Mumbai gets a new Irrfan to remember the ace actor by: A huge mural in Bandra

Mumbai gets a new Irrfan to remember the ace actor by: A huge mural in Bandra

A day after Irrfan’s demise, the Bollywood Art Project (BAP), an urban public art project, which uses walls of Mumbai to celebrate icons of Hindi cinema, got into action. They paid tribute to the ace actor with a mural at Waroda Road in Bandra.

Interestingly, the mural is only a few hundred meters away from the house of Saajan Fernandes, the character that Irrfan played in Ritesh Batra’s acclaimed film, The Lunchbox. The black-and-white mural focuses on the actor’s eyes, which were loved by his fans for conveying emotions with an authentic intensity.

“He was one of my favourite actors,” said BAP founder, artist and communication designer Ranjit Dahiya. “I thought I should pay some tribute to the legend, a true artist.”

Dahiya browsed the internet for the actor’s images and settled on one which he felt highlighted his “charm, romanticism, mystery and the gentleman” he was.

Dahiya, then picked a house, which earlier held his mural of Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the avatar of Manjhi, the character he played in Ketan Mehta’s Manjhi – The Mountain Man. According to Dahiya, the owner of the house was game for a new artwork of Irrfan, as he was one of his favourite actors too.

Irrfan passed away at the age of 53 on April 29 in Mumbai. The actor was admitted to the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital on Tuesday, where he took his last breath. Irrfan’s death was mourned by his fans, celebrities, politicians and sportspersons

Rohith Kukkadapu

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