The rapper-turned-actor was named Best Actor for his performance in the Amazon Prime film Sound Of Metal (2021).
Riz Ahmed remembers Irrfan Khan in Gotham Awards acceptance speech
Mumbai - 13 Jan 2021 16:00 IST
Riz Ahmed, who was chosen Best Actor at the 30th annual Gotham Awards on Monday night, remembered Irrfan Khan in his acceptance speech. The ceremony was a hybrid event with a mix of physical and virtual speeches taking place in New York City.
Ahmed plays drummer Reuben Stone who is losing his hearing in the Amazon Prime feature directed by Darius Marder. In his acceptance speech, he singled out Khan and Black Panther (2019) actor Chadwick Boseman as those whose deaths had an impact on him last year.
“I also want to mention Irrfan Khan, the great, tremendous actor who we lost this year whose words ring in my ears right now in these uncertain times." he said. "One of his words I always think of is surrender to the dance of uncertainty.”
. @rizwanahmed who won the best actor award for #SoundOfMetal at the Gotham Awards, remembers #ChadwickBoseman and #IrrfanKhan, and quotes Irrfan's words..'surrender to the dance of uncertainty.'— CinemaRare (@CinemaRareIN) January 13, 2021
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Last April, after Khan’s untimely death, Ahmed had paid tribute to his legacy, writing: A true artist who spanned Bollywood and Hollywood and was acclaimed in both. His words in a letter to a newspaper about his illness are a reminder of his beautiful mind and of life’s fragility. His work will live on.
If you've not seen his work, watch The Lunchbox or The Warrior. A true artist who spanned Bollywood and Hollywood and was acclaimed in both. His words in a letter to a newspaper about his illness are a reminder of his beautiful mind and of life’s fragility. His work will live on.— Riz Ahmed (@rizwanahmed) April 29, 2020
Ahmed and Khan never acted in any projects together, but the rapper-turned-actor has often cited the Indian actor as an inspiration in his interviews.