Slumdog Millionaire star, 54, dies
MUMBAI: Irrfan Khan, a veteran character actor in Bollywood movies and one of India’s best-known exports to Hollywood, has died.
He was 54.
Khan played the police inspector in Slumdog Millionaire and the park executive Masrani in Jurassic World.
He also appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man and the adventure fantasy, Life of Pi.
Khan died yesterday after being admitted to Mumbai’s Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani hospital with a colon infection.
“Irrfan was a strong soul, someone who fought until the very end and always inspired everyone who came close to him,” a statement released by the actor’s team said.
Khan made his screen debut in the Academy Awardnominated 1988 drama Salaam Bombay! – a tale of Mumbai’s street children. He worked with directors Mira Nair, Wes Anderson and Ang Lee.
He was diagnosed in 2018 with a rare neuroendocrine cancer and underwent months of treatment in the United Kingdom. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted that “Khan’s demise is a loss to the world of cinema and theatre”. Khan is survived by his wife, TV writer and producer Sutapa Sikdar, and sons Babil and Ayan.
STRONG SOUL: Irrfan Khan, one of India's best-known actors, died yesterday after being admitted to hospital with a colon infection.