Irrfan Khan, the most versatile actor in Bollywood cinema, passed away at the age of 54 on Wednesday, April 29, after battling neuroendocrine tumor for two years. He was admitted to Mumbai’s Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani hospital on Tuesday, April 28, where he was kept under observation for colon infection. India’s most recognizable face in the West and an actor who raised the bar in Bollywood left the entire India shocked in 2018 after breaking the news that he had been diagnosed with cancer.
“I trust, I have surrendered” were the words Irrfan wrote in 2018 when he opened up about his fight with cancer. With this note, his family confirmed his death. Irrfan Khan was a man of few words and an actor of silent expressions along with his deep eyes and remarkable memories on screen. He was a great soul and inspired everyone who came close to him in the industry.
The news of Irrfan’s death was initially shared by filmmaker Soojit Sircar on Twitter, “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. Irrfan Khan salute.”
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.
— Shoojit Sircar (@ShoojitSircar) April 29, 2020
Bollywood Celebrities, Politicians and Cricketers Mourn for the Loss of Actor
Politicians, B-town celebs and cricketers mourned Irrfan’s death on social media and called it an unimaginable loss for the Bollywood industry. Among the actors who paid tributes to Irrfan Khan were Amitabh Bachchan, Priyanka Chopra, Taapsee Pannu, Ranganathan Madhavan, Karan Johar, Raveena Tandon, Kajol, Ajay Devgun, Akshay Kumar and Richa Chadha. Politicians like Arvind Kejriwal and Rahul Gandhi also paid tribute to the loss. Cricketers, like Sachin Tendulkar, also mourned for Irrfan’s death.
T 3516 – .. just getting news of the passing of Irfaan Khan .. this is a most disturbing and sad news .. 🙏
An incredible talent .. a gracious colleague .. a prolific contributor to the World of Cinema .. left us too soon .. creating a huge vacuum ..
Prayers and duas 🙏
— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) April 29, 2020
I’m sorry to hear about the passing of Irrfan Khan. A versatile & talented actor, he was a popular Indian brand ambassador on the global film & tv stage. He will be greatly missed. My condolences to his family, friends & fans at this time of grief.
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) April 29, 2020
Thank you for those indelible movie memories….thank you for raising the bar as an artist …thank you for enriching our Cinema….we will miss you terribly Irrfan but will always always be immensely grateful for your presence in our lives…..our cinema….we salute you🙏❤️😪
— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) April 29, 2020
Such terrible news…saddened to hear about the demise of #IrrfanKhan, one of the finest actors of our time. May God give strength to his family in this difficult time 🙏🏻
— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) April 29, 2020
The charisma you brought to everything you did was pure magic. Your talent forged the way for so many in so many avenues.. You inspired so many of us. #IrrfanKhan you will truly be missed. Condolences to the family. pic.twitter.com/vjhd5aoFhc
— PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) April 29, 2020
When we thought nothing could make us feel worse,this happened. I think I will refuse to believe you are no more by watching all your work time n again n again n again. I have known you that way n shall continue to know you that way for ever. You ARE the best we have #IrrfanKhan
— taapsee pannu (@taapsee) April 29, 2020
Irrfan being the eldest of the three siblings joined the National School of Drama after the death of his father. Ironically, Saeeda Begum, Irrfan’s mother, died a few days before Irrfan’s death. His most famous movies including his debut, the Academy Award nominated Salaam Bombay, Maqbool (2004), Paan Singh Tomar (2011), The Lunch Box (2013, Haider (2014), Gunday (2014), Piku (2015), Talvar (2015), Hindi Medium (2017) and Angrezi Medium (2020) were superhit releases.