Not many would know that Shah Rukh Khan and Irrfan Khan have been very close friends even before they acted together in Billu. Irrfan’s fans were keen to know how their favourite star was being helped by his friends in Bollywood in his moment of utter agony.
Now an entertainment website has revealed how SRK rushed to meet Irrfan while leaving his shooting midway the first time he was told about his friend’s rare illness. Spotboye website reported that just a few days before Irrfan was to leave for London, his wife Sutapa called King Khan and informed him that her husband was inviting his ‘good old friend’ to his house in Madh Island before leaving India for treatment.
Shah Rukh was busy shooting at Mehboob Studios. He immediately rushed to Irrfan’s house to be by his friend’s side in his incredibly difficult time. Both of them spent nearly two hours chatting as SRK reportedly kept counselling his old friend. But what came next left both Irrfan and Sutapa stunned. The website said that before leaving Irrfan’s house, Shah Rukh handed him the keys to his London house.
An overwhelmed Irrfan gracefully accepted Shah Rukh’s gift. A generous SRK was reportedly keen for Irrfan and his family feel at home while staying in London for treatment.
In a first ever confirmation since being diagnosed with a rare disease, actor Irrfan Khan had recently confirmed that he was suffering from a high-grade neuroendocrine cancer. In a special note, published in Times of India, Irrfan said that the cancer he’d been diagnosed with was rare and had more unpredictability of its treatment.
In an emotional note, he said, “It’s been quite some time now since I have been diagnosed with a high-grade neuroendocrine cancer. This new name in my vocabulary, I got to know, was rare, and due to fewer study cases, and less information comparatively, the unpredictability of the treatment was more. I was part of a trial-and-error game. I had been in a different game, I was travelling on a speedy train ride, had dreams, plans, aspirations, goals, was fully engaged in them. And suddenly someone taps on my shoulder and I turn to see. It’s the TC: “Your destination is about to come. Please get down.” I am confused: “No, no. My destination hasn’t come.” “No, this is it. This is how it is sometimes.”
“The suddenness made me realise how you are just a cork floating in the ocean with UNPREDICTABLE currents! And you are desperately trying to control it.”
He then went on to highlight the irony on the location of the hospital he’s currently being treated for the cancer stating that on one side of the road was hospital, while across the road was the famous cricket stadium, Lord’s.
He wrote, “As I was entering the hospital, drained, exhausted, listless, I hardly realised my hospital was on the opposite side of Lord’s, the stadium. The Mecca of my childhood dream. Amidst the pain, I saw a poster of a smiling Vivian Richards. Nothing happened, as if that world didn’t ever belong to me.”