The movie star died after being admitted to Mumbai’s Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani hospital with a colon infection.
His team had this to say on social media, “Irrfan was a strong soul, someone who fought till the very end and always inspired everyone who came close to him.”
Veteran actor, Amitabh Bachchan jumped online today to describe him as an incredible talent and prolific contributor to the World of Cinema.
Prime Minister, Narendra Modi added, “Khan’s demise is a loss to the world of cinema and theatre.”
Sahabzade Irfan Ali Khan (1967–2020), known professionally as Irrfan Khan or simply Irrfan, was an Indian actor, known predominantly for his work in Hindi cinema, in addition to British and American films.
Cited in the media as one of the finest actors in Indian cinema, Khan’s career spanned over 30 years and earned him numerous accolades, including a National Film Award, an Asian Film Award, and four Filmfare Awards. In 2011, he was awarded the Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian honour.
Khan was born in Rajasthan to a Muslim family of Pathan ancestry. Khan’s mother, Saeeda Begum Khan, and father, Yaseen Ali Khan, were from the Khajuriya village near Rajasthan’s Tonk district, and ran a tyre business. Irrfan was good at cricket and was selected to play in the CK Nayudu Trophy for emerging players in the under-23 category, a tournament seen as a stepping stone to first-class cricket in India. However, he did not attend as he could not afford travel expenses.
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