- