Bollywood Star Irfan Khan Dies At Age 53 From Neuroendocrine Cancer

Irrfan Khan Dies at Age 53 from Neuroendocrine Cancer


Bollywood Star Irrfan Khan Dies at Age 53 from tumours related to Neuroendocrine Cancer. Irfan was known to seek treatment in London since 2018.He had noted roles in Bollywood & Hollywood success such as Jurassic World, Slumdog Millionaire & Life of Pi. I had recently seen him in Billu Barber, a lesser know movie but the performance was powerful. Rest In Peace.

Acclaimed Indian actor Irrfan Khan, whose international movie career included hits such as Slumdog Millionaire, Life of Pi and The Amazing Spider-Man, has died aged 53, his publicist said.

Khan, who was diagnosed with a neuroendocrine tumour in 2018, died on Wednesday after he was admitted in a Mumbai hospital for colon infection. He was 53.

“Irrfan was a strong soul, someone who fought till the very end and always inspired everyone who came close to him,” his publicist said in a statement.


He spent his final hours “surrounded by his love, his family for whom he most cared about,” a statement released by his family said.

The actor had spent several months last year in the United Kingdom undergoing cancer treatment.

His mother Saeeda Begum died four days ago on April 25.

Azmi Shabana


Deeply saddened to learn that #Irffan Khan passed away this morning. Gone too soon .. such a powerful actor and how valiantly he fought back the cancer. Its a big loss not only to his family but to the entire film industry. RIP

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He is survived by his wife, TV producer Sutapa Sikdar, and sons Babil and Ayan.

One of the best crossover actors

Born Sahabzade Irfan Ali Khan in the Indian desert state of Rajasthan on January 7, 1967, Khan discovered an early passion for acting and studied at the elite National School of Drama.

But his training in Shakespeare and Chekhov did little to ease his entry into the Hindi film industry, which was largely focused at the time on churning out formulaic song-and-dance blockbusters.

Narendra Modi


Irrfan Khan’s demise is a loss to the world of cinema and theatre. He will be remembered for his versatile performances across different mediums. My thoughts are with his family, friends and admirers. May his soul rest in peace.

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Even as he landed a role in 1988’s Salaam Bombay – directed by first-timer Mira Nair – his part was slashed to a cameo.

He sobbed for hours when he found out about the cuts, he told India’s Open magazine. “It changed something within me. I was prepared for anything after that,” he said.

Khan poses with his Best Actor trophy during the Asian Film Awards in Macau on March 27, 2014 [Philippe Lopez/AFP]

Irrfan Khan: Life in pictures

Television roles followed, along with a handful of bit parts in Bollywood, where producers routinely dismissed him as looking too unconventional to play the lead.

By the time British director Asif Kapadia cast him as a mercenary in The Warrior, he was ready to quit acting, frustrated over the direction of his career.

But, in a sign of the global success that lay in wait, the 2001 film racked up awards and won Khan praise – including in India, where a new generation of directors was eager to experiment with fresh storylines.

His drama school training came in handy when he was cast in Maqbool and Haider – contemporary Hindi adaptations of Macbeth and Hamlet.

But he also charmed audiences in lighter fare such as Piku, featuring Bollywood superstars Amitabh Bachchan and Deepika Padukone, and The Lunchbox, in which he played a lonely accountant in love with a housewife.

‘An incredible talent’

The tall and lanky actor won India’s national award for his performance in Paan Singh Tomar. He was also awarded with Padma Shri, one of the country’s highest civilian honours.

Kamal Haasan


Too soon to leave @irrfank Ji. Your work always left me in awe. You’re one of the finest actors I know, I wish you stayed longer. You deserved more time. Strength to the family at this time.

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Khan was among the first Indian actors to make a consistent mark in Western cinema, following earlier crossover pioneers like Saeed Jaffrey, Roshan Seth and Om Puri.

He featured in several award-winning international films such as The Warrior, Slumdog Millionaire and Life of Pi. In Hollywood, he worked in The Amazing Spider-Man, Inferno and Jurassic World.

Khan consciously sidestepped traditional Bollywood tropes, focusing on the subtleties of his craft.

