Prominent Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan has died in the Indian city of Mumbai after he was admitted to a city hospital with a colon infection on Tuesday. He was 53.
“Irrfan was a strong soul, someone who fought till the very end and always inspired everyone who came close to him,” his publicist said in a statement on Wednesday.
He spent his final hours “surrounded by his love, his family for whom he most cared about”, a statement released by his family said.
The actor had spent several months last year in the United Kingdom undergoing cancer treatment.
His mother, Saeeda Begum, died four days ago on April 25.
He is survived by his wife, TV producer Sutapa Sikdar, and sons Babil and Ayan. Irrfan Khan brought a modern sensibility to his movies. He made his debut with Mira Nair’s Salaam Bombay in 1988, with whom he worked again in The Namesake.
The tall and lanky actor won a national award for his performance in Paan Singh Tomar. He was also awarded with Padma Shri, one of India’s highest civilian honours.
Khan was among the first Indian actors to make a consistent mark in Western cinema, following earlier crossover pioneers like Saeed Jaffrey, Roshan Seth and Om Puri.
He featured in several award-winning international films such as The Warrior, Slumdog Millionaire and Life of Pi. In Hollywood, he worked in The Amazing Spider-Man, Inferno and Jurassic World.
The actor was last seen in Bollywood comedy Angrezi Medium, which was released in March.
Born Sahabzade Irfan Ali Khan in the western state of Rajasthan, in a family with no ties to cinema, the actor recalled in interviews that as children, he and his siblings were not allowed to watch movies.
The only exception was when a visiting uncle took them to the theatre.