Magazine article Screen International

Indian Actor Irrfan Khan, Star of ‘the Lunchbox’, ‘Life of Pi’, Dies Aged 53

Magazine article Screen International

Indian Actor Irrfan Khan, Star of ‘the Lunchbox’, ‘Life of Pi’, Dies Aged 53

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Award-winning actor announced a cancer diagnosis in 2018.

Indian actor Irrfan Khan has died aged 53 following a two-year battle with cancer.

Khan starred in The Lunchbox, which won the Critics Week Viewers Choice Award at Cannes in 2013, and was also known for his work in international films including Mira Nair’s The Namesake (2006), Slumdog Millionaire (2008), Life Of Pi (2012), The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), Jurassic World (2015) and Inferno (2016).

The actor announced in 2018 that he’d been diagnosed with a neuroendocrine tumour, but made a partial recovery following treatment in London and continued to act in Indian productions such as Angrezi Medium (2020).

He was admitted to Mumbai’s Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital on Tuesday (April 28), where he was under observation for a colon infection. His representatives issued a statement:

“ ‘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.”

Khan won a National Film Award, one of India’s top honours, for his role in biographical sports drama Paan Singh Tomar (2011). His credits in Indian productions also include arthouse titles such as Qissa: The Tale Of A Lonely Ghost (2013), Doob - No Bed Of Roses (2017) and The Song Of Scorpions (2017). …

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