Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan dies at the Age of 53

Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan dies at the Age of 53

There are very artists who are able to attain critical acclaim as well as commercial success by doing what they love the most, Irrfan Khan was one such actor, who sadly has passed away at 53. He had been admitted to the intensive care unit of Mumbai’s Kokilaben hospital on Tuesday with a colon infection.

“Irrfan was a strong soul, someone who fought till the very end and always inspired everyone who came close to him,” his publicist said in a statement.

After extensive treatment for the past two years, Khan was able to shoot for his final film, Angrezi Medium. In March 2018, he revealed he had been diagnosed with a neuroendocrine tumor and since then he has kept his fans as he revealed about his illness via his Twitter handle:

The actor had spent several months last year in the United Kingdom undergoing cancer treatment.

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His family issued an official statement, “I trust, I have surrendered”; These were some of the many words that Irrfan expressed in a heartfelt note he wrote in 2018 opening up about his fight with cancer. And a man of few words and an actor of silent expressions with his deep eyes and his memorable actions on screen. It’s saddening that this day, we have to bring forward the news of him passing away. Irrfan was a strong soul, someone who fought till the very end and always inspired everyone who came close to him. After having been struck by lightning in 2018 with the news of rare cancer, he took life soon after as it came and he fought the many battles that came with it. Surrounded by his love, his family for whom he most cared about, he left for heavenly abode, leaving behind truly a legacy of his own. We all pray and hope that he is at peace. And to resonate and part with his words he had said, “As if I was tasting life for the first time, the magical side of it”.

The “Piku” star is one of the most versatile and respected actors of the Indian Film Industry. Starting from humble beginnings, his is the story that many people resonated with as he was the son of a tire seller, and went to drama school after failing as a cricketer. Irrfan Khan did not have any links in the film industry, failed to impress in numerous auditions, and struggled to earn a good part in movies even after eventually giving a stellar performance in Mira Nair’s 1988 Salaam Bombay.

Irrfan Khan despite his talent had to resort to small roles on the television but in 2002 his breakthrough role came with Asif Kapadia’s “The Warrior” which was shot in India. But the film that really propelled him to major star actor fame was 2004’s “Maqbool”. He received his first National Award for playing the lead character in 2012’s “Paan Singh Tomar”.

In 2011, he was awarded the Padma Shri, India’s fourth-highest civilian honor. In a career spanning over 30 years and featuring in more than 50 domestic films, Khan received numerous awards, including a National Film Award and Filmfare Awards.

Irrfan Khan’s mother Saeeda Begum died at the age of 95 on Saturday morning in Jaipur. According to news agency ANI, Irrfan, who couldn’t travel from Mumbai due to the coronavirus lockdown, paid his last respects to his late mother through a video conferencing session.

Many celebrities offered their respect to the actor that had hailed the industry for the past decade.

Prime Minister of India and Opposition leaders were amongst the many to pay their respect to the late actor.

Kamal Hassan shared a happy memory while grieving his friend.

Superstar Amitabh Bachan also shared his disbelief at the shocking news.

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Young actors like Kartik Aaryan also grieved the loss

Pakistani Actress, Saba Qamar also paid a tribute to her late co-star in an Instagram post:

Irrfan Khan was not only an acclaimed artist in India but his fame was global with appearances in films like Slumdog Millionaire, Life of Pi and The Amazing Spider-Man.
Khan is survived by his wife, Sutapa Sikdar, and sons Babil and Ayan.