Irrfan Khan, who is a legend in the Bollywood scene and has starred in Oscar-winning Hollywood films, passed away today. He was 53.
The Indian actor’s health has been deteriorating ever since he was diagnosed with a neuroendocrine tumour in 2018. He was admitted to Mumbai’s Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital a few days ago but ultimately lost his battle to colon cancer.
The late star’s team released a statement, saying that Irrfan was “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.”
Born on 7th January 1967 in the Indian desert state of Rajasthan, he discovered a passion for acting after enrolling into the elite National School of Drama. Irrfan made his screen debut in the Academy Award-nominated 1988 drama “Salaam Bombay!”, a tale of Mumbai’s street children.
Besides being a huge hit in Hindi films, the actor has also worked with Oscar-winning directors such as Danny Boyle and Ang Lee. His impressive Hollywood resume includes “Slumdog Millionaire”, “Life of Pi”, “Jurassic World”, “Inferno”, “The Amazin Spider-Man” and more.
Irrfan is survived by his wife, television writer and producer Sutapa Sikdar, and sons, Babil and Ayan.