A little after the massive success of Danny Boyle’s Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire, starring Dev Patel and Freida Pinto, actor Irrfan Khan coincidentally was dining in the same restaurant as The Hulk star Mark Ruffalo in New York. The Angrezi Medium star reportedly tried to interact with Ruffalo but to no avail.
As the Avengers: Endgame star was about to leave from the restaurant, Irrfan was pleasantly surprised when Ruffalo himself recognised him and came up to him to compliment him on his acting.
The incident took place somewhere back in 2010. The incident is is one of many mentioned in Aseem Chhabra’s Irrfan Khan: The Man, The Dreamer, The Star – a biographical work on Irrfan Khan.
The incident is written in a very detailed manner in the book and reads, “Suddenly, Irrfan elbowed Aditya. He had noticed that actor Mark Ruffalo was sitting on the next table. But he was there with a large group of people, perhaps his family. Irrfan told Aditya that he was a big fan of Mark’s and somehow wanted an introduction. I asked Leslie if she knew him and she said she did, but she didn’t feel like walking up to Mark. She said it didn’t look right. But I could also see Irrfan thinking, ‘Hello toh bolte hain‘ (Let’s at least say hello)’.”
He continues, “When we were leaving, Irrfan looked disappointed but then something incredible happened. Mark saw him, put his hand forward and said, ‘Hey, man, I love your work.’ And Irrfan probably saw sparkling lights all over’.”