Slum­dog Mil­lion­aire star, 54, dies

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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.

Pic­ture: TAYLOR JEWELL/INVISION/AP

STRONG SOUL: Ir­rfan Khan, one of In­dia's best-known ac­tors, died yes­ter­day after be­ing ad­mit­ted to hos­pi­tal with a colon in­fec­tion.

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