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Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar Condoles Death Of Irrfan Khan, Calls Him An 'inspiration'

Indian Film director and producer Madhur Bhandarkar condoled the death of actor Irrfan Khan calling him an 'inspiration' not only in India but abroad as well

Madhur Bhandarkar

Indian Film director and producer Madhur Bhandarkar on Wednesday condoled the death of actor Irrfan Khan calling him an 'inspiration' not only in India but abroad as well. 

"Very sad to hear the demise of Irrfan Khan. Very talented, down-to-earth, and humorous personality. I have learned a lot from him. He has been such an inspiration for so many actors, not only in India but abroad also. He had made a mark over there also," he said.  

Actor Irrfan Khan passed away at the Kokilaben Ambani Hospital in Mumbai on Wednesday aged 53. The actor, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2018, had been admitted for a colon infection on Tuesday. Irrfan had announced in 2018 that he was suffering from euroendocrine tumour, a type of cancer. He was under treatment in the UK before his return to India last year. 

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His team announced the news with a statement from him:

“I trust, I have surrendered”; These were the some of the many words that Irrfan expressed in a heart felt note he wrote in 2018 opening up about his fight with cancer. And a man of few words and an actor of silent expressions with his deep eyes and  his memorable actions on screen. It’s saddening that this day, we have to bring forward the news of him passing away. Irrfan was a strong soul, someone who fought till the very end and always inspired everyone who came close to him. After having been struck by lightning in 2018 with the news of a rare cancer, he took life soon after as it came and he fought the many battles that came with it. Surrounded by his love, his family for whom he most cared about, he left for heaven abode, leaving behind truly a legacy of his own. We all pray and hope that he is at peace. And to resonate and part with his words he had said, “As if I was tasting life for the first time, the magical side of it”.

Irrfan had shot to fame with Mira Nair’s Academy-nominated 'Salaam Bombay' in 1988.  The turning points in his career, however, were the critically acclaimed roles in 'Haasil' and 'Maqbool' at the start of the millennium.

Irrfan Khan had won the National Award for his work for 'Paan Singh Tomar'. He was known for his numerous other acclaimed works in films like 'Haasil', 'Maqbool', 'The Namesake', 'The Lunchbox', 'Talwar', 'Piku' and 'Hindi Medium' that fetched him numerous awards. 

He was notable for his work in Hollywood, with roles like in 'Slumdog Millionaire',  'The Amazing Spider-Man', 'The Life of Pi' and 'The Namesake' and 'Inferno'.

Irrfan was last seen in 'Angrezi Medium', the last major film to release before the COVID-19, and earned praises from celebrities after its digital premiere.

Read:Actor Irrfan Khan Passes Away In Mumbai Hospital; Team Releases Statement



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