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Indian actor Irrfan Khan of Slum Dog Millionaire and Life Of Pi and Amazing Spider-Man has died.

 

He passed on after a protracted battle with cancer his publicist announced.

 

Irrfan Khan was diagnosed with a neuroendocrine tumor in 2018.

 

He however died on  Wednesday April 29 after he was admitted to a Mumbai hospital for colon infection.

 

Irrfan was a strong soul, someone who fought till the very end and always inspired everyone who came close to him,” his publicist said in a statement.

Irrfan Khan
Irrfan Khan. Photo: The Strait Times

He spent his final hours “surrounded by his love, his family for whom he most cared about,” another statement released by his family said.

 

Born Sahabzade Irfan Ali Khan in the Indian desert state of Rajasthan on January 7, 1967, Khan quickly discovered his passion for the arts and went on to school in the prestigious National Drama School.

 

His craft was however stifled by the then Bollywood which was fixated with churning out conventional song-and-dance blockbusters.

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Even after landing his first role in “Salaam Bombay”  a 1988 movie by Mira Nair, his scenes were slashed to a Cameo causing him great pain.

 

Albeit these obstacles, Khan continued to hone his skills, sidestepping roles that had the markings of traditional troupe Bollywood movies.

 

He did several stints on television but was considered too unconventional for lead roles.

 

A frustrated Khan caught his first break when British director Asif Kapadia cast him as a mercenary in The Warrior. The 2001 movie quickly became an international success and opened bigger doors to him.

 

Khan is one of Bollywood’s biggest crossover to the western scene.

Irrfan Khan

He featured in several award-winning international films such as The Warrior, Slumdog Millionaire and Life of Pi. In Hollywood, he worked in The Amazing Spider-Man, Inferno and Jurassic World.

The multiple award-winning actor left behind his wife, TV producer Sutapa Sikdar, and sons Babil and Ayan.

 

India’s Prime Minister in a Twitter tribute describes his death as a loss to the world.

See his tweet below

The president of India also took to Twitter to pay tribute to the late Irrfan Khan, describing his death as a big loss to cinema and millions of movie lovers.

Some of his colleagues in the entertainment industry have also taken to Twitter to pay their tributes to the phenomenal actor.

See their tweets below

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