Irrfan Khan, originally named Saahabzaade Irfan Ali Khan has passed away at the age of 54. He was admitted to a hospital in Mumbai for colon infection for which he was undergoing treatment since Tuesday. But he couldn't make it out alive.
Padma Shri Irrfan Khan had announced nearly two years ago that he was diagnosed with neuroendocrine tumour.
The actor’s representatives shared the news with a statement:
‘I trust, I have surrendered,’ these were the some of the many words that Irrfan expressed in a heart felt note he wrote in 2018 opening up about his fight with cancer. And 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. After having been struck by lightning in 2018 with the news of a rare cancer, he took life soon after as it came and he fought the many battles that came with it. 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 and hope that he is at peace. And to resonate and part with his words he had said, ‘As if I was tasting life for the first time, the magical side of it’.
Bollywood fraternity has been sharing their grief on social media about the actor's demise and for some, this sudden news is unbelievable.
The actor was even treated overseas for his condition owing to which he was absent from the main scene for quite many months last year. His mother, Saeeda Begum passed away just a few days ago and her funeral was attended by Irrfan via video call, said reports.
Prior to the release of his last film Angrezi Medium, Irrfan has posted an empowering video message. He said: "One doesn’t have any other choice but to remain positive. Whether you are able to make lemonade in such situations is entirely up to you. We’ve made this film with the same sort of positivity. I hope this film is able to make you laugh and cry in equal measure.”
Irrfan was loved not only by the fans but also by the critics for his effortless acting style and performances that etched a unique place for the actor in the minds of many for a lifetime. He was also in many international projects such as Slumdog Millionaire, Jurassic World, The Amazing Spider-Man and Life of Pi.
In India, his most famous films include his debut, the Academy Award-nominated Salaam Bombay!, Maqbool (2004), Paan Singh Tomar (2011), The Lunchbox (2013), Haider (2014), Gunday (2014), Piku (2015) and Talvar (2015) and Hindi Medium (2017).
A versatile actor, Irrfan has even showcased his talent to those who love watching Punjabi films. He was seen playing a Sikh Punjabi named Umber Singh, in the 2013 release titled Qissa. He even won the Best Actor award for Qissa at the Indian International Film Festival of Queensland.