Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter on Wednesday, 29 April, to condole the demise of actor Irrfan Khan, saying it is a “loss to the world of cinema and theatre” and that “he will be remembered for his versatile performances across different mediums”.
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.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 29, 2020
Other political leaders too, including Congress' Rahul Gandhi, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, condoled the actor’s untimely demise.
Khan passed away early on Wednesday at the age of 53 after battling neuroendocrine tumour since 2018.
Taking to Twitter to express their condolences, the politicians remembered him as a "talented" and "versatile" actor, who was a "popular Indian brand ambassador on the global film and TV stage" and put up "several superlative performances".
I’m sorry to hear about the passing of Irrfan Khan. A versatile & talented actor, he was a popular Indian brand ambassador on the global film & tv stage. He will be greatly missed. My condolences to his family, friends & fans at this time of grief.— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) April 29, 2020
Irfan Khan was a versatile actor. Sorry to hear about his demise. My heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and fans. Om Shanti— Prakash Javadekar (@PrakashJavdekar) April 29, 2020
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— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) April 29, 2020
Deeply saddened to hear that after putting up a spirited fight against cancer, the young & versatile Irrfan Khan has passed away.— Hardeep Singh Puri (@HardeepSPuri) April 29, 2020
After making his big screen debut in Salaam Bombay, the national award winner went on to regale his fans with several superlative performances. RIP. pic.twitter.com/18utYj6jrY
The actor was admitted to Mumbai's Kokilaben Dhirbhai Ambani Hospital recently for colon infection. He is survived by his wife Sutapa Sikdar and his sons Babil and Ayan.
In a tweet in Marathi, Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray said that the Hindi film industry has lost a hardworking and versatile actor".
दुर्दैवाने काळाने त्यांना ओढून नेले आणि अभिनयाचा त्यांचा प्रवास थांबला, असे सांगून मुख्यमंत्री उद्धव बाळासाहेब ठाकरे यांनी इरफान खान यांना भावपूर्ण श्रद्धांजली अर्पण केली.— CMO Maharashtra (@CMOMaharashtra) April 29, 2020
The actor, who was 53-year-old, was best known for his performances in films such as Maqbool, Haider, Paan Singh Tomar and Hindi Medium and The Lunchbox . He also starred in some international blockbusters, including Ang Lee's Life of Pi and Jurassic World.
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