30 April 2020 MUMBAI – One of the stars of Indian Cinema and theater who has a totally different capacity for acting in movies, one of my favorite actors to watch Indian movies, Irfan Khan has passed away at a hospital in Mumbai today.
A versatile actor regarded as highly successful in Bollywood, Irfan has also acted in British films and Hollywood in his thirty-year-long film career. He was only a 53-year-old actor who had been battling colon cancer since 2018.
His official spokesperson confirmed on Tuesday that he was under a doctor’s observation.
Irrfan Khan made his film debut with a small role in Salaam Bombay! (1988), which was followed by years of struggle. After starring in the British film The Warrior (2001), he had his breakthrough with starring roles in the dramas Haasil (2003) and Maqbool (2004). He went on to gain critical acclaim for his roles in The Namesake (2006), Life in a… Metro (2007), and Paan Singh Tomar (2011). For portraying the title character in the last of these, he won the National Film Award for Best Actor. Further success came from his starring roles in The Lunchbox (2013), Piku (2015), and Talvar (2015) and he had supporting roles in the Hollywood films The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), Life of Pi (2012), Jurassic World (2015), and Inferno (2016). His other notable roles were in Slumdog Millionaire (2008), New York (2009), Haider (2014), and Gunday (2014), and the television series In Treatment (2010). His highest-grossing Hindi film release came with the comedy-drama Hindi Medium (2017), which won him the Filmfare Award for Best Actor, and his final film appearance was in its sequel Angrezi Medium (2020).
As of 2017, his films had grossed $3.6 billion at the worldwide box office. In 2018, Khan was diagnosed with a neuroendocrine tumor. He died at the age of 53 on 29 April 2020 due to a colon infection. Khan was described by Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian as “a distinguished and charismatic star in Hindi- and English-language movies whose hardworking career was an enormously valuable bridge between South Asian and Hollywood cinema”.
Khan has received numerous awards including a National Film Award and Film fare Awards in four categories.
He was awarded the Padma Shree, India’s fourth highest civilian honor for his contribution to the field of arts in 2011.
Khan’s last film was ‘Angrezi Medium’, which hit the screens days before the lockdown was announced.
His innocent portrayal of a father willing to go against all odds for his daughter was much lauded by fans.
Due to the lockdown, ‘Angrezi Medium’ stopped playing in theaters and was later released on an OTT platform.
Most film critics, contemporaries, and other experts consider him to be one of the finest actors in Indian cinema for his versatile and natural acting. He was survived by his wife Sutapa and sons – Babil and Ayan.
The Film Industry and the audience of millions will miss him forever. We pray to the almighty to grant strength to bear the loss to the family and loved ones, May his Departed soul rest in Paradise!!
“Sometimes the Wrong train may drop you to the right destination…” You will be alive in our hearts Irfan!!