The Loss of Two Bollywood Legends

Jashima Wadehra (@jashimaw)

Do you remember watching the movie? The goosebumps on your arms, the tears in the corner of our eyes, the laughter coming from so deep in our bellies? These are the effects of great performers. 

The way they talk, the way they imitate. The way they imagine, emote and convey. They tell stories we see ourselves in and expose us to ones we’ve never heard of. They make us fall in love. We associate our memories with the year a movie comes out, or create memories using its soundtrack. That is the magic of film. 

The world lost two legends in 48 hours, actors  Irrfan Khan and Rishi Kapoor, who passed due to complications of health conditions. From The 'Namesake,' to 'Life in A Metro' and 'Slumdog Millionaire,' Irfan graced the screens of homes and theaters across the world. Many of us have shared the sentiment “this will be a great movie, Irrfan is in it.”

From being the heartthrob hero for our parents' generation to the grandfather figure we have fallen in love with, Rishi Kapoor’s impact and career seems impossible to put into words. To think our parents used to play songs from the film 'Bobby' over the weekends, or how so many of us used to quote the lines from 'Amar, Akbar, Anthony' perfectly, it feels just like yesterday we were rejoicing with the Bollywood star.

The arts have suffered a loss and our well wishes lie with the family and community. We’ll be re-watching our favorites all weekend long. 

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