One of the best crossovers in India, a prolific contributor in the world of cinema, the man with few words and silent expressions, Sahabzade Irfan Ali Khan, known professionally as Irrfan Khan, finally loses his battle against a cancerous tumor and breathed his last at the Intensive Care Unit of Mumbai’s Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital on April 29. The actor’s passing away has left not a heart unbroken.
Khan was diagnosed with High-Grade Neuroendocrine cancer in London in 2018 and since then his health was on the decline. He had been traveling to London frequently for treatment. “I trust I have surrendered”, these were some of the many words he expressed in 2018 opening up his disease.
In 2019, his health was refined and he shot for his last film ‘Angrezi Medium’, which couldn’t hit the theatres due to lockdown but was released on the OTT platform. During its release, Khan had to skip promotions due to his poor health condition.
In 1984 Irrfan earned a scholarship to the National School of Acting in New Delhi. He made his film debut with a small role in Salaam Bombay (1988). In 2001, Khan got a top-billing role in the British film The Warrior and got widespread recognition. Then his big break came in 2008 – Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire which won eight Oscars including the Best Picture. Globally, Versatile Khan was also known for New York, I Love You (2009), The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), Life of Pi (2012), Jurassic World (2015) and Inferno (2016).
In a spanning of 30 years, Sahabjade won four Filmfare awards for Haasil (2004), Life In A Metro(2008), Paan Singh Tomar(2013), Hindi Medium(2018); he was awarded PADMA SHRI (India’s fourth-highest civilian honor) in 2011 in the category of Arts and in the same year he also won the National Film Award in the category of best actor.
The actor who lost his mother just four days before his demise uttered his last words which made the entire nation sob was, “Amma Yahin Hain, Mujhe Lene Aai Hain”. He went through his last hours surrounded by his family and relatives whom he mostly cared about.