Irrfan Khan passed away today at a hospital in Mumbai, where he was admitted for colon infection. The 53-year-old actor had been battling cancer since 2018 and his official spokesperson had confirmed on Tuesday that he was under doctor’s observation. Irrfan is survived by his wife Sutapa and sons – Babil and Ayan. Filmmaker Shoojit Sircar penned a condolence note remembering the actor.
My dear friend Irfaan. You fought and 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 last film was ‘Angrezi Medium’, which hit the screens days before the lockdown was announced. His innocent portrayal of a father willing to go against all odds for his daughter was much lauded by fans. Due to the lockdown, ‘Angrezi Medium’ stopped playing in theatres and was later released on an OTT platform.
1/6From ‘The Namesake’ to ‘Ek Doctor Ki Maut’; Rare and unseen moments of Irrfan khan through the years!
- Irrfan Khan passed away today at 54. The news of his demise was shared on Twitter by ‘Piku’ director Shoojit Sircar. “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,” he wrote. The actor was last seen in ‘Angrezi Medium’ with Radhika Madan and Kareena Kapoor Khan. So, we bring you rare photos of the actor from his early films which will make you nostalgic!
- Irrfan entered the Bollywood big league in the early 2000s. He was one of India’s most well-known exports to Hollywood. Among the early films, Irrfan earned fame after Tapan Sinha’s ‘Ek Doctor Ki Maut’ (1990). The film featured Pankaj Kapur as an upright scientist struggling, who was recognised for his groundbreaking research on a leprosy vaccine. Irrfan played the role of a sympathetic science reporter.
- When Tabu and Irrfan Khan came together for Mira Nair’s ‘The Namesake’, they created a magic on-screen. Everyone went gaga over their wonderful chemistry. This BTS picture was shared on Instagram by a fan club dedicated to Tabu.
- Irrfan Khan surprised everyone with his ‘Piku’. Director Shoojit Sircar offered him the romantic role opposite Deepika Padukone. He played the role of Rana Chaudhary, who runs a cab service in Delhi and that’s how he comes in Piku aka Deepika and her father’s life. The film also starred Amitabh Bachchan in pivotal roles.
- A lot of B-town celebs have tried their luck in Hollywood including Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Chopra, Anil Kapoor and many others. But Irrfan not just won hearts through Bollywood films but also starred in Hollywood movies like’ Inferno’, Life Of Pi, and others. With his stellar performance in ‘Life of Pi’, he became quite a big name in Hollywood too.
- Irrfanleft everyone stunned with his acting stint in ‘Paan Singh Tomar’ (2012). He played the role with such a grace that people praised him and said he played like it was written with only him in mind. Irrfan essayed the role of a steeplechase who eventually resorts to arms to get revenge from the corrupt system. The actor went through a major physical transformation to step in the shoes of an athlete.
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Best known for his performance in films like ‘Maqbool’ and ‘Piku’, the actor earned a National Award for his powerful act in sports drama ‘Paan Singh Tomar’. Irrfan was also globally recognised for his performance in films like ‘Slumdog Millionaire’, ‘Inferno’ and ‘Life of Pi’.
1/9’The Warrior’ to ‘Inferno’: Irrfan Khan’s most memorable Hollywood performances
- Bollywood star Irrfan Khan, who brought a modern sensibility to his Bollywood films, passed away on Wednesday, aged 53. The death, after a prolonged battle with cancer, was confirmed by a spokesman who said Khan was surrounded by family at the time.
“He fought the many battles that came with it,” read a line in his official statement, referring to the diagnosis of Khan’s rare cancer condition in 2018.
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. After making his international film debut with ‘The Warrior’, he went on quickly rise up the ranks to feature in several Academy Award-winning Hollywood films including ‘Life of Pi’, ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ and critically acclaimed films including ‘The Namesake’, ‘A Mighty Heart’ and even featured in world-wide box office hits.
Born Sahabzade Irfan Ali Khan in the western desert state of Rajasthan, in a family with no ties to cinema, we take a look at some of his prolific works in Hollywood.
- Irrfan Khan took a giant leap outside the Bollywood film industry by making his international debut in British director Asif Kapadia’s 2001 film ‘The Warrior’. Set in feudal Rajasthan, the film adventure/drama went on to win a BAFTA for best British film and in turn introduced Khan to Western audiences.
- In the 2006 film, ‘The Namesake’, Irrfan Khan won hearts for his role alongside Tabu in this magical and intensely moving film by director Mira Nair. Not only was the audience happy to tag along on the journey of this couple in a foreign land, but the Indian diaspora also found its voice that was elegant, articulate and real.
- Giving us another adventure of a lifetime, Irrfan Khan played the perfect narrator as he shared the exquisite and unbelievable journey of his character Pi, from a zoo in Puducherry to his tragic voyage that saw him sail the Pacific with a Bengal Tiger. The film directed by Ang Lee won several prestigious awards globally and even took home the Oscar for Best Picture that year.
- Irrfan Khan seamlessly transitioned into a popular Hollywood name with his commendable body of work. His dedication to his craft also helped bag him a role in the Angelina Jolie-starrer ‘A Mighty Heart’. Irrfan played a small but significant supporting role as a Pakistani intelligence officer opposite Angelina’s Marianne Pearl, the widow of the Wall Street journalist Daniel Pearl who was kidnapped and murder by Pakistani jihadis.
- There when the gates of the theme park showcasing genetically-engineered dinosaurs reopened, our Bollywood star Irrfan Khan, who played the role of Simon Masrani, the CEO and owner of the new and improved Jurassic World. Although his character was quickly shaping up to be the best part of the film, he meets his sudden demise when he selflessly takes it upon himself to help ease the situation after a Rex escapes. Sadly his heroic mission is cut short when a flock of pterosaurs crash into his helicopter, creating a fiery explosion.
- Irrfan Khan also featured as the grey shaded character Rajit Ratha in the Andrew Garfield led – ‘The Amazing Spiderman’. In a few but significant scenes, Irrfan’s character played an important part in turning the narrative around and in turn giving the friendly neighbourhood hero his nemesis in Doctor Curt Connors who becomes The Lizard after his regeneration formula gives him some unexpected side effects.
- One of Irrfan’s most recent Hollywood films included his work on ‘Inferno’, co-starring with Tom Hanks and Felicity Jones. The Bollywood star played the role of Harry Sims, head of The Consortium, helping Bertrand Zobrist, a dangerously unstable billionaire geneticist who believed that rigorous measures were necessary to reduce the Earth’s growing population.
- Irrfan’s last Hollywood film is the 2018 drama ‘Puzzle’. In the film directed by Marc Turtletaub, Irrfan played the role of wealthy inventor and champion puzzler named Robert. While the film didn’t get its Indian release, Khan was given due credit for changing the tone of the film with his charismatic presence and the energy he brought to his role.