The whole world is saddened after listening to the news of actor Irrfan Khan’s demise on April 29, 2020. Millions of hearts are broken today as his death feels so personal. He was one of the finest actors ever. The kids from the ’80s and the ’90s would remember him as Badrinath and Somnath from TV series Chandrakanta. Irrfan was known for his work predominantly in Bollywood as well as British and American films. With over 30 years of experience in acting, he received numerous awards, including a National Film Award and Filmfare Awards in four categories. Also Read - ‘Better To Be A Chota Rajan’: Irrfan’s Wife Sutapa on Losing Relative Due to COVID-19
Rest in Peace Irrfan Khan, an actor par excellence
Irrfan was a performer par excellence. His acting repertoire earned him an interesting title. With films like Salaam Bombay, Namesake, A Mighty Heart, The Amazing Spider-Man, Slumdog Millionaire, Life Of Pi, Maqbool, Life in a Metro, Pan Singh Tomar, Talvaar, Piku, Karwana, Hindi Medium, and the latest release English Medium, he was arguably the best Indian import Hollywood could ever have. Also Read - Irrfan Khan’s Wife Sutapa Shares Heartbreaking Post on How he died on 11:11 on April 29 Which Comes to ‘11.11.11’
Not surprisingly, the first film that comes to mind when you talk about Irrfan is 1988’s Salaam Bombay where he played the role of a Letter Writer. The film was India’s second submission to be nominated for the Academy Award in the Best Foreign Language Film category. It was among the list of “The Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made” by The New York Times. Also Read - Irrfan Khan's Son Babil Shares Picture From His Chemotherapy Days And a Hand-Written Note by Actor
Irrfan Khan, the man who inspired many
Irrfan was appointed as the brand ambassador for ‘Resurgent Rajasthan’, a campaign by the state government of Rajasthan in 2016. He lent his voice to the light and sound show at the war memorial for the Indian army at Vidhan Sabha Road, Jaipur.
Irrfan was an excellent genius who left his mark quietly, much like the subtle art he created in the films. Clearly, his contribution mattered more than just as an actor in Bollywood. In 2011, he was awarded the Padma Shri, India’s fourth-highest civilian honour for his contribution to the field of arts.
The mild-mannered genius may have breathed his last in Mumbai’s Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani hospital after suffering from a colon infection, but his body of work will continue to resonate.
Although a statement issued by his spokesperson in the early hours of Wednesday had dispelled rumours about his health condition, the confirmation of his demise came later in the day. The actor has been ailing ever since he was diagnosed with a neuroendocrine tumour a while back and has been under medical attention for the same. He even went abroad for treatment.
Expressing condolence, actor Amitabh Bachchan wrote, “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”.
Irrfan Khan was 54 when he breathed his last. His unforgettable legacy will surely remain here forever. RIP Irrfan Khan!