Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan passes away at 53

Colin Trevorrow, Director of Jurassic World, tweeted expressing his grief on the passing of Irrfan Khan. He remembered Irrfan Khan as a thoughtful man who found beauty in the world around him, even in pain.

Created On: Apr 29, 2020 14:55 ISTModified On: Apr 29, 2020 19:18 IST
Irrfan Khan

Renowned Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan passed away at Kokilaben Hospital in Mumbai on April 29, 2020. The actor was reportedly battling a rare cancer. He breathed his last surrounded by his family. Irrfan Khan was considered as one of the finest actors of Indian cinema and as one of its leading faces in the West.

The actor was admitted to Mumbai’s Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital earlier this week. He was taking treatment for colon infection and had been unwell since a long time. The actor had revealed in March 2018 that he had been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, neuroendocrine tumour. The tumour can target various parts of the body.

Irrfan Khan is survived by his wife Sutapa and two sons- Ayan and Babil. He lost his mother just three days ago but could not attend the funeral due to the lockdown. His mother was in Jaipur. His last film,  ‘Angrezi Medium’ had released just before the lockdown was announcement. The film had to stop playing after theatres were shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic. ‘Angrezi Medium’ was later released on online platforms. It is available on Disney+ Hotstar.

The President and Prime Minister of India condoled the passing of the mega actor through tweets. The Prime Minister tweeted saying that the actor's demise is a loss to the world of cinema and theatre.

The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind tweeted saying that he was saddened by the untimely demise of the noted actor. The Indian President remembered Irrfan Khan as a rare talent and a brilliant actor.

Colin Trevorrow, Jurassic World (2015) Director, also tweeted expressing his grief on the passing of the actor. He remembered Irrfan Khan as a thoughtful man who found beauty in the world around him, even in pain.

Bollywood Reactions

Filmmaker Shoojit Sircar condoled the actor's passing through a tweet that read, "My dear friend Irfaan. You fought and fought and fought. I will always be proud of you.. we shall meet again. "

Amitabh Bachchan also tweeted saying that it is the most disturbing and sad news.  He remembered the late actor as a gracious colleague and a prolific contributor to the World of Cinema.

Akshay Kumar also expressed his grief through a tweet. He tweeted saying that Irrfan Khan was one of the finest actors of their time. 

Priyanka Chopra also took to twitter to express her condolences. Her tweet read "Your talent forged the way for so many in so many avenues.. You inspired so many of us. Irrfan Khan you will truly be missed." 

Irrfan Khan's Lunchbox co-star Nimrat Kaur tweeted "heartbroken" after the news of his passing broke. Her subsequent tweet read, "words fail to describe my sense of shock and horror to learn about Irrfan Khan’s passing away."

Besides these celebrities, many other leading personalities including  Kamal Hassan, Dulquer Salmaan, Anupam Kher, Karan Johar, Boney Kapoor, Preity Zinta, Varun Dhavan, Raveena Tandon, Kirron Kher, Kunal Khemu, Soha Ali Khan, Sooraj Pancholi, Sonam Kapoor, Malaika Arora, Shilpa Shetty, Diana Penty, Parineeti Chopra, Tiger Shroff expressed their grief at the early demise of the actor. 

Several political leaders also came forward to pay their condolences to the late actor including Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot, former Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje, Jyotiraditya M Scindia and Karti Chidambaram.

Leading sportsmen and cricketers including Sachin Tendulkar, Anil Kumble, Murali Karthik and Mohammad Kaif also tweeted expressing their grief and to pay their condolences to late Irrfan Khan. 

Irrfan Khan: The legendary actor goes too early?

While the world is filled with grief with the shocking passing of the renowned actor Irrfan Khan, many voiced that it was too early for the actor to pass away. The actor's acting career was at its peak and he probably had much more to offer to the world of cinema before he was sadly taken away.

Irrfan Khan is credited with bringing a new wave in the Indian cinema with movies like 'The Lunchbox', 'Piku' and ‘Maqbool’.  Some of his best performances include his lead roles in films like 'Hindi Medium', "The Namesake',  ‘Maqbool’, ‘Paan Singh Tomar’, 'Talvar' and ‘Piku’ and supporting roles in 'Slumdog Millionaire', 'Haider', 'Life in a... Metro' and 'Gunday'.

He had also acted in Hollywood films including the A Mighty Heart, Amazing Spider-Man, Jurassic World, Life of Pi and Inferno. His last appearance was in 'Angrezi Medium', a sequel to Hindi Medium, which released in March 2020, just a week before the announcement of the nation-wide lockdown due to COVID-19. 

The actor was honoured with the Padma Shri, fourth highest civilian award, for his outstanding contribution in the field of arts in 2011.  He also received the National Award for his role in ‘Paan Singh Tomar’ in 2013.

Irrfan Khan: Full List of Films

Year Film Title
1988 Salaam Bombay!
1989 Kamla Ki Maut
1990 Drishti
Ek Doctor Ki Maut
1991 Pita (The Father)
1992 Mujhse Dosti Karoge
1993 Karamati Coat
1994 The Cloud Door
1998 Bada Din
2000 The Goal (Hindi)
2001 The Warrior
2002 Bokshu, The Myth
Kali Salwar
Haathi ka Anda
2003 Haasil
Dhund: The fog
The Bypass
2004 Shadows of Time
Aan: Men at Work
Road to Ladakh
Charas: A Joint Operation
2005 Chocolate
7½ Phere
2006 Yun Hota Toh Kya Hota
The Film
The Killer
Deadline: Sirf 24 Ghante
2007 A Mighty Heart
Life in a... Metro
The Namesake
The Darjeeling Limited
Apna Asmaan
2008 Tulsi
Krazzy 4
Mumbai Meri Jaan
Slumdog Millionaire
Dil Kabaddi
2009 Acid Factory
New York
New York, I Love You
2010 Right Yaaa Wrong
Knock Out
2011 Yeh Saali Zindagi
7 Khoon Maaf
Thank You
2012 Paan Singh Tomar
The Amazing Spider-Man
Life of Pi
2013 Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster Returns
The Lunchbox
2014 Gunday
2015 Qissa
Jurassic World
2016 The Jungle Book
2017 Hindi Medium
Doob: No Bed of Roses
The Song of Scorpions
Qarib Qarib Singlle
2018 Blackmail
2020 Angrezi Medium
Source: Wikipedia


Irrfan Khan was born to a Muslim family in Rajasthan. In his initial days, the act along with his best friend, Satish Sharma was interested in pursuing cricket. Irrfan Khan was also selected for the CK Nayudu Tournament for emerging players, the stepping stone for first class cricket in India. However, the actor missed the tournament due to lack of funds. 

The actor confirmed in March 2018 that he was suffering from neuroendocrine tumour. He went to the United Kingdom for treatment and returned to India a couple of months back. 

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