This allowed him to carve out a stellar career in Hollywood as well, where he collaborated with Oscar-winning directors such as Danny Boyle and Ang Lee and appeared in the HBO show In Treatment.

The actor was last seen in Bollywood comedy, Angrezi Medium, which was released in March.

Rahul Gandhi


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.

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“An incredible talent,” said Amitabh Bachchan in one of many Twitter tributes.

“A gracious colleague. A prolific contributor to the world of cinema… left us too soon creating a huge vacuum,” said the veteran actor.

Filmmaker Karan Johar said, “Thank you for raising the bar as an artist … Thank you for enriching our cinema… We will miss you terribly, Irrfan.”



Irrfan Khan



Sahabzade Irfan Ali Khan (7 January 1967 – 29 April 2020)[2] 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,[3][4] 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.[5]

Khan made his film debut with a small role in Salaam Bombay! (1988), which was followed by years of struggle. After starring in the British film The Warrior (2001), he had his breakthrough with starring roles in the dramas Haasil (2003) and Maqbool (2004). He went on to gain critical acclaim for his roles in The Namesake (2006), Life in a… Metro (2007), and Paan Singh Tomar (2011). For portraying the title character in the last of these, he won the National Film Award for Best Actor. Further success came for his starring roles in The Lunchbox (2013), Piku (2015), and Talvar (2015) and he had supporting roles in the Hollywood films The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), Life of Pi (2012), Jurassic World (2015), and Inferno (2016).[6][7] His highest-grossing Hindi film release came with the comedy-drama Hindi Medium (2017), which won him the Filmfare Award for Best Actor. His final appearance was in its sequel Angrezi Medium (2020).[8]

As of 2017, his films have grossed $3.6 billion at the worldwide box office.[9] In 2018, Khan was diagnosed with a neuroendocrine tumour.[10][11] He died at the age of 53 on 29 April 2020 due to a colon infection.[2] Khan was described by Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian as “a distinguished and charismatic star in Hindi- and English-language movies whose hardworking career was an enormously valuable bridge between South Asian and Hollywood cinema”.[7]

Early life
Khan was born in Rajasthan to a Muslim family of Pathan ancestry.[12][13] Khan’s mother, Saeeda Begum Khan and his father, the late Yaseen Ali Khan, were from the Khajuriya village near the Tonk district and ran a tire business.[14][15][16][17] Irrfan and his best friend Satish Sharma were good at cricket and later, Irrfan was selected for the CK Nayudu Tournament for emerging players under 23 years as a stepping stone to first-class cricket in India. However, he could not turn up for the tournament owing to lack of funds.[18]

Khan completed his MA in Jaipur before joining National School of Drama (NSD) in New Delhi in 1984 to study acting.[19][20]

See also: Irrfan Khan filmography
Khan moved to Mumbai, where he acted in numerous television serials, including Chanakya, Bharat Ek Khoj, Sara Jahan Hamara, Banegi Apni Baat, Chandrakanta, Shrikant, AnooGoonj on Doordarshan, Star Bestsellers (Star Plus), and Sparsh.[21] Earlier, he had acted in a teleplay on Doordarshan named Laal Ghaas Par Neele Ghode where he played Lenin.[22] It was based on a translation by Uday Prakash of a Russian play by Mikhail Shatrov.[23] He was the main villain in a series called Darr (which aired on Star Plus), where he played the role of a psycho serial killer, opposite Kay Kay Menon.[23] He also played the role of famous revolutionary Urdu poet and Marxist political activist of India Makhdoom Mohiuddin in Kahkashan, produced by Ali Sardar Jafri.[23] He acted in some of the episodes of Star Bestsellers (aired on Star-Plus). He also appeared in a serial called Bhanvar (aired on SET India) for two episodes. He had a cameo in Mira Nair’s Salaam Bombay! (1988) though his role was edited out in the final film. He then featured opposite Roopa Ganguly in Basu Chatterjee’s critically acclaimed drama film Kamla Ki Maut (1989).[24]

