In Riz Ahmed’s Gotham Awards Best Actor Speech, Irrfan Khan’s Lesson to Son Babil


A memento of the late actor Irrfan Khan and his son Babil (courtesy babil.i.k)


  • “Surrender to the dance of uncertainty,” Irrfan had told Babil.
  • Irrfan Khan died at the age of 53 last April.
  • After Irrfan’s death, Riz Ahmed had dedicated a note to the late actor.

New Delhi:

In a poignant moment, Irrfan Khan was invoked at the Gotham Awards held in New York yesterday. British star Riz Ahmed, winner of the Best Actor award for his performance in Sound of metal, referenced the late star who was claimed for cancer last year. In his winning speech, Riz cited a lesson from Irrfan Khan to his son Babil: “Surrender to the dance of uncertainty.” Irrfan died at the age of 53 last April after a fierce battle with cancer. In her eulogy, actor Sutapa Sikdar’s wife wrote that He had asked his sons Babil and Ayaan to summarize what they had learned from their father. Babil’s words were these: “Learn to surrender to the dance of uncertainty and trust your faith in the universe” – read his post here.

Journalist Anne Thompson tweeted: “At the Gotham Awards, when Riz Ahmed accepted Best Actor for Sound Of Metal, he quoted Irrfan Khan,” who we lost this year, his words: ‘surrender to the dance of uncertainty.’ It feels like an unstable time. If we can stagger together, we can find ourselves dancing. “

Riz Ahmed, who plays an Oscar drummer with Pointed Sound of metal, shared this when Irrfan Khan died last year: “Rest in peace, one of our best actors of our time, Irrfan Khan. I never met him, but he was an inspiration and a hero to me and millions of people. His work was consistently transcendent, he was a guiding light for many of us.


For those who are not familiar with Irrfan’s work, Riz’s recommendations were to look at The lunch box and The warrior. “A true artist who spanned Bollywood and Hollywood and was acclaimed in both,” Riz tweeted.

Riz Ahmed was on the Best Actor list at the Gotham Awards in August; Nominees included Jude Law and the late actor Chadwick Boseman, to whom the awards dedicated a special tribute. Other winners included Nomadland, the series Watchmen and Penetration actor Kingsley Ben-Adir.


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