On April 30th, 2021, Bollywood lost one of its most beloved stars – actor and philanthropist, Irrfan Khan. Irrfan had been battling a rare form of cancer for two years and sadly succumbed to the disease at the age of 54.
Who was Irrfan Khan?
Irrfan Khan was a renowned Indian actor who had acted in several Hindi films as well as international movies. Born in Jaipur, Rajasthan, he started his acting career in the late 1980s with small roles in television shows and movies.
Irrfan’s breakthrough came in the early 2000s when he starred in British-Indian film “The Warrior”. He subsequently gained international recognition with his roles in “Slumdog Millionaire”, “Life of Pi” and “The Namesake”.
In India, he was known for his versatile acting skills and had won several awards for his performances. Some of his notable performances include “Paan Singh Tomar”, “Maqbool”, “Piku” and “Hindi Medium”.
Apart from being an accomplished actor, Irrfan was also known for his philanthropic work. He actively supported causes related to education, health and the environment.
He is survived by his wife Sutapa Sikdar and two sons – Babil and Ayan.
Tributes Pour In
After news of Irrfan’s demise broke out, tributes started pouring in from all corners. Bollywood celebrities such as Amitabh Bachchan, Priyanka Chopra and Shah Rukh Khan took to social media to express their condolences.
Even Hollywood celebrities such as Tom Hanks, Natalie Portman and Ang Lee paid tribute to the late actor.
Irrfan Khan will always be remembered for his stellar performances and his contribution to Indian cinema. He was a rare talent who transcended borders and won hearts with his acting prowess.
As we mourn his loss, we also celebrate his life and legacy. Rest in peace, Irrfan Khan.