In the 1990s, he appeared in the critically acclaimed films Ek Doctor Ki Maut and Such a Long Journey (1998) and various other films which went unnoticed. In 1998, Khan played role of “Rantnakar” the Bandit in Sanjay Khan’s serial “Jay Hanuman”. After many unsuccessful films, things changed when London-based director Asif Kapadia gave him the lead in The Warrior, a historical film completed in 11 weeks on location in Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan. In 2001, The Warrior opened in international film festivals, making Khan a known face.[25]

Between 2003 and 2004, he acted in Ashvin Kumar’s short film, Road to Ladakh. After the film received rave reviews at international festivals,[26] the film was being made into a full-length feature starring Khan.[27] That same year he played the title role in the critically acclaimed Maqbool, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth.[28]

His first Bollywood lead role came in 2005 with film Rog. His performance was praised by critics; one wrote, “Irfaan’s eyes speak louder than his words and every time he is in frame, be it talking to his buddy Manish or arguing with Suhel, he shows his capability as an actor”.[29] Thereafter he appeared in several films either playing the leading role or a supporting role as a villain. In 2004 he won the Filmfare Best Villain Award for his role in film Haasil. Critics praised his performance in Haasil, saying that “as the ambitious, brash, fearless goon who is mind-blowing. He is outright scary and makes you sit up, wondering what he’ll do next”.[30] He also played an antagonist in the Telugu film Sainikudu.[31]

In 2007, he appeared in the box office hits Metro, for which he received a Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award, and The Namesake. His chemistry with Konkana Sen in Metro was one of the highlights of the multi-star movie. They were closely followed by his appearance in the international films A Mighty Heart and The Darjeeling Limited.[32]

Irrfan Khan at premiere of The Namesake with Tabu
Even after his success in Bollywood, he has continued his television career. He anchored a show Mano Ya Na Mano (airing on STAR One). He hosted another programme named Kyaa Kahein which was similar to Mano Ya Na Mano.[33]

In 2008, he was featured as a narrator in an Arts Alliance production, id – Identity of the Soul. The performance toured worldwide, with tens of thousands turning out to see the event as it toured the West Bank. He also plays the police inspector in the 2008 film Slumdog Millionaire, for which he and the cast of the movie won a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. About him, Danny Boyle said, “he has an instinctive way of finding the ‘moral center’ of any character, so that in Slumdog, we believe the policeman might actually conclude that Jamal is innocent. Boyle compares him to an athlete who can execute the same move perfectly over and over. ‘It’s beautiful to watch.’”[34]

In 2009, he featured in the film Acid Factory. Khan has stated that he wants to do more action films in the future.[35] He also appeared as an FBI agent in New York and as a Gujarati diamond merchant in New York, I Love You. His film, Paan Singh Tomar, about real-life athlete turned dacoit, for which he won the National Film Award for Best Actor.[36]

In 2010, he worked on the third season of the HBO series In Treatment, enacting the part of Sunil, who is finding it difficult to come to terms with his wife’s death and loneliness after moving to New York.[37]

Khan played Dr. Rajit Ratha in The Amazing Spider-Man in 2012.[38] Khan played the adult version of Piscine “Pi” Molitor Patel in Ang Lee’s film adaptation of Life of Pi, which became a critical and commercial success worldwide. In 2013, he starred in The Lunchbox, which won the Grand Rail d’Or at Cannes Film Festival and received a BAFTA nomination, and became his highest-grossing Hindi film up until then.[39]

In 2014, Khan appeared in Gunday, which was a moderate box office success. He also made guest appearances in the films The Xpose and Haider, playing an important role in the latter. In 2015, he played the lead role in the film Piku alongside Deepika Padukone and Amitabh Bachchan. Khan co-starred in the 2015 film Jurassic World. In the same year, he also appeared in the acclaimed thriller Talvar in which his performance was praised. He appeared in Jazbaa in October 2015 alongside Aishwarya Rai which was very well received by critics. He was next seen alongside Tom Hanks in the 2016 adaptation of Dan Brown’s Robert Langdon thriller Inferno.[40]

In 2017, Khan appeared in two films, Hindi Medium and Qarib Qarib Singlle. The former was commercially and critically successful, while the latter was an average grosser. Khan’s portrayal as Raj Batra in Hindi Medium earned him several accolades, one of which was the Filmfare Award for Best Actor.[41] Hindi Medium became a sleeper hit in India and China, becoming his highest-grossing Hindi release, surpassing The Lunchbox.[39] He also starred in No Bed of Roses (2017).[42] As of 2017, his films have grossed US$3.643 billion at the worldwide box office.[9]

