Irrfan Khan no more: Remembering Bollywood’s actor extraordinaire who became nation's pride in the West
New Delhi | Jagran Entertainment Desk: Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan on Wednesday breathed his last after he was admitted to Kokilaben hospital in Mumbai yesterday with a colon infection. He was 53 years old and was survived by his wife and two children. Irrfan was suffering from neuroendocrine tumour - a rare form of cancer.
Born as Sahabzade Irfan Ali Khan in Jaipur, Rajasthan to a Muslim family, Irrfan was a skilled cricket player in his early years, but cannot take it up as career because of financial problems. He later focused on acting and at the age of 17 years, he earned a scholarship to the National School of Acting in New Delhi.
Later Irrfan Khan moved to Mumbai, and started acting in TV serials on Doordarshan and Star Plus, including Shrikant, AnooGoonj, Bharat Ek Khoj and Sparsh among others. Irrfan also acted in a famous teleplay by Doordarshan named Laal Ghaas Par Neele Ghode where he played Lenin and his role was liked by many,
which was based on a translation by Uday Prakash of a Russian play by Mikhail Shatrov and his role was liked by many. He also played the main villain in a series called Darr where he played the role of a psycho serial killer, opposite Kay Kay Menon. Irrfan also hosted a very successful supernatural-based show Mano Ya Naa Mano.
After working in TV serials, Irrfan got his first break in Bollywood film Salaam Bombay in 1988, helmed by Mira Nair. But it was just the beginning of the supernova of talent he would become in the coming years. Afterwards he received critical acclaim for playing negative roles in films like Haasil, released in 2003 and Maqbool, released in 2004, which also starred Pankaj Kapur and Tabu. He also won the Filmfare Award for best villain for Haasil.
Later he acted in films like Aan, Road to Ladakh and Rog and established himself as a crowd puller. His approach to try new experiments also made him a favourable choice for the Indian directors and producers.
Later, Irrfan’s career marked a turning point with the release of Life in a… Metro, and he received praise and several awards including the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor. His films like The Namesake, The Darjeeling Limited, Mumbai Meri Jaan, Slumdog Millionaire and Saat Khoon Maaf created a separate fan base for the iconic actor.
In 2011, Irrfan Khan rose to prominence with the release of Paan Singh Tomar, in which he created new landmarks for acting. The film garnered him the National Film Award for Best Actor and a Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor. Khan went on to feature in the commercially and critically successful films Haider, Gunday, Piku and Talvar.
His highest-grossing Hindi release came with the critically acclaimed comedy-drama Hindi Medium, which became a sleeper hit in India and China. He also won the Filmfare Award for Best Actor for Hindi Medium. He was last seen in Angrezi Medium, which is still running in cinema halls.
Irrfan Khan acting prowess was also witnessed in the Hollywood industry as the iconic actor worked in some international films including The Warrior, The Namesake, the Academy Award-winning film Slumdog Millionaire, New York, I Love You, The Amazing Spider-Man, Life of Pi, Jurassic World and Inferno.
In 2018, Irrfan Khan was diagnosed with a neuroendocrine tumor -- a rare form of cancer - and had soon went abroad for treatment. Months ago, he came back after treatment and resumed his acting career.
Posted By: Talib Khan