They had been identified in latest instances because the archrivals of Good Cinema, a male model of the well-known Shabana-Smita rivalry.

However Nawazuddin, heartbroken in quarantine to listen to of Irrfan Khan’s dying, says he can’t perceive the place the rivalry tales got here from.

“Irrfan Bhai was my mentor. He was like an elder brother, and he remained one until the top. Folks appear to suppose we got here collectively for Lunchbox. However our relationship went again a great distance. In 2000 Irrfan Bhai directed me in an hour-long movie titled Alvida. It’s considered one of my greatest movies. I ponder why he by no means directed after that. As a result of Irrfan Bhai had the clear-headed focus of a born director.”

Their affiliation goes again a great distance. Says Nawaz, “We additionally labored collectively in a brief movie known as Bypass which had Asif Kapadia(who directed Irrfan Bhai in Warrior) as a producer, after which in 2013 in a movie known as Meridian Line….Working with Irrfan Bhai was at all times a pleasure. I thought of him as my mentor and my elder brother. This relationship of respect remained unchanged till his dying, though throughout Lunchbox we had been made out to be rivals.”

Nawaz says that was extremely embarrassing for him. “I at all times appeared as much as him as a mentor. To be pitched in opposition to him as a rival was not proper. Fortunately it didn’t have an effect on our private equation. I continued to be in contact with him throughout his sickness. His finish has left me shocked concerning the uncertainty of life. I’ll at all times cherish Irrfan Bhai’s as a human being and an actor. He was past good in Haasil, The Namesake, and Maqbool. He by no means appeared to behave. You by no means caught him out ACTING. He had such an extended approach to go. Why did this need to occur to him? I’ve seen my sister endure and die of most cancers. I do know what it does to the whole household. I want Irrfan Bhai peace in heaven and his household the energy to hold on. I’ll miss him.”