Versatile actor Irrfan Khan dies at 54


Irrfan Khan, one of India's finest and most versatile actors, lost his battle with a rare form of cancer and died in a Mumbai hospital on Wednesday.


54-year-old actor had been unwell for a long time. Earlier this week, he was admitted to the intensive care unit of the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital 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.

"He spent his final hours surrounded by his love, his family for whom he most cared about", a statement released by his family said.

It is the second tragedy for the family in less than a week. The Maqbool actor lost his mother, 95-year-old Saeeda Begum, in Jaipur just four days ago and could not attend the funeral because of the nationwide lockdown.

Irrfan, who was diagnosed with neuroendocrine tumour in 2018, is survived by his wife Sutapa and his sons Babil and Ayaan.

The self-effacing National Award winner had stayed away from the public eye after his diagnosis in 2018 when he went to the UK for treatment.

He returned home in 2019 and shot for "Angrezi Medium", the sequel to his 2017 hit "Hindi Medium". However, his health condition prevented him from promoting the movie, which hit the theatres in March just before the lockdown that began on March 25.

He made his debut with Mira Nair's Salaam Bombay in 1988.

Irrfan is known for many international hits like Slumdog Millionaire, Jurassic World, The Amazing Spider-Man and Life of Pi. Apart from this, his films like Salaam Bombay!, Maqbool, Paan Singh Tomar, The Lunchbox, Haider, Gunday, Piku and Talvar and Hindi Medium garnered a lot of praise too

Khan won a National Award for his powerful acting in sports drama ‘Paan Singh Tomar’. He was also awarded with Padma Shri, one of India's highest civilian honours.

Irrfan was also globally recognised for his performance in films like 'Slumdog Millionaire', 'Inferno' and 'Life of Pi'.


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