Villagers in Igatpuri, Maharashtra, much like the rest of the world, went into mourning when superstar Irrfan Khan passed away a few weeks back. The people of Igatpuri and Khan shared a special bond and the now the villagers have decided to pay a tribute to the late star by renaming the area where his farmhouse stands to ‘Hero-chi-Wadi,’ which translates to “Neighbourhood of a hero” in Marathi.
According to a reports, the villagers loved and were grateful for all that the star had done for them., reports DNA India. He gave to the village an ambulance, computers, books, raincoats and sweaters for kids.
Gorakh Bodke, a member of the Zilla Parishad said, “He was a guardian angel to so many families. He never said no whenever anyone asked for help.” Khan bought his farmhouse in Igatpuri a decade ago, when he met the locals and decided to help them.
Khan was hospitalised with a colon infection prior to the coronavirus pandemic. He was also diagnosed with a neuroendocrine tumour two years ago. He leaves behind his wife Sutapa Sikdar and their two sons, Babil and Ayaan.
Sikdar said she cannot “begin to feel alone” when millions were grieving with her. She said, “I want to assure everyone that this is not a loss, it is a gain. It’s a gain of the things he taught us, and now we shall finally begin to truly implement it and evolve.”
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