Mumbai: Irrfan Khan’s wife Sutapa Sikdar on Tuesday appealed to legalise the usage and consumption of CBD oil in India, while reminiscing the time the late actor was undergoing treatment.
She shared a picture of the London hospital where Irrfan was being treated for neuroendocrine tumour — a rare kind of cancer — and wrote, “London revist looking at his hospital room from outside like everytime I did while he was there walking alone #wishyouwerethere #cancerpain #LegalizeCBDoilinindia (sic).”
Sutapa’s appeal comes on the heels of the criticism which Rhea Chakraborty received after leaked WhatsApp chats suggested that she administered CBD oil to Sushant Singh Rajput while he was alive.
What is CBD oil?
Cannabidiol, or CBD oil, is extracted from the leaves of the cannabis plant. It has various medicinal properties and is used for its pain-relieving effects, reducing anxiety and to treat depression. It is also administered in various cancer-related treatments.
Is CBD oil illegal in India?
No. While Cannabis is deemed illegal in India under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic (NDPS) Act, 1985. However, a few contents extracted from the cannabis plant have been excluded from the Act and are legal in India, provided the guidelines that have been put down are followed.
For example, the cannabis leaves and flowers are used to make bhaang, a popular drink in India, and it is very much legal. Similarly, CBD oil is a 40 per cent extract of the cannabis plant. But here’s the catch: CBD oil has a component called THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). While there is no problem if the THC content in the CBD oil is less than 0.3 per cent, if the proportion of the component exceeds 0.3 per cent, it falls in the category of cannabis and thus becomes illegal under the NDPS Act.
The major issue that arises here is that most of the CBD oil which is sold online does not mention the content description, and hence, there is no way of finding out if the product carries THC content higher or lower than 0.3 per cent.
Meanwhile, before Sutapa, other celebrities like Richa Chadha and Sona Mohapatra had also spoken about the benefits of CBD oil and cannabis in general. While Sona had said that she came to know about the benefits when her sister underwent treatment for cancer last year, Richa had said that cannabis is one of the five sacred plants mentioned in the Atharvaveda due to the benefits it has.
Remembering Irrfan Khan
Rest in peace, legend
When cine lovers watch Irrfan Khan’s film, they don’t see the actor but the character he plays. Irrfan Khan is one of the actors in Bollywood who never disappointed his audience. From selecting the script to delivering a power-packed performance, Irrfan was always on the top of his game. The actor, who bravely battled neuroendocrine cancer, was admitted to the Kokilaben Hospital for colon infection in Mumbai. The actor passed away on Wednesday. His fans are in shock, understandably so as everyone tries to come to terms with the news of his passing.
Hindi and Angrezi Medium
Irrfan Khan’s Hindi Medium became a rage as he brought the menace of the education system of the country on the big screen. He then later returned with another entertaining yet informative film — Angrezi Medium directed by Homi Adajania. Irrfan returned to showbiz with Angrezi Medium after fighting cancer. However, the film could be shown in theatres just for a day as the theatres and multiplexes were shut due to the coronavirus pandemic. Angrezi Medium was later released on a digital platform and the actor received applause for his performance from the audience. Irrfan plays a middle-class father (Champak Bansal) who goes to every extent to give an education to his daughter Radhika Madan (Tarika) in London.
Talvar with Konkona Sensharma
Irrfan Khan played the role of Ashwin Kumar, Joint-Director of Central Department of Investigation (CDI) (a fictionalised name for CBI) in the Meghna Gulzar directorial Talvar. Produced by Vishal Bhardwaj and Vineet Jain, the film is based on the 2008 Noida double murder case involving a teenaged girl and her family’s servant. Irrfan Khan was lauded for his performance. The film also featured Konkona Sensharma and Neeraj Kabi. Konkona took to Twitter to express her sorrow. “Irrfan shone so bright that we all reflected in his glory. Who will we look to for such integrity again? The world is a lesser place now. Thank you for having the courage to be yourself and unlocking worlds for us, Irrfan. We will remember you,” she wrote.
Life of Pi
While Life of Pi mainly focussed on young Pi’s (Suraj Sharma) journey, Irrfan plays the adult Pi in the film. He may have had a limited role in the film but his narration of the story to a young writer will give you goosebumps. Irrfan’s narration as Pi and reliving the journey with his companion — a Bengal tiger (who he named Peter Parker) has become the soul of the story.
