Actor Irrfan Khan has passed away in Mumbai, he was admitted to Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital with a colon infection. The acclaimed actor battled a tumour for several months and returned to Mumbai a few months ago after being treated in the UK. He was rushed to hospital yesterday following a colon infection and then his condition deteriorated. Our sources told us that he was put on a ventilator. Irrfan Khan is survived by his wife Sutapa and two sons. ‘Irrfan Khan, the exceptional actor of our times’: India mourns; celebs pay condolences| LIVE updates
Irrfan Khan’s spokesperson released a statement: “I trust, I have surrendered”; These were the some of the many words that Irrfan expressed in a heartfelt 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”.
Irrfan Khan’s death has come as a shock and has left a void in Indian cinema. Amitabh Bachchan, who co-starred with Irrfan in Piku, tweeted, “An incredible talent, a gracious colleague, a prolific contributor to the world of cinema left us too soon, creating a huge vacuum.” Filmmaker Shoojit Sircar, who directed Irrfan Khan in Piku, tweeted: “My dear friend Irrfan. 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,” he tweeted. Irrfan has left behind millions of broken-hearted fans.
Yesterday, his spokesperson confirmed that he had been taken to the intensive care unit and later, dismissed rumours that Irrfan Khan had died. The shocking news comes just three days after the actor’s mother Saeda Begum breathed her last on Saturday in Jaipur where she used to stay. However, owing to the ongoing lockdown, the actor could not physically attend his mother’s last rites and reportedly paid his last respect through video conferencing.
Earlier on Wednesday morning the doctors had kept Irrfan on the ventilator and had asked the family to hang on, according to India TV sources.
The Life Of Pi actor was diagnosed with neuroendocrine tumour in March 2018 and a few days later, he left for London for his treatment. He returned to India in February 2019 and filmed Angrezi Medium during his brief visit. A couple of months later, he flew to London to continue the treatment and returned to India after his surgery in September 2019.
Irrfan Khan was last seen in Homi Adajania’s comedy film Angrezi Medium, the last-released Bollywood film before COVID-19 forced the complete shutdown of cinema halls. Soon after the film released, many states announced the shut down of cinema halls. Later, the film premiered on OTT platform Disney Plus Hotstar. On the day of the premiere, the whole star cast of the film including Kiku Sharda, Deepak Dobriyal, Radhika Madan, producer Dinesh Vijan, director Homi Adajania came together through video conferencing to watch the film together.
Radhika Madan shared a screenshot and wrote, “The #AngreziMedium squad is preppin’ to watch the #AngreziMediumPremiere on @disneyplushotstarvip! Get your squad to watch the film, NOW! ” Along with the actors, director Homi Adajania and producer Dinesh Vijan are also seen chatting in the video call.
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