Indian Actor and Life of Pi Star Was 53 – Variety


Irrfan Khan, the wide-eyed actor who loved artwork home acclaim in his native India and crossover-success with main Hollywood roles together with “Life of Pi,” “Jurassic World” and “Inferno,” died on Wednesday. He was 53.

Khan, was beforehand identified with a neuroendocrine tumour in 2018 and underwent intensive therapy in London. He recovered effectively sufficient to shoot what would change into his final movie “Angrezi Medium,” the discharge of which was abruptly reduce quick as a result of unfold of the coronavirus pandemic in March.

On Tuesday, he was admitted into the intensive care unit of Mumbai’s Kokilaben hospital with a colon an infection.

After a quick stint in tv, Khan made his movie debut with a cameo in 1988 with Mira Nair’s Oscar-nominated “Salaam Bombay.” He returned to Indian tv for the subsequent decade. He shot to international prominence enjoying the lead in Asif Kapadia’s BAFTA winner “The Warrior” in 2001.

His main breakthrough in Indian cinema was in 2004 the place he performed Macbeth in Vishal Bharadwaj’s “Maqbool” and the antagonist in Tigmanshu Dhulia’s “Haasil.” In 2011, his flip as a soldier-turned-bandit in Dhulia’s “Paan Singh Tomar” earned him India’s Nationwide Award for greatest actor.

Internationally, Khan’s most seen performances embrace “Slumdog Millionaire,” “Life of Pi,” “The Namesake,” “Jurassic World,” “The Wonderful Spider-Man” and “Inferno.” He starred in 2017 movie “The Music of Scorpions,” a Variety award nominee on the Locarno Pageant.

Khan’s mom handed away in Jaipur just a few days in the past and he needed to witness the funeral remotely through video hyperlink from Mumbai as a result of ongoing coronavirus lockdown in India.

Filmmaker Karan Johar tweeted: “Thanks for these indelible film recollections….thanks for elevating the bar as an artist …thanks for enriching our Cinema….we are going to miss you terribly Irrfan however will at all times at all times be immensely grateful to your presence in our lives…..our cinema….we salute you.”

“An unimaginable expertise .. a gracious colleague, a prolific contributor to the World of Cinema, left us too quickly, creating an enormous vacuum,” tweeted veteran Indian actor Amitabh Bachchan.

He’s survived by his spouse Sutapa and sons Babil and Ayan.



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