New Delhi: Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan passed away in Mumbai’s Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital on Wednesday. Khan was admitted to the hospital on Tuesday and was shifted to the ICU following a colon infection that he was suffering from. However, his health deteriorated soon thereafter and he was struggling to survive.
Khan’s health had been on the decline ever since he was diagnosed with neuroendocrine cancer in 2018. He had been travelling to London frequently for treatment. He was even unable to promote his last release, Angrezi Medium, owing to ill health.
Many filmmakers and actors were in shock and offered their condolences on the sudden demise of the versatile actor.
In a career spanning over 30 years and featuring in over 50 Indian films, Khan had received numerous awards, including a National Film Award and Filmfare Awards in four categories.
Considered to be one of the finest actors in Indian cinema, he was also awarded the Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian honour, in 2011.
Khan made his debut with a small role in Salaam Bombay! (1988). This was followed by several years of struggle. He made his breakthrough by starring films like Haasil (2003) and Maqbool (2004). He then gained critical acclaim for his roles in The Namesake (2006), Life in a… Metro (2007), and Paan Singh Tomar (2011).
Khan also had memorable roles in movies such as The Lunchbox (2013), Piku (2015) and Talvar (2015). He had supporting roles in Hollywood films The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), Life of Pi (2012), Jurassic World (2015), and Inferno (2016).
His highest-grossing Hindi film release came with the comedy-drama Hindi Medium (2017), which won him the Filmfare Award for Best Actor. His final appearance was in its sequel, Angrezi Medium (2020).
In March 2017, when the actor landed in Gangtok, Sikkim to shoot for a film, he was surprised to be greeted by a huge number of people. He had tweeted then:
After much speculation in the media about his health, the actor took to his Twitter account on March 16, 2020, when he announced that he was suffering from a neuroendocrine tumour.
Khan is survived by his wife Sutapa Devendra Sikdar and two sons, Babil and Ayan.
Meanwhile, several personalities — from sportspersons to politicians — took to Twitter to offer their condolences.
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