Actor Irrfan Khan passes away

Actor Irrfan Khan died early today (April 29) at the age of 54.   He was  admitted to Mumbai’s Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital on Tuesday, where he was being treated for a colon infection.

A statement released by his family said that Mr Khan spent his final hours ‘surrounded by his love, his family for whom he most cared about.’ Just hours ago, the actor’s spokesperson said in a statement that Mr Khan was ‘still fighting the battle.’

The statement released on behalf of Irrfan Khan’s family read:

“I trust, I have surrendered’; These were the some of the many words that Irrfan expressed in a heart-felt 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 a 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 heaven 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 54year old actor who was diagnosed with neuroendocrine tumor four years back has stayed away from the career for two years before coming back to the industry last year. The movie Angrezi Medium which is being telecasted by Disney +hotstar is happened to be his last movie and Irrfan khan was stayed away from the promotion of the same due to his poor health.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.

As one of the finest actors in the country who hailed from drama theater could simultaneously act both in the commercial as well as art cinemas and apart from bollywood movies he could also make a mark in regional as well as foreign language films. These performances which have been spread out on various platforms made his career on par with the legendary actors like Om Pury and Nasarudeen sha.

He’s best known to international audiences as the cop in Slumdog Millionaire (2008), which went on to win eight Oscars.His other Hollywood  movies include, The Amazing Spider-Man, Life of Pi and Jurassic World (2015).

Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan, who worked with him on hit film Piku, tweeted:

“An incredible talent… a gracious colleague… a prolific contributor to the World of Cinema… left us too soon… creating a huge vacuum.”

Filmmaker Shoojit Sircar, who directed Irrfan Khan in Piku, tweeted: ‘My dear friend Irrfan. You fought and fought and fought. I will always be proud of you.. we shall meet again.. condolences to Sutapa and Babil.. you too fought, Sutapa you gave everything possible in this fight. Peace and Om shanti. Irfaan Khan salute,’ he tweeted.

Irrfan Khan is survived by wife Sutapa Sikdar and sons Babil and Ayan Khan