"I will reveal what I’ve been busy with"
Babil Khan, the son of the late Irrfan Khan, has apparently teased his Bollywood debut in an Instagram post.
He shared a still from the film Maqbool featuring his father with actress Tabu.
In the photo, a young Irrfan Khan is seen bandaging Tabu’s wounded foot.
The 2004 release was based on William Shakespeare’s Macbeth and is regarded as a classic. Maqbool also starred the likes of Pankaj Kapur, Om Puri, Naseeruddin Shah and Piyush Mishra.
Alongside the photo, Babil mentioned that he would “reveal what I’ve been busy with”, seemingly hinting that he would be entering the Hindi film industry.
Babil wrote: “I know it’s been a minute.
“When my superstitions allow me to, I will reveal what I’ve been busy with, but there’s some stuff cookin’.”
Babil also explained that he is “frightened” to start his journey in Indian cinema.
He revealed that as a way to battle those fears, he looks at pictures of his father from his days at the National School of Drama in New Delhi and some of his earlier films.
Babil added: “Anyway, since I’m obviously extremely frightened on having started my journey in Indian cinema without any formal training on acting and 8 years too early, I often calm my anxieties by looking at baba’s pictures from NSD and earlier films.
“Here’s something for his fans :))”
It is not known whether Babil will make his debut as an actor or as a filmmaker.
Following his hint, Babil’s social media followers shared their excitement. While some asked what he will be doing, others sent their well-wishes.
One person said: “Can’t wait to see another legend on screen.”
Another commented: “You’ll be a natural just like your dad, I’m sure. All the best with whatever’s cookin’.”
A third wrote:
“This picture is so beautiful. Thank you for sharing and can’t wait to see you in films.”
Irrfan Khan passed away in April 2020, following a two-year battle with cancer.
His representatives issued a statement at the time:
“It’s saddening that this day, we have to bring forward the news of him passing away.
“Irrfan was a strong soul, someone who fought till the very end and always inspired everyone who came close to him.
“After having been struck by lightning in 2018 with the news of a rare cancer, he took life soon after as it came and he fought the many battles that came with it.
“Surrounded by his love, his family for whom he most cared about, he left for heaven abode, leaving behind truly a legacy of his own. We all pray and hope that he is at peace.
“And to resonate and part with his words he had said, ‘As if I was tasting life for the first time, the magical side of it’.”
Since his untimely death, Babil has been sharing throwback photos of his father, remembering their time together.