Tigmanshu Dhulia recalls how Irrfan Khan believed his Haasil character ‘will be remembered like Sholay’s Gabbar Singh’
Director Tigmanshu Dhulia revealed that late actor Irrfan Khan believed that his character in Haasil would be ‘remembered like Gabbar Singh’. Dhulia recalled about the late actor as his crime drama completed 18 years on Sunday (May 16). Celebrating the milestone and remembering his dear friend, Tigmanchu had shared a tweet in which he made the aforementioned revelation. An excerpt from Tigmanshu’s tweet read, “well the villain was unlike Gabbar but yes Irrfan will always be remembered.”
Portrayed by Amjad Khan, the role of Gabbar Singh in Amitabh Bachchan and Dharmendra starrer Sholay is considered as one of the most iconic villains in Hindi cinema.
Haasil…16th of May the film did wonders for us I remember doing the background score and irfan dropped in we were working on the climax he saw it said this villain will be remembered like Gabbar Singh…well the villain was unlike Gabbar but yes Irfan will always be remembered
— Tigmanshu Dhulia (@dirtigmanshu) May 16, 2021
Within a couple of hours, the tweet managed to receive an overwhelming response from netizens. The fans also remembered “iconic” dialogues of Irrfan’s Ranvijay Singh while praising the late actor for his contribution to the film. A user commented that Haasil is not just a film but “an emotion”. On the other hand, the rest of the cast members, including Ashutosh Rana and Jimmy Shergill also received a token of appreciation from the netizens.
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Haasil marked Khan and Dhulia’s first collaboration. Later, when the two again teamed up for Paan Singh Tomar, they went on to garner appreciation from the critics and the audience. With Paan Singh Tomar, Irrfan bagged his first National Award. During his acceptance speech, the late actor had said he thought that his performance in Haasil would get him a National Award.
Haasil was based on the concept of student politics in the University of Allahabad. Irrfan as Ranvijay and Ashutosh as Gaurishankar played each other’s rivals in the movie. Irrfan’s character in the 2003 film is still remembered by the cinema lovers. The actor passed away on April 29, 2020 in Mumbai. His last on-screen appearance was Homi Adajania directed Angrezi Medium.