“I Trust I Have Surrendered”: Irrfan Khan’s Death Feels So Personal

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“I Trust I Have Surrendered”: Irrfan Khan’s Death Feels So Personal

Illustration: Palak Bansal

Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan has died at the age of 54, after being admitted to Mumbai’s Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, where he was under observation for colon infection. The actor had been undergoing a long and painful battle with neuroendocrine tumour, which he announced to the world in 2018. He is survived by his wife Sutapa and sons, Babil and Ayan.

“Irffan was a strong soul, someone who fought till the very end and always inspired anyone who came close to him… 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,” the actor’s family said in a statement announcing his demise.

The news of the Khan’s death has left the industry and his fans heartbroken. Tributes poured in for one of India’s most versatile actors from Bollywood and beyond. Director Shekhar Kapoor described him as India’s most successful export to Hollywood and a man loved by all.

Filmmaker Shoojit Sircar, who directed Khan in Piku, gave condolences to his family and expressed pride over how Irrfan fought through his condition. “My dear friend Irfaan. You fought and fought and fought,” he said in a heartfelt note.

Piku co-star Amitabh Bachchan described him as an incredible talent, a gracious colleague and a prolific contributor to the world of cinema.

Taapsee Pannu expressed aptly, the shock that everyone felt, stating “I think I will refuse to believe you are no more by watching all your work time and again and again and again.”

Anupam Kher posted an emotional video message, describing Irrfan as a dear friend, one of the finest actors and a wonderful human being.

Parineeti Chopra mourned the loss of a real fighter, and wished strength to the family.

The actor commanded a following beyond the realm of merely the film industry, with Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal remembering him as one of the most exceptional actors of our time, whose work will always be remembered.

“So much energy, so much intensity taken away so soon,” said cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle.

Akshay Kumar also took to Twitter to express sorrow and wished Khan’s family strength in this difficult time.

“It’s not only a big loss to his family, but also the film industry,” said veteran actress Shabana Azmi.

Bhumi Pednekar described him as an institution and an inspirational force.

“How do you mourn his passing away for he breathes in the characters he left behind?” asked Minister Smriti Irani

And novelist and screenwriter Durjoy Datta said something a lot of us are feeling right now. “It’s the first time an actor’s death feels personal.”

2020 just got a whole lot worse.