7 Khoon Maaf with Priyanka Chopra
Taking to Twitter, Priyanka Chopra wrote,”The charisma you brought to everything you did was pure magic. Your talent forged the way for so many in so many avenues.. You inspired so many of us. Irrfan Khan, you will truly be missed. Condolences to the family.” Irrfan Khan played Sussana’s (played by Priyanka Chopra) third husband Wasiullah Khan in the dark film. While he is a soft-spoken and thoughtful poet at daytime, he becomes brutal at night and beats his wife. Susanna finally killed her husband in cold-blood and buried him in the snow-laden Valley. “The charisma you brought to everything you did was pure magic. Your talent forged the way for so many in so many avenues.. You inspired so many of us. #IrrfanKhan you will truly be missed. Condolences to the family,” wrote PeeCee on social media.
Haasil with Jimmy Sheirgill
Irrfan Khan played a negative character in the student political film – Haasil. Irrfan’s character is manipulative. While he befriends a student Anirudh (Jimmy Sheirgill) and helps him escape with his love Niharika (Hrishitaa Bhatt), Ranvijay’s main aim was to betray Anirudh and marry Niharika. The film, which was based on student politics at the University of Allahabad, was lauded by the critics and audiences. Jimmy Sheirgill, his costar from the film wrote, “Sad really sad ..Rest in peace Irfan bhai rest in peace ..you will be remembered always.”
Mira Nair’s Namesake was based on Jhumpa Lahiri’s book of the same title. Ashoke and Ashima Ganguly (Irrfan and Tabu), migrated from West Bengal to the US) and became parents of American born children Gogol (Kal Penn) and Sonia (Sahira Nair). The story revolved around Irrfan’s son Gogol and his name. Irrfan and Tabu brought life to the film with their stellar performances.
Irrfan played the titular character of Maqbool in this Vishal Bharadwaj film which was based on Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Maqbool aka Irrfan is the right hand of underworld don Jahangir Khan (Pankaj Kapur). Irrfan’s portrayal as an ambitious don to raise and replace his boss Pankaj Kapur was lauded by critics and audiences. Maqbool was twisted in his own ways – much like Shakespeare’s Macbeth.
Shoojit Sircar’s Piku is one of the most innocent films that Irrfan has worked in. Rana Chaudhary (Irrfan’s character in the film) owns a car service business and shares an uncomfortable relationship with his prime customer Piku Banerjee (Deepika Padukone). But when all his drivers refuse to drive Piku and her father (Amitabh Bachchan) to Kolkata, the journey changes their relationship and formed a bond. Shocked with the news of his sudden demise, Amitabh Bachchan wrote, “An incredible talent .. a gracious colleague .. a prolific contributor to the World of Cinema .. left us too soon .. creating a huge vacuum ..” We couldn’t agree more.
Paan Singh Tomar
Irrfan lived the life of Indian soldier-turned-rebel – Paan Singh Tomar in the biography of the same name. His portrayal as the Army man and then a rebel against the system will send chills down your spine for its realistic portrayal. Tomar won medals for the country in sports. But when he was not allowed to be a part of a war, he resigned from the Army. He later became a baaghi who wreaked havoc in the Chambal Valley. Irrfan played both the sides of Tomar’s personality with elan. Mahie Gill, who worked with Irrfan in Paan Singh Tomar, wrote on social media, “RIP Irrfan sir… had the opportunity to work with him in 2 films… great actor nd a wonderful human being…great loss to the family nd the film industry…Will miss u…. Travel well sir…”
Slumdog Millionaire mainly focusses on the story of (Jamal Malik) and Latika (Freida Pinto). Irrfan Khan plays a police officer in the iconic film. While the film has paved the way to success for Dev and Freida, Irrfan’s performance will also be remembered fondly. Many also remember the actor as one of the most well-known crossover actors, who managed to make a name even in Hollywood. In his tribute to Irrfan, Elizabeth director Shekhar Kapur wrote, “An actor that every director wanted to work with. A human being that gave his best in every role. Indian film’s most succesful export to Hollywood. A man loved by all.”
It’s a common saying that people bond over food. Irrfan and Nimrat Kaur’s The Lunchbox is a testimony to that. Irrfan and Nimrat brought the most innocent love story to life on screen. Ila (Nimrat Kaur) tries hard to get appreciation for her cooking from her husband (Nakul Vaid) but when the tiffin gets swapped with another man Saajan Fernandes (Irrfan Khan), she received what she was looking for – respect and love. The Mumbai Dabbawalas also remembered how they shared a special connection with Irrfan Khan thanks to the film. They fondly remembered how many of them had the opportunity to watch the film’s premiere sitting beside the actor. Remembering her co-star, Nimrat wrote on social media, “Words fail to describe my sense of shock and horror to learn about Irrfan Khan’s passing away. My prayers and deepest condolences are with the family at this grave hour. India’s lost one of her biggest icons today. Our world left for the poorer…”
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