Irrfan Khan started his career in 1988 with Mira Nair's film Salaam Bombay. However, the following few years his career did not pan out the way he wanted. Things changed for the actor in the early 2000s when he started getting better projects and even played some brilliant roles in the west. Though he did not do films in the South barring one Telugu film, the actor is fondly remembered by every Indian artist from the film industry. He was also part of the Bollywood debut of Malayalam actors Dulquer Salmaan and Parvathy in Karwaan and Qarib Qarib Single respectively.
As the country mourns his loss, several artists from the South Film industry took to social media to express their grief and share their memories with him
A sad and huge loss to our film fraternity. A great and natural actor who was loved by audiences across the world. I had the pleasure of sharing a stage with him for an event and I remember the conversations and warmth we shared.
RIP Irrfan. pic.twitter.com/UW4ceKEoCc
— Mammootty (@mammukka) April 29, 2020
Deeply saddened by the news of #IrrfanKhan's untimely demise. A brilliant actor gone too soon. He will be truly missed... My heartfelt condolences to his family and loved ones. RIP ????????
— Mahesh Babu (@urstrulyMahesh) April 29, 2020
Too soon to leave @irrfank Ji. Your work always left me in awe. You’re one of the finest actors I know, I wish you stayed longer. You deserved more time. Strength to the family at this time.
— Kamal Haasan (@ikamalhaasan) April 29, 2020
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Can’t wrap my head around this. You were this humongous talent, a living legend, an international movie star. And yet, you treated all of us on Karwaan and everyone you met, as equals. By some ease of your nature, you made us all feel like family. You were kind, witty, charming, curious, inspired, compassionate and always fun. I observed you the entire time like a student and a fan. Thanks to you, all through shoot I had a constant smile plastered on my face. I laughed endlessly, struggled to keep a straight face,and so often stared at you in absolute awe. In return you always had that grin. That amused grin at the world. Almost like it surprised you at all times. It’s how I’ll always remember you. ???? #thehappiestofsouls
Heartbroken by the news, what a great talent and a wonderful human being we have lost. I will always remember his kind words to me. There is a better place and I know he is there. My deepest condolences to his family and dear ones. May his soul rest in peace
— Dhanush (@dhanushkraja) April 29, 2020
Woke up to more tragedy and shock today???? Rip #IrrfanKhan
I feel happy to have shared screen space with you.Your body of work,talent and dignity never failed to amaze https://t.co/uJpHUyueBv and strength to your family.
— Trish (@trishtrashers) April 29, 2020
— Nivin Pauly (@NivinOfficial) April 29, 2020
— Prithviraj Sukumaran (@PrithviOfficial) April 29, 2020
The world of cinema has lost a crowned jewel. One of the most exceptional actors and the film industry will definitely miss the legend. May your soul rest in peace, Irrfan Khan ji. pic.twitter.com/qaBYTfr3xN
— Ram Charan (@AlwaysRamCharan) April 29, 2020
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Rest in peace ...gone too soon .. you will be terribly terribly missed .. an actor who will always shine in our hearts and generations to come ..strength and prayers to the family .....????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????u are truly loved ,adored and missed