Irrfan Khan, star of 'Slumdog Millionaire,' dead at 53


For a man who surpassed expectations each time he came on screen, cinephiles would certainly be obliged for life's gift that Irrfan was and will always be, even while wondering what more he could have bequeathed to the art and craft of cinema.

"After having been struck by lightning in 2018 with the news of a rare cancer, he fought the many battles that came with it".

On Wednesday, when Khan's family broke the distressing news of his demise, the dialogue rang in the ears of many of his fans, who were left numb upon hearing the unexpected.

Expressing grief on the death of the versatile actor, film director Shoojit Sircar tweeted: "My dear friend Irfaan". And to resonate and part with his words he had said, "As if I was tasting life for the first time, the magical side of it". He died in Mumbai earlier today, after being admitted to intensive care on Tuesday. The post read, "I'm deeply grateful for all the condolences you handsome friends are pouring in for me. He was strong in his fight, and we all have to be strong too in this loss", said a statement issued by his family. Peace and Om shanti.

Actor Raveena Tandon tweeted that Khan was a "fantastic co-star, an actor par excellence, and a attractive human being". From there Khan's career continued to flourish, with 2003 bringing his award-winning turn as the villainous Ranvijay Singh in Haasil, and seeing him take the lead in Maqbool - a version of Macbeth set in the criminal underworld of Mumbai.

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In 2001, the adventure drama took global film festivals by storm, making Irrfan Khan a known face, world over. By then, he'd already played the lead in British filmmaker Asif Kapadia's The Warrior - a UK-India-France-Germany co-production - in addition to roles in Nair's The Namesake, Wes Anderson's The Darjeeling Limited and Michael Winterbottom's A Mighty Heart.

In 2018, Khan's health began to deteriorate when he was diagnosed with a neuroendocrine tumour.

He's known for a range of characters, appearing in several memorable flicks such as The Lunchbox, Haider, Piku, Blackmail, Hindi Medium, amongst others. Irrfan, who was undergoing treatment for cancer in London, returned to the English capital after wrapping Angrezi Medium.

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

He was 53 and is survived by his wife, Sutapa Sikdar and two sons, Babil and Ayan.