A son of a tyre seller, Irrfan Khan lacked the conventional good looks of a Bollywood superstar and was initially offered small roles in third-rate soap operas. The actor slowly crawled his way to the top, establishing himself as India’s one of the finest character actors
Actor Irrfan Khan died one year ago today after a heroic battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife Sutapa and two sons, Babil and Ayan Khan.
Irrfan Khan was last seen in Angrezi Medium, which was released earlier this year. His movie credits include The Lunchbox , Paan Singh Tomar, Life in a Metro, The Namesake, Haasil, Talvar, Hindi Medium, and many more.
He gained international stardom with his roles in Hollywood blockbusters such as Life of Pi, Slumdog Millionaire, The Amazing Spider-Man, Jurassic World and Inferno.
He also starred in Bangladeshi director Mostofa Sarwar Farooki's film Doob.
A son of a tyre seller, Irrfan Khan made his film debut in Salaam Bombay! in 1988 to little success. He lacked the conventional good looks of a Bollywood superstar and was only offered small roles in third-rate soap operas. The actor slowly crawled his way to the top, rising above scorn and establishing himself as India’s one of the finest character actors over the course of an enduring career spanning over three decades.
In 2018, Irrfan was diagnosed with neuroendocrine tumour.
Before his death, the veteran actor encapsulated his battle with the fatal disease in an emotional note that read: “I had been in a different game, I was traveling on a speedy train ride, had dreams, plans, aspirations, goals, was fully engaged in them. And suddenly someone taps on my shoulder and I turn to see. It’s the TC, and he says, ‘Your destination is about to come. Please get down’!”
The actor added, “I am confused. ‘No, no. My destination hasn’t come.’ But the TC says, ‘No, this is it. This is how it is sometimes'.”
Sadly, this is how it is sometimes. Khan's cinematic journey might have been cut short, yet it has been no less than extraordinary.