Irrfan Khan dies at age of 53, star of Slumdog Millionaire battling colon infection
Here is sad news for all Bollywood Fans. Indian-origin actor Irrfan Khan, who achieved considerable success in both Bollywood and the West, has died at the age of 53. Khan had been battling cancer since 2018 and he was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of Kokilaben Hospital in Mumbai on Tuesday with a colon infection.
My friend…inspiration & the greatest actor of our times. Allah bless your soul Irrfan bhai…will miss you as much as cherish the fact that you were part of our lives.— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) April 29, 2020
“पैमाना कहे है कोई, मैखाना कहे है दुनिया तेरी आँखों को भी, क्या क्या ना कहे है” Love u pic.twitter.com/yOVoCete4A
In March 2018, he revealed that he had been diagnosed with a neuroendocrine tumor, but after extensive treatment he recovered enough to shoot the English medium, the film that would turn into his last, and whose march the release was reduced due to the coronavirus epidemic.
Chief Minister @capt_amarinder Singh expresses shock and grief over the demise of bollywood star Irrfan Khan. "He was an actor par excellence and his work will live with us forever", said the CM while praying for strength to his family and friends to deal with this grave loss. pic.twitter.com/StZCKwZDrB— CMO Punjab (@CMOPb) April 29, 2020
Khan was born in 1966 in Jaipur to Sahabzade Irfan Ali Khan, the son of a tire seller, and went to drama school after failing as a cricketer. He struggled to play the lead role in the film industry despite being in a small role as a letter writer in Mira Nair’s 1988 Salaam Bombay! – To his dismay, he managed to find regular work in low-grade TV soap operas only.
Known to English-speaking audiences as Inspector of Police in Slumdog Millionaire, Khan was also the lead actor of Bollywood, starring in hit films such as Haider and Hindi Medium.
Khan also maintained a parallel career in British-American cinema: he played the role of chief of police in Michael Winterbottom’s A Mighty Heart, and another police man in Slumdog Millionaire, which won eight Oscars. Subsequent roles saw him become a credible standby character actor in big-budget Hollywood films, playing a doctor role in The Amazing Spider-Man in 2012, and businessman for Jurassic World (2015) and Inferno (2016). In 2012, he also played the adult version of the main character in another Oscar-winning: Life of Pi, directed by Ang Lee.
His Popular shows done on Television
Khan’s breakthrough role came from an unexpected source: a feature debut by then-unknown British director Asif Kapadia, whose low-budget samurai-esque story The Warrior was shot in India. Released in 2002, The Warrior was shortlisted for the prestigious San Sebastian Film Festival and won the BAFTA Award for Best British Film. Khan later broke into mainstream Indian films, often playing the role of a cop or villain – including the title role of Maqbool, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth set in the Mumbai underworld.
Meanwhile, Khan had box-office success with the Indian-produced art film The Lunchbox, in which he played an accountant who romances a letter-writing with unhappy housewife Nimrat Kaur. Khan continued his high Bollywood profile with important roles in Amitabh Bachchan’s comedy Piku and Hindu Medium, as a wealthy businessman tried to get his daughter into a good school. Khan is survived by his wife Sutapa Sikdar and sons Babil and Ayan.
The Entire Bollywood is sad because of sudden and sad demise of Mr. Khan.
Gone too soon.Didn’t know him personally but heart feels heavy knowing that the hugely talented actor and everyone’s favourite, Sir Irfan Khan is no more.Strength to the family and loved ones..RIP #IrrfanKhan pic.twitter.com/2maIAnKuis— Neha Sharma (@Officialneha) April 29, 2020
😢💔 You will be missed and will forever remain in our hearts.. Irfan Khan, legend… RIP pic.twitter.com/7e7nipa28Y— Jacqueline Fernandez (@Asli_Jacqueline) April 29, 2020