"I guess I have just found the ‘Book of Eli’."
Irrfan Khan’s son Babil has revealed his discovery of a book full of acting notes written by his late father.
Babil Khan told his fans about the discovery on Tuesday, March 23, 2021.
Khan shared a video to his Instagram account of him looking through his father’s notes, written in a diary which he calls the ‘Book of Eli’.
Inside the video’s caption, Babil Khan included some of the notes that his established actor father had left.
He also mentioned that he remembers giving his father the book when he was a child.
Khan’s post came on Tuesday, March 23, 2021.
The caption read:
“I just found this book in Baba’s cupboard that I had given him when I was like 12 (he used to hate it when I used to call him ‘Dad’ but whilst puberty global westernisation was beginning to ripen)
“He had been writing notes on acting for me in it that I think he was going to teach me after film school, so I guess I have just found the ‘Book of Eli’.
“I’ll share with you the first few notes cause I want you to think I’m nice:”
Babil Khan then went on to list a few of the acting notes given to him by his late father Irrfan Khan.
“1. The intent – general but specific emotion like displacement, if you are unable to identify with a specific situation.
“2. The text is holy in context e.g. the woman in the man, self-pity, sexual politics etc.
“3. Follow the action of the text sincerely and the required emotion will arise – the intention of the lines are to tell a story and not to pass information.
“4. Drama has to be created, it cannot be represented or portrayed like a fact.”
However, Babil Khan also expressed his confusion at his father’s notes. He said:
“If you don’t understand some things, welcome to the club :* (I’m here feeling like I’m decrypting hyroglifics from scratch. The rest is SO confusing, can’t even ask him.)”
Messages of love and support from fans followed Babil Khan’s Instagram post.
One wrote: “What a beautiful keepsake Babil.”
Another said: “Your dad was my biggest motivation.”
Since Irrfan Khan’s death, Babil Khan has shared regular posts dedicated to his father, featuring old photos and memories.
Irrfan Khan died following a two-year battle with a neuroendocrine tumour in April 2020.