Actor Irrfan Khan who is undergoing treatment for neuroendocrine tumour in London recently announced that he will no longer be able to fulfil his acting commitment to Amazon Prime Original Series Gormint (formerly known as ‘Ministry) due to his ongoing situation. This was a project with the team of All India Bakchod and was one of his most favourite ongoing projects. Sharing the news on Facebook, Irrfan wrote, “After shooting for months, and having a ballistic time on set, I discovered my now ongoing physical condition. With a heavy heart I would like to say that due to his ongoing situation, I will not be able to fulfil my acting commitment to the show”.
“I am gutted by this development because the character and the show thrilled me, and I even lived with the character for several months before having to cut the journey short. But after extensive discussions, workarounds and sincere efforts by everyone involved, the situation prevents me from being able to do the show entirely. And thus I must, at this time, exit stage left,” Irrfan added.
He then went on to wish the team and wrote, “I have complete faith in the creative team to deliver something that is unique and unseen in the Indian satire space so far. I wish them the same good luck and love that they have always wished for me”.
“Irrfan Khan, actor extraordinaire and star of Amazon Prime Original Series, ‘Gormint’ (formerly known as ‘Ministry’) today (Monday) announced the joint decision by the creators and him to no longer be cast in the show owing to his health situation,” director and Head, Content, Amazon Prime Video, India, Vijay Subramaniam said in a statement. “Amazon Prime Video, along with the show’s creators and cast, are deeply saddened by this news. Irrfan has been – and will continue to remain a part of the Amazon family. We wish him a speedy and successful recovery and look forward to watching the show with him sitting right next to us,” he added.
The news of his ill health was informed via social media by Irrfan himself and left everyone in shock. In a recent interview to a leading daily, the actor gave an update on his health and said that he was done with the fourth cycle of chemo and after six cycles he will have a scan. He also thanked his fans and told them whatever the outcome will be, it will be for the best.