You must be familiar with the late legendary actor Irrfan Khan, but did you know that his eldest son, Babil Khan, is also an Indian actor and filmmaker? In this article, we will share some lesser-known facts about Babil Khan.
Early Life and Education
Babil Khan was born on September 27, 1997, in Mumbai, India, making him 25 years old as of 2023. He completed his schooling at Tridha School in Mumbai and later pursued a degree in film at the University of Westminster in London. During the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, Babil was stranded in London due to his studies, and his mother, Sutapa Sikdar, took to social media to request the Indian government’s help in bringing back students studying abroad.
Babil Khan’s Family
Babil Khan is the eldest son of the late Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan and Sutapa Sikdar. Growing up, he was exposed to a creative and artistic environment with a father who was one of the most celebrated actors in Indian cinema and a mother who is a screenwriter, producer, and dialogue writer. Babil has a younger brother named Ayaan Khan, and he was very close to his father.
Irrfan Khan’s Health and Demise
Irrfan Khan was diagnosed with a neuroendocrine tumor in 2018 and underwent treatment that included chemotherapy. Sadly, he passed away in 2020, leaving behind a legacy of exceptional acting and storytelling. After his father’s untimely death, Babil shared emotional posts on his social media accounts, paying tribute to his father’s memory. He has been open about his grief and the impact of losing his father at such a young age.
In 2022, after sharing a photo of Irrfan Khan on his death anniversary, Babil Khan captioned a lengthy Instagram post,
“Dearly beloved baba, I’m trying to remember what scent you wore when we went to Norway to watch the lights dance. I recall the sensation of your perfume but not its materiality. I recall the sensation on my fingertips as you spread my hands to tell me my fortunes, but the thought of the playful pressure on my nostrils frightens me. I have begged and pleaded with the heavens to keep my body from forgetting since my spirit is not yet ready to surrender. I’m not ready to go on, and I’m okay with the chance that I never will be; we were never ruled by logic.”
Babil Khan’s father is a Muslim and his mom is a Hindu. Babil Khan said in an interview,
‘but I was raised as a man without a religion.’ I’ve celebrated holidays like Diwali, Holi, and Raksha Bandhan, as well as going to church.’
Babil Khan’s Career
Babil Khan, following in his father’s footsteps, pursued acting and filmmaking. He made his acting debut in the Netflix movie Qala, a coming-of-age story directed by Anvitaa Dutt, where he played the male lead and received critical acclaim. Qala, produced by Karnesh Sharma’s Clean Slate Films and featuring actresses Swastika Mukherjee and Tripti Dimri, was one of the most trending movies on Netflix in 2022.
Babil also starred in the Hindi film The Railway Men, alongside actors Kay Kay Menon, R. Madhavan, and Divyendu Sharma, which was scheduled for release in 2022.
In addition to acting, Babil has worked as an assistant director on the sets of his father’s movies, Hindi Medium and Angrezi Medium.
Awards And Recognition
At the 66th Vimal Elaichi Filmfare Awards, Babil accepted two awards on behalf of his late father Irrfan Khan, one for Best Actor in a Leading Role for Angrezi Medium and one for Lifetime Achievement. Babil has expressed his desire to become a filmmaker in the future and hopes to make movies that have a lasting impact on audiences.
Babil Khan’s Girlfriend
Babil Khan has a girlfriend named Yulia, according to rumors, and he shared a funny video and two images with her on Instagram to wish her a happy birthday.
Lesser-known facts about Babil Khan
Babil is a talented athlete and was a football player for his school team. He is a style icon with over 300k followers on Instagram, loves playing the guitar, and wants to become a musician.
He enjoys traveling and has shared numerous pictures of himself hiking and camping in different parts of the world on his Instagram account.
Babil is fluent in Hindi, English, and Kashmiri and enjoys sporting wristbands. His hobbies include reading, photography, and writing. He appeared in the English short film The Mattress Man: A Yawn to Action in 2021, and he selects his movie roles carefully.
Sources suggest that Babil has several projects lined up for release in 2023, including The Bells, directed by Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury, in which he plays the lead role. The movie is a remake of the Spanish film The Invisible Guest. Babil hopes to leave a lasting impact on audiences through his work, whether it be acting or filmmaking.