Irrfan Khan and Sutappa Sikdar were one of the lesser known couples of Bollywood. The couple, who tied the knot in February 1995, were quite discreet about their married life. Recently, Suthappa revealed how Irrfan would force her to cook khichdi as she did not know how to cook in the early days of marriage. On Friday, Sutappa shared a picture on her Instagram handle showing the red cover of Mrs. Balbir Singh’s book titled Indian Cookery.
The book took her down memory lane as she vividly reminisced about those days that are now lost to time. In a flawless and visually appealing statement, she wrote, “Cleaning books is not a chore for me, it’s an immersion in old stories, memories, and I can spend hours turning the pages. And every turn. With, the sights, people, smells and sounds of this place come alive. Every time… The afternoon was perfect. I got this torn book today. And the memories came rushing out like water.
She added, “I could feel the sweat on my forehead earlier… the smell of fried onions, which I hated… Zeenat Aman’s sleeveless maxi that I wore to cook… Best (Brihanmumbai Bijli (Supply and Transport) sound of )buses honking through the kitchen grills… that lone basil tree… Irfan enters the kitchen smoking a cigarette and puffs at me with a look of helplessness on his face… ‘Hey yaar khichdi bana. Lati (You should have made the khichdi now)
Sutappa described coming from a Bengali family and embracing North Indian cuisine. She wrote, “There was a big change in my life and food (habits) from Bengali to North Indian, and as I was not married and in domestic relations, I did not know how to cook. No new family and no cook in Bombay.” , I was nervous to say the least. Without a YouTube channel we learned the hard way… we bought cookbooks. And this was my first non-fancy basic North Indian cookbook. Thank you Mrs. Balbir Singh not me. Don’t know who you are, but thanks for saving my life because butter chicken, which I find to be a very overrated dish, saved my life because my boys loved it.
Sutapa Sikdar started acting at NSD (National School of Drama) alongside Irrfan Khan, eventually, he made his debut as a film producer, dialogue writer, and screenplay writer. He produced Irrfan Khan starrer singles like Madaari and Kharib Kharib. She was also known for writing dialogues for critically acclaimed films like Spari and Kahani.
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