In 2018, Khan appeared in Karwan, with Dulquer Salmaan, Mithila Palkar and Kriti Kharbanda. The film released on 1 June 2018. He also appeared in Blackmail opposite Kirti Kulhari in the same year.[43][44]

Khan’s final film appearance was in Angrezi Medium, directed by Homi Adajania who directed Cocktail and Finding Fanny along with Kareena Kapoor Khan, Radhika Madan and Deepak Dobriyal. The film was released on 13 March 2020.[45]

Other work
In September 2015, he was appointed as the brand ambassador for “Resurgent Rajasthan”, a campaign by the state government of Rajasthan.[46] He lent his voice to the light and sound show at the war memorial for the Indian army at Vidhan Sabha Road, Jaipur. This show portrays the valour and courage of the Rajasthani soldiers and their historic and modern triumphs in battle.[47]

Personal life
In February 1995, Khan married writer and fellow NSD graduate Sutapa Sikdar. They had two sons.[48]

In 2012, he changed his name from Irfan to Irrfan; he said he liked the sound of the extra r in his name.[49] He later dropped Khan from his name because—according to a 2016 interview—he wanted his work to define him, not his lineage.[50]

Illness and death
In March 2018, Khan revealed via a tweet that he had been diagnosed with a neuroendocrine tumor.[51] He sought treatment in the UK for a year, returning in February 2019.[52]

He was admitted to Mumbai’s Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital on 28 April 2020, where he started receiving treatment for a colon infection. He died the following day at age 53, from the infection, four days after his mother’s death in Jaipur.[52]


बॉलीवुड स्टार इरफान खान न्यूरोएंडोक्राइन कैंसर से संबंधित ट्यूमर से उम्र 53 पर मर जाते हैं। इरफान को 2018 से लंदन में इलाज के लिए जाना जाता था। उन्होंने बॉलीवुड और हॉलीवुड की सफलता में जुरासिक वर्ल्ड, स्लमडॉग मिलियनेयर एंड लाइफ ऑफ पाई जैसी महत्वपूर्ण भूमिकाएं निभाई थीं। मैंने हाल ही में उन्हें बिल्लू बार्बर में देखा था, जो एक कम जानते फिल्म थी, लेकिन प्रदर्शन शक्तिशाली था। शांति से आराम करें।

उनके प्रचारक ने कहा कि भारतीय अभिनेता इरफान खान, जिनके अंतर्राष्ट्रीय फिल्म करियर में स्लमडॉग मिलियनेयर, लाइफ ऑफ पाई और द अमेजिंग स्पाइडर मैन जैसी हिट फिल्में शामिल हैं, की मृत्यु 53 वर्ष की आयु में हो चुकी है।

खान को 2018 में न्यूरोएंडोक्राइन ट्यूमर होने का पता चला था, बुधवार को कोलोन संक्रमण के लिए मुंबई के एक अस्पताल में भर्ती होने के बाद उनका निधन हो गया। वह 53 वर्ष के थे।

उनके प्रचारक ने एक बयान में कहा, “इरफान एक मजबूत आत्मा थे, कोई ऐसा व्यक्ति जो अंत तक लड़ता रहा और हमेशा अपने करीबी लोगों को प्रेरित करता रहा।”

इरफान खान के साथ एक पर
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उनके परिवार ने जारी एक बयान में कहा, उन्होंने अपने अंतिम घंटों को “अपने प्यार, अपने परिवार से घिरा हुआ था, जिनके लिए उन्होंने सबसे ज्यादा परवाह की।”

अभिनेता ने पिछले साल कई महीनों तक यूनाइटेड किंगडम में कैंसर के इलाज के दौरान बिताया था।

