Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan, known internationally for roles in Slumdog Millionaire and Jurassic World, has died at the age of 53. He was admitted to the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani hospital in Mumbai when he passed away.
Khan was known for his nuanced and understated performances, with many calling him one of India’s most talented actors.He was so highly respected, director Wes Anderson once wrote him a part just so he could work with him.
In March 2018, he revealed he had been diagnosed with a neuroendocrine tumour, but after extensive treatment he recovered well enough to shoot Angrezi Medium, the film which would turn out to be his last, and whose release this March was cut short because of the coronavirus pandemic.
He later underwent treatment in a London hospital for the illness which affects cells that release hormones into the bloodstream.
Bollywood stars and politicians have rushed to pay tribute to him on social media.
Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar tweeted, “Irfan Khan was a versatile actor. Sorry to hear about his demise. My heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and fans. Om Shanti.”
Condoling his death, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said Irrfan Khan is “one of the most exceptional actors of our time”.
The actor returned to India in September last year after surgery and treatment in London.The actor’s last tweet was on a character from Angrezi Medium, his last film. “Mr. Champak’s state of mind: Love from the inside, making sure to show it outside!” he had tweeted on April 12.