In an interview with a prominent publication, Babil Khan disclosed that his late father, Irrfan Khan, never acknowledged the sacrifices made by his mother, Sutapa Sikdar, to support his acting career. Babil believed that this lack of recognition from his father must have deeply affected his mother.
Irrfan Khan, born on January 7, 1967, in Rajasthan’s Tonk district, passed away on April 29, 2020, in Mumbai, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts of millions. Throughout his 30-year career, Irrfan garnered numerous awards. He participated in timeless movies such as “Lunchbox,” “Paan Singh Tomar,” “Slumdog Millionaire,” “Hindi Medium,” and more, solidifying his reputation as one of India’s greatest actors.
Irrfan Khan’s genuine and humble nature endeared him to fans, making his loss deeply personal for many.
The legacy continues through his son, Babil Khan, who is receiving immense love and support from the Bollywood community as he embarks on his acting journey.
Despite his father’s achievements, Babil revealed in a candid conversation with GQ that Irrfan Khan never acknowledged Sutapa Sikdar’s sacrifices.
Babil shared how his mother, originally an ambitious woman, gave up her dreams to care for him and his brother, Ayaan Khan, ensuring Irrfan’s uninterrupted pursuit of his dreams.
Babil emphasized that his father’s success was indebted to his mother’s support, lamenting the lack of credit she received. Babil expressed the tragic realization that his mother must have been deeply affected by sacrificing her dreams. He quoted:
“She (Sutapa Sikdar) sacrificed her career to raise us and ensure Baba’s work continued uninterrupted. And let me tell you, she’s a very ambitious woman. It takes a lot to put your ambitions aside for your partner, and for your children. It must’ve killed her to do it, and yet she did. Baba was Baba because Mumma was Mumma. He’d be nothing without her. And I don’t think she gets enough credit. Not even from Baba.”
However, Babil acknowledged that during Irrfan Khan’s health struggles due to cancer-related complications, his father recognized the significant role Sutapa Sikdar played in his career. Babil revealed that it was only during this challenging period that Irrfan acknowledged his mother’s contributions to his success:
“It was only after his sickness that he acknowledged the scale of her contribution towards his success.”
Babil Khan’s reflections on his father’s oversight regarding his mother’s sacrifices prompt contemplation on the dynamics of recognition within their family.