism dominated a number of newscasts.
Earlier Deepika herself had suffered a neck injury though she had mentioned that there is nothing to worry about. “All is good on the health front. I got so many wishes from fraternity and media. Things are back to normal and I will be starting my physiotherapy soon. There is nothing to worry about,” she had said.
Piku director and Irrfan Khan’s close friend Shoojit Sircar today confirmed that Irrfan Khan is doing fine and will issue a public statement soon. Shoojit was at the trailer launch of his upcoming film ‘October’ starring Varun Dhawan and Banita Sandhu, where the director said, “Irrfan Khan has already issued a press statement saying that please do not speculate anything. He is such a big actor. I have met him two to three times. He will again issue a statement. He will answer all your questions. He is a very nice person. I am very close to him. So, please do not worry. He is fine now. Please. I request do not speculate."
We wish Irrfan a speedy recovery.