Irrfan Khan

Gone Too Soon: Irrfan Khan Dies Aged 53

Irrfan Khan has unfortunately passed away today. The actor, who has been a mainstay in Indian Cinema for decades and also found considerable success in Hollywood was only 53 years old. He had been admitted to the intensive care unit of Mumbai’s Kokilaben hospital on Tuesday with a colon infection.

In 2018, Irrfan Khan revealed that he had been diagnosed with neuroendocrine tumour. But over the past year or so, he seemed to be on the road to recovery after extensive treatment. Things looked especially positive when he began to shoot for director Homi Adajania’s Angrezi Medium, a film that would’ve been playing in theatres right now if it wasn’t for the COVID-19.

To those only familiar with English movies, Irrfan Khan will be remembered for his supporting roles in Slumdog Millionaire, Life of Pie and Jurassic World. But his great performances have always come out of India. The likes of Piku, The Lunchbox and Talvar showcase his tremendous dramatic chops and his comedic flair as well.

Over the past hour or so, many have taken to social media to express just how much the actor meant to them, not just as a performer but as a comrade.