Irrfan Khan Made Us a Part of His Grief. It’s His Boldest Role Yet

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Irrfan Khan Made Us a Part of His Grief. It’s His Boldest Role Yet

Illustration: Akshita Monga

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or many, June has been a month of mourning. Barely two weeks ago, the twin suicides of iconic fashion designer Kate Spade, and the patron saint of foodies, Anthony Bourdain, occurred within days of each other. Today, we received another reminder that our heroes are also mere mortals: one of the country’s most treasured thespians, Irrfan Khan, was diagnosed with a rare form of neuroendocrine cancer in February, and spoke about his illness for the first time to The Times of India.

Of course, he made the expected remarks about enjoying each moment, and appreciating people’s prayers – the same truisms we’ve heard from several celebrities, from Selena Gomez to Yuvi, after they’ve emerged from a health crisis. But Khan also went a step further, sharing his experiences with the same unique honesty he brings to the screen.

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