India, May 13 -- Everyone who knew Irrfan, has only words of praise for him. And it's no different for Papon. The singer, who knew him for almost two decades, says the news of the actor's demise was hard on him. Irrfan, 54, passed away on April 29. Papon shared a video in which Irrfan lauds the singer's talent.

"I knew him since our Delhi days, around 2002-03. He'd often come to my house. After he shifted to Mumbai, we were in touch over phone, and when I came to Mumbai, we'd often bump into each other. Things were good till he fell ill. We were in touch and he would ask my recommendations for songs, while undergoing his treatment in London," recalls Papon, who worked with Irrfan in Qarib Qarib Singlle (2017) and Karwaan (2018).

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