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One of India’s best crossover actors Irrfan Khan dies at 53


Best actor winner Irrfan Khan of India poses with his trophy during the Asian Film Awards in Macau on March 27, 2014. Movie stars attended the event held annually since 2007, aimed at showcasing the region’s movie talent. AFP PHOTO

Irfan Khan, an icon of Indian cinema who had a string of Anglo-American successes under his belt, including Slumdog Millionaire, Life of Pi and Jurassic World, has died in Mumbai

National Award-winning actor Irfan died on Wednesday morning. He was admitted to Kokilaben Hospital in Mumbai early this week for infection in Cologne. But he did not recover. He took goodbye to the family, the acting world, and to the fans with tears in his eyes.

Irfan was buried in the Versova cemetery by his two children, Babil and Ayan. Babil and Ayan were buried. It is noted that Irfan’s wife is Bengali. His name is Stupa Shikdar. They have two sons, Ayan and Babylon.

How did Irfan Khan die?

Khan revealed on Twitter in March 2018 he had been diagnosed with a neuroendocrine tumor. He is said to have later received treatment in a London hospital.

After a prolonged battle with cancer his death was confirmed in a statement released by his PR Company which said: “surrounded by his love, his family for whom he most cared about, he left for heavenly abode, leaving behind truly a legacy of his own.

“We all pray and hope that he is at peace.”

Khan was among the first Indian actors to make a consistent mark in Western cinema, following in the footsteps of crossover pioneers such as Saeed Jaffrey, Roshan Seth, and Om Puri.

Born Sahabzade Irrfan Ali Khan in the western desert state of Rajasthan, in a family with no ties to cinema, the actor recalled in interviews that as children, he and his siblings were not allowed to watch movies.

The only exception was when a visiting uncle took them to the theatre.

In 2001 British filmmaker Asif Kapadia offered Khan the lead role in “The Warrior”.

The film went on to win a BAFTA for Best British Film. Khan also received worldwide acclaim for his portrayal in filmmaker Ritesh Batra’s debut “The Lunchbox.”

Irfan’s last post on Facebook, Twitter, ‘I’m passionate, happy from outside…’

Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan, among the tributes on Twitter that followed Khan’s death, said: “An incredible talent.

Bollywood King Shahrukh Khan on Twitter  Khan’s death, said: My friends…Inspiration & the greatest actor of our times. Allah bless your soul Irfan Bhai… I will miss you as much as I cherish the fact that you were part of our lives.

Bollywood Actresses Priyanka Chopra on Twitter  Khan’s death, said: The charisma you brought to everything you did was pure magic. your talent forgets the way for so many in so many avenues. ..you inspired so many of us. you will truly be missed. condolences to the family.


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