Bollywood actors Irrfan Khan and Rishi Kapoor’s left for heavenly adobe in April last year. Now, the 74th British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) paid tributes to the late actors in their ‘In Memorium’ segment during Sunday night's ceremony.
Chadwick Boseman, Sean Connery, Kirk Douglas, Ian Holm, and Barbara Windsor, George Segal, Christopher Plummer were some of the other actors who were honoured at the event on Sunday (April 11). BAFTA honoured over 40 artists from the world of entertainment in their In Memorium segment last night.
The video started with a tribute to Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Irrfan’s name was accompanied by a dialogue from his 2012 Hollywood film “Life Of Pi”.
Meanwhile, fans were left emotional as they took to social media to express their feelings on seeing the two Indian stars get honoured by the academy.
"So saddened to see that wonderful actor Irrfan Khan died this year. He was terrific in The Lunchbox a few years ago. Wonderful actor," wrote a fan. "My heart when seeing Irrfan and Rishi Kapoor is the memoriam segment," wrote another.
Rishi Kapoor’s death
In 2018, Rishi Kapoor was diagnosed with cancer for the first time, following which the actor was in New York for nearly a year to undergo treatment. He returned to India in September 2019 after recovering.
However, the actor faced a cancer relapse and succumbed to death. Rishi is survived by his wife Neetu Kapoor and kids Ranbir Kapoor and Riddhima Kapoor Sahani.
Irrfan Khan’s death
In a career span of 32-years, Irrfan Khan made a quintessential debut in Bollywood with a feature film - Salaam Bombay! It was an unusual and one of a kind attempt that decided his fate for years to come and laid the foundation of an actor who would lead to being one of the critically acclaimed actors of all time.
Irrfan Khan passed away on April 29, 2020, after a two-year-long battle with cancer. He even shot for his last film ‘Angrezi Medium’ which released just before the lockdown was imposed in the country.
BAFTA, hosted by Edith Bowman and Dermot O’Leary, offered their condolences to the Royal household on the loss of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, who passed away on April 9.