Today we lost another jewel of Indian cinema as well as an international artist. Irrfan Khan passed away today at a hospital in Mumbai, where he was admitted for colon infection. The 53-year-old actor had been battling cancer since 2018. Irrfan is survived by his wife Sutapa Sikdar and sons – Babil and Ayan. Praising his husband and his work, once Sutapa told,
"He was always focused. I remember when he would come home, he would head straight for the bedroom, sit on the floor, and read books. The rest of us would be hanging around gossiping... Once he dragged me to a police station in Mumbai to understand the procedure."
Sahabzade Irfan Ali Khan was born in Rajasthan, India on 7 January 1967. Irrfan Khan made his screen debut with the Academy Award-nominated film Salaam Bombay! (1988). He received critical acclaim for playing negative roles in the drama films Haasil (2003) and Maqbool (2004), for the former he won the Filmfare Award for Best Villain. Khan had received numerous awards, including a National Film Award and Filmfare Awards in four categories. Film critics, contemporaries and other experts consider him to be one of the finest actors in Indian cinema for his versatile and natural acting. In 2011, he was awarded the Padma Shri, India's fourth-highest civilian honour.
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".
In a career spanning over thirty years Irrfan Khan acted in more than 50 domestic films. Some of the greatest hits are Haasil (2003), Maqbool (2004), Life in a... Metro (2008), Mumbai Meri Jaan (2009), New York (2010), 7 Khoon Maaf (2012), Paan Singh Tomar (2013), The Lunchbox (2013), Haider (2015), Piku (2016), Hindi Medium (2018). His last film 'English Medium' was released on 13 March 2020. But due to lockdown it just ran for a week in theatres.
Globally, Khan worked in several international projects such as The Warrior (2001), The Namesake (2006), The Darjeeling Limited (2007), the Academy Award-winning film Slumdog Millionaire (2008), New York, I Love You (2009), The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), Life of Pi (2012), Jurassic World (2015) and Inferno (2016).
It's awful to remember that Irrfan Khan's mother Saeeda Begum died in Jaipur last week and due to Corona Virus lockdown the actor could not attend. The Life Of Pi actor's mother was aged at 95 and succumbed to age-related illnesses on Saturday (April 25).