Irfan Khan: an actor with multiple achievements is dead


He was a man who achieved what few actors manage to do -- success in two of the world's biggest film industries, Hollywood and Bollywood.
But, according to his biographer, Irrfan Khan didn't let the fame get to his head.
Khan, known internationally for his roles in "Life Of Pi" and "Slumdog Millionaire," died Wednesday, his representatives confirmed. He was 53.
According to his PR agency, he was admitted to the ICU in Mumbai's Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital due to a colon infection. In March 2018, Khan revealed that he had been diagnosed with a rare neuroendocrine tumor -- an abnormal growth that begins in the body's specialized neuroendocrine cells, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Khan was widely beloved in India, but also scored the kinds of roles in Hollywood that no other Indian actor has managed to get, according to Aseem Chhabra, a film journalist who wrote a biography about Khan called "Irrfan Khan: The Man, the Dreamer, the Star."
His success in both film industries prompted an outpouring of grief online from both India and overseas.
Indian Prime Minister tweeted that Khan's death was a "loss to the world of cinema and theatre," while American actor Chris Pratt -- who starred alongside Khan in "Jurassic World" -- tweeted: "He was an exquisite actor and human. He will be missed."

A 'very warm-hearted kind of guy'

Khan was born in the northern Indian state of Rajasthan. He came from a modest, middle-class family, who didn't hold any dreams of movie stardom, Chhabra said.
Khan attended the National School of Drama in the country's capital, New Delhi -- but according to Chhabra, his mother hoped Khan would come home and become a teacher.

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