उनकी मां सईदा बेगम का चार दिन पहले 25 अप्रैल को निधन हो गया था।

आजमी शबाना

✔ @ AzmiShabana

यह जानकर बहुत दुःख हुआ कि आज सुबह # इरफान खान का निधन हो गया। जल्द ही चला गया .. इस तरह के एक शक्तिशाली अभिनेता और कैसे वह कैंसर से लड़े। यह न केवल उनके परिवार के लिए बल्कि पूरे फिल्म उद्योग के लिए एक बड़ी क्षति है। आरआईपी


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वह अपनी पत्नी, टीवी निर्माता सुतापा सिकदर और बेटों बबील और अयान से बचे हैं।

सर्वश्रेष्ठ क्रॉसओवर अभिनेताओं में से एक
7 जनवरी, 1967 को भारतीय रेगिस्तानी राज्य राजस्थान में जन्मे साहबज़ादे इरफ़ान अली ख़ान ने अभिनय के लिए एक शुरुआती जुनून की खोज की और एलीट नेशनल स्कूल ऑफ़ ड्रामा में अध्ययन किया।

लेकिन शेक्सपियर और चेखव में उनके प्रशिक्षण ने हिंदी फिल्म उद्योग में उनके प्रवेश को कम करने के लिए बहुत कम किया, जो कि बड़े पैमाने पर फॉर्मूला गीत और नृत्य ब्लॉकबस्टर पर मंथन के समय केंद्रित था।

नरेंद्र मोदी

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इरफान खान का निधन सिनेमा और रंगमंच की दुनिया के लिए एक क्षति है। उन्हें विभिन्न माध्यमों में उनके बहुमुखी प्रदर्शन के लिए याद किया जाएगा। मेरे विचार उनके परिवार, दोस्तों और प्रशंसकों के साथ हैं। उनकी आत्मा को शांति मिले।


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यहां तक ​​कि जब उन्होंने 1988 के सलाम बॉम्बे में पहली भूमिका वाली मीरा नायर द्वारा निर्देशित भूमिका निभाई थी – तो उनका हिस्सा एक कैमियो तक गिर गया था।

उन्होंने कट के बारे में पता चलने पर घंटों तक सोशल मीडिया पर भारत की ओपन मैगजीन को बताया। “इसने मेरे भीतर कुछ बदल दिया है। मैं उसके बाद कुछ भी करने के लिए तैयार था, ”उन्होंने कहा।

खान 27 मार्च, 2014 को मकाऊ में एशियाई फिल्म पुरस्कारों के दौरान अपने सर्वश्रेष्ठ अभिनेता की ट्रॉफी के साथ पोज़ देते हैं [फिलिप लोपेज़ / एएफएस]
अधिक पढ़ें
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बॉलीवुड में कुछ हिस्सों के साथ टेलीविजन की भूमिकाओं का पालन किया गया, जहां निर्माताओं ने मुख्य भूमिका निभाने के लिए उसे अपरंपरागत रूप से खारिज कर दिया।

जब तक ब्रिटिश निर्देशक आसिफ कपाड़िया ने उन्हें द वारियर में एक भाड़े के कलाकार के रूप में चुना, तब तक वह अपने करियर की दिशा से निराश होकर अभिनय छोड़ने को तैयार थे।

लेकिन, वैश्विक सफलता के एक संकेत के इंतजार में, 2001 की फिल्म ने पुरस्कारों की रैकिंग की और खान की प्रशंसा की – जिसमें भारत भी शामिल था, जहां नई पीढ़ी के निर्देशक नई कहानियों के साथ प्रयोग करने के लिए उत्सुक थे।

मकबूल और हैदर – मैकबेथ और हैमलेट के समकालीन हिंदी रूपांतरणों में डाले जाने पर उनका ड्रामा स्कूल प्रशिक्षण काम आया।

लेकिन उन्होंने बॉलीवुड सुपरस्टार अमिताभ बच्चन और दीपिका पादुकोण, और द लंचबॉक्स की विशेषता जैसे पिकू में दर्शकों को लुभाया।

Talent एक अविश्वसनीय प्रतिभा ‘
लंबे और लंके हुए अभिनेता ने पान सिंह तोमर में अपने प्रदर्शन के लिए भारत का राष्ट्रीय पुरस्कार जीता। उन्हें देश के सर्वोच्च नागरिक सम्मान पद्म श्री से भी सम्मानित किया गया था।

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