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Farewell, Irrfan: India mourns the phenomenal actor

'Live life to the fullest and sail through tough times with a big smile' was Irrfan Khan's last message to his fans. He passed away on Wednesday at a Mumbai hospital at the age of 53, battling colon infection. The actor’s spokesperson said in a statement, ‘I trust I have surrendered’ – These were some of the many words that Irrfan expressed in a heart felt note he wrote in 2018 opening up about his fight with cancer. India mourns the phenomenal actor.

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New Delhi Updated on: April 30, 2020 0:22 IST

'I want to entertain people but with some substance' and that he did. Irrfan Khan was an actor par excellence who proved his mettle time and again in a career spanning three decades. The prolific artiste, who passed away on Wednesday at a Mumbai hospital at the age of 53, had recorded the special message for his fans as he could not be a part of the promotions of his laest film due to ill health. India mourns its global actor.

Irrfan Khan's last rites took place in Mumbai on Wednesday afternoon, soon after he died in Mumbai's Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital. The exceptional actor 53, was being treated for an colon infection and just hours before he died, his spokesperson said he "was still fighting the battle." The cause of Irrfan Khan's death is complications due to colon infection and time of death is 11.11am, 29th april 2020.

A statement released by his family said, "Irrfan was buried at the Versova kabrastan in Mumbai at 3 pm this afternoon soon after the news of his passing away was announced. In presence were his family, close relatives and friends. Everyone paid their final respects and mourned the loss of his passing away. We pray for his peace and we hope he's in a better place today. He was strong in his fight, and we all have to be strong too in this loss." 

Irrfan Khan's wife Sutapa Sikdar and two sons were photographed exiting the Mumbai hospital in the afternoon. Many celebrities like filmmakers Tigmanshu Dhulia and Abhinay Deo were also present outside the hospital.

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Irrfan Khan is survived by his wife Sutapa Sikdar and his two sons. 

Angrezi Medium director Homi Adajania wrote, "We laughed about you dying... in fact we often abused your “uninvited guests” .... but I didn’t think I’d feel so fuckin broken when I heard what I was expecting to hear for a while now. I am eternally grateful for walking a few steps of your journey with you. I am eternally grateful that I could call myself your friend. I am eternally grateful for memories stuffed with so much joy, so much laughter in such little time. You once told me how you had an inexplicable love for your craft, but didn’t want the stardom anymore. Well, you never needed to be a star my friend, because you shone brighter than anything in the universe. RIP #irrfan."

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Pakistani actor Saba Qamar, who starred opposite Irrfan Khan in 2017's "Hindi Medium", said she is at loss of words with the untimely demise of her co-star.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui condoled Irrfan Khan's death and wrote, "In the year 2000 a film directed by #IrrfanKhan named ALVIDA starred me and I was lucky to have my mentor as my co-star in many films.No one will ever be able to fill his space in the entire world of cinema. Never thot in the worst of my dreams, that will have to say “ALVIDA'.

Irrfan's Piku co-star Deepika Padukone shared a black photo with a broken heart on Instagram.

Actress Sonam Kapoor tweeted, "Rest in peace @irrfan sir. You have no idea what your kindness and encouragement meant to me at my lowest. My condolences to your family and loved ones."

Irrfan Khan buried at Versova burial ground in presence of family, friends

Anil Kapoor payed condolences and wrote, "Indescribably saddened to hear that we've lost Irrfan Khan. I'll always be thankful to him for taking care of Sonam when they worked together & for being her guiding light at the time. He was an inspiration for everyone, a remarkable actor, unmatched talent & a great human being."

Salman Khan shared a photo with the late actor and called his death a big loss. He captioned the photo as, "Big loss to the film industry, his fans, all of us n specially his family. My heart goes out to his family. May God give them strength. Rest in peace brother u shall always be missed n be in all our hearts.."

Subhash Ghai tweeted, "GOOD BYE IRFAAN A man with golden heart n abundance talent. You will be marked as an institution in art of acting in transforming a theatre style ACTING to improvisational acting on screen Thumbs up I always felt warmth with u during  our film’Right ya Wrong’ n post Red heart RIP."

Prime Minister Narendra Modi mourned the death of the actor and wrote, "Irrfan Khan’s demise is a loss to the world of cinema and theatre. He will be remembered for his versatile performances across different mediums. My thoughts are with his family, friends and admirers. May his soul rest in peace."

Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan shared a throwback picture with the late actor and captioned it as, "My friend...inspiration & the greatest actor of our times. Allah bless your soul Irrfan bhai...will miss you as much as cherish the fact that you were part of our lives. “पैमाना कहे है कोई, मैखाना कहे है दुनिया तेरी आँखों को भी, क्या क्या ना कहे है” Love u."

Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan wrote, "T 3516 - .. just getting news of the passing of Irfaan Khan .. this is a most disturbing and sad news .. Folded hands An incredible talent .. a gracious colleague .. a prolific contributor to the World of Cinema .. left us too soon .. creating a huge vacuum .. 

Prayers and duas Folded hands."

Irrfan Khan's Angrezi Medium co-star Radhika Madaan said, "I dont know what to say... my heart aches when i write this. He was one the strongest people i knew, a fighter. And so are  Sutapa ma'am ,Babil and Ayan. I'm just grateful that our paths crossed in this lifetime. He is and will always be an inspiration to many. A legend. The man who changed the wave of the indian film industry.May his soul rest in peace."

Kareena Kapoor Khan who also worked with him in Angrezi Medium mourned his death and wrote, "It was an absolute honour sir Rest in peace."


Kamal Haasan wrote, "Too soon to leave @irrfank Ji. Your work always left me in awe. You’re one of the finest actors I know, I wish you stayed longer. You deserved more time. Strength to the family at this time."

Bollywood filmmaker Karan Johar tweeted, "Thank you for those indelible movie memories....thank you for raising the bar as an artist ...thank you for enriching our Cinema....we will miss you terribly Irrfan but will always always be immensely grateful for your presence in our lives.....our cinema....we salute you."

Bollywood filmmaker Shoojit Sircar with whom Irrfan had worked in Piku wrote, "My dear friend Irfaan. You fought and fought and fought. I will always be proud of you.. we shall meet again.. condolences to Sutapa and Babil.. you too fought, Sutapa you gave everything possible in this fight. Peace and Om shanti. Irfaan Khan salute."

Taapsee Pannu tweeted, "When we thought nothing could make us feel worse,this happened. I think I will refuse to believe you are no more by watching all your work time n again n again n again. I have known you that way n shall continue to know you that way for ever. You ARE the best we have #IrrfanKhan."

riyanka Chopra tweeted, "The charisma you brought to everything you did was pure magic. Your talent forged the way for so many in so many avenues.. You inspired so many of us. #IrrfanKhan you will truly be missed. Condolences to the family."

Riteish Deshmukh wrote, "Our loss, heaven’s gain. #IrrfanKhan #RIP Thank you for all the magic you weaved on celluloid. Condolences to the family and loved ones."

Ali Asgar tweeted, "Inna lillahi wa inna alayhi rajeoon. Rest in Peace Irfan Khan Sir Palms up together finest artist, a talent with few parallels, Great human ...His mom passed away on saturday. Tragic beyond words..saddened shattered.#IrrfanKhan"

Delhi Chief Minister tweeted, "Shocked to hear of the demise of Irrfan Khan, one of the most exceptional actors of our time. May his work always be remembered and his soul rest in peace."

IndiaTV Chairman and Editor-in-Chief tweeted, "इरफ़ान खान ना केवल एक बेहतरीन इंसान थे, बल्कि बहुत बहादुर थे. वो बीमारी से लड़े , बहुत लड़े. तकलीफ़ उठा कर इंग्लिश मीडियम  में अभिनय किया. याद बहुत आएँगे इरफ़ान. #IrrfanKhan"

Randeep Hooda mourned his death and said, "Gone too soon is the inspiration and the entertainment #IrrfanKhan a great loss to cinema and the craft .. may you rest in peace brother."

Madhur Bhandarkar wrote, "I've worked with #IrrfanKhan in 2004 film AAN and have always known him to be a Brilliant & Versatile Actor, a wonderful human being and a great friend. His untimely demise is a great loss to the Films Industry. My deepest condolences to his family & friends. RIP my friend."

Akskay Kumar tweeted, "Such terrible news...saddened to hear about the demise of #IrrfanKhan, one of the finest actors of our time. May God give strength to his family in this difficult time."

Ajay Devgn tweeted, "Heartbroken to hear about Irrfan’s untimely demise. It’s an irreparable loss for Indian cinema. Deepest condolences to his wife & sons. RIP Irrfan."

Parineeti Chopra, "Irrfan sir, you were the nicest, coolest guy. Every interaction with you was so memorable. The world has lost the most talented actor, the nicest human being and a real fighter!! All my love and strength to the family  #RIP #IrrfanKhan."

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