Irrfan Khan passes away at 53
The actor was admitted to the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital in Mumbai due to a colon infection
Actor Irrfan Khan passed away aged 53 earlier today. The actor was admitted to the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital in Mumbai due to a colon infection. Irrfan’s health had suddenly deteriorated and he was admitted to the ICU on Tuesday. In 2018, he had revealed that he was diagnosed with neuroendocrine cancer.
The news of Irrfan’s passing was shared by filmmaker Shoojit Sircar on Twitter. “My dear friend Irfaan. 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.” Shoojit had worked with Irrfan on Piku (2015).
Irrfan’s representatives also confirmed the news with a statement —
“I trust, I have surrendered”; These were the 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 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 actor had lost his mother, Sayeeda Begum, a few days back. He was unable to attend her funeral in Jaipur due to the lockdown.
A graduate of the National School of Drama, Irrfan made his screen debut in Salaam Bombay (1988). He would continue to make his mark over three decades of Indian cinema with films like The Goal (2000), Maqbool (2003), The Namesake (2007), Paan Singh Tomar (2011), The Lunchbox (2013), Piku (2015), and Hindi Medium (2017).
In the west, Irrfan has been a part of big-ticket projects like Slumdog Millionaire, Jurassic World, The Amazing Spider-Man, and Life of Pi.
The actor recently made his comeback in Angrezi Medium (2020).
Irrfan is survived by his wife Sutapa Sikdar and sons Babil and Ayan.