With a heavy heart we have to say, Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan dies at the age of 53 in Mumbai at Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital and Medical Research Institute while fighting a colon infection. He was already diagnosed with neuroendocrine tumour in 2018 and had shifted to London for his treatment. It was just few months back (February 2019) when he returned to India after being treated in London where he was warmly welcomed by his fans and other co-stars of Bollywood.
Irrfan Khan was an Indian actor who was known for his prominent roles in over 50 domestic films. His career spans over 30 years in which he received various awards in diverse categories. He owns a National Film Award and Filmfare awards in four categories. The most versatile and a respected actor in Hindi Cinema, he was a man of few words and an amazing actor known for his dynamic expressions. His memorable actions and his deep eyes that speaks hundreds of emotions at once has captivated a number of people. Khan maintained his parallel career in British-American Cinema where he debuted with a movie named ‘The Warriors’, by Asif Kapadia. He has a huge fan following that includes people of all ages. His one of the most famous dialogue is:
“Darya bhi main, darakht bhi main … Jhelum bhi main, chinar bhi main … dair bhi hoon, haram bhi hoon … Shia bhi hoon, Sunni bhi hoon, main hoon pandit … main tha, main hoon aur main hi rahoonga.”- From the movie Haider
While on his death bed, he was surrounded by his love, his family for he cared about the most. His last words were:
After an extensive treatment in London, he was well enough to shoot the movie ‘Angrezi Medium’. Soon after the shoot, he flew back to London after a brief stay due to which he was not able to participate in the promotions of the movie. But the movie turns out to be his last one which release was cut short because of the Coronavirus pandemic. You can watch the movie on OTT platform now.
Before dying he gave us plenty of memories through which we will always remember him. His spectacular performances in the movies, ‘Haider’, ‘Hindi Medium’, ‘Maqbool’, and ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ will be watched by the generations to come. He won a National Award for his movie ‘Paan Singh Tomar’, a sports drama. His contributions in the international movies named, ‘Slumdog Millionaire’, ‘Inferno’, ‘Spiderman’ and ‘Life of Pi’ are remarkable and worth appreciating. To brag his stardom even more, Khan played a lead role in the Oscar-Winner movie, ‘Life of Pi’.
The modest aura that he carried with integrity and diligence was known to everyone in the nation. India is mourning on his death and prompted legendary people of the world express their sadness. His death has left a void in Indian Cinema where various stars of Bollywood came forward to pay his tributes.
Amitabh Bacchan’s Tweet:
T 3516 - .. just getting news of the passing of Irfaan Khan .. this is a most disturbing and sad news .. 🙏
An incredible talent .. a gracious colleague .. a prolific contributor to the World of Cinema .. left us too soon .. creating a huge vacuum ..
Prayers and duas 🙏
— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) April 29, 2020
Shoojit Sircar's Tweet:
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 Sircar (@ShoojitSircar) April 29, 2020
Completely saddened by his death, PM Modi also gave his condolences:
Irrfan Khan’s demise is a loss to the world of cinema and theatre. He will be remembered for his versatile performances across different mediums. My thoughts are with his family, friends and admirers. May his soul rest in peace.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 29, 2020
There was news of Irrfan Khan’s hospitalization on Tuesday evening where his spokesperson releases a statement, “Yes, it is true that Irrfan Khan is admitted to ICU at Kokilaben in Mumbai because of a colon infection. We would keep everyone updated. He is under doctor's observation. His strength and courage have helped him battle and fight so far and we are sure with his tremendous willpower and prayers of his well wishers, he will recover soon."
Say it’s a mother’s love or a son who longed to meet his mother, the actor Irrfan Khan died soon after the death of his mother, Saaeda Begum. She died at the age of 95 on 25th April, 2020 in Jaipur where Khan couldn’t reach her due to vigorous coronavirus lockdown in Mumbai. He paid his last respects through a video conferencing session.
We are completely heart-broken to break this news to you that your beloved actor, Irrfan Khan is no more. He was a strong soul who fought with every battle alone and took life as it came. He inspired everyone through his heart-felt messages and people were deeply motivated through his humorous yet encouraging words. Irrfan Khan was born in Jaipur in 1966 where he went to a drama school after failing his attempt to be cricketer. His life story is a struggle where he revealed that he was the son of a tyre seller and after completing his education in the drama school, he struggled for a break in the film industry. He started his career with low grade TV soap operas and was casted as a ‘letter writer’ in Mira Nair’s movie, ‘Salaam Bombay’, 1988.
As his spokesperson gave his final statement, “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 for his departed soul and hope that he rests in peace. And to resonate and part with his words he had once said, 'As if I was tasting life for the first time, the magical side of it'.