Wednesday, April 29, 2020

News: Irrfan Khan, Bollywood Legend, Dead at 53

Bollywood star Irrfan Khan, who is best known for his roles in "Life Of Pi" and "Slumdog Millionaire," died Wednesday at the age of 53, his representatives confirmed.

"It's saddening that this day, we have to bring forward the news of him passing away," read a statement from Khan's PR agency, Hardly Anonymous Communications. "Irrfan was a strong soul, someone who fought till the very end and always inspired everyone who came close to him."
In March 2018, Khan--one of India's best-known and most beloved actors--revealed that he had been diagnosed with a rare neuroendocrine tumor.  Khan was known internationally for his roles in "Life of Pi" and "Slumdog Millionaire," but his body of work was so broad. 

He recently starred in Angrezi Medium (English Medium) where we attributed a lot of the success of the film on Khan's ability.  We said "A lot of [the success balancing humor and family drama] is fueled by Irrfan Khan's wonderful performance; he has the dramatic chops to really sell scenes when needed, but also has the a reserved acting style that works when it calls for something more humorous."  Khan was also fantastic in the 2013 film, the Lunchbox, where he plays a quiet older man who accidentally begins a unique, pen pal relationship with an unhappy married woman.  On top of Bollywood movies, he also starred in many internationally successful movies including Life of Pi, Slumdog Millionaire, and Jurassic World.

He was a legend in Bollywood and also successfully made the jump to Hollywood.  Khan's loss will be missed by movie fans across the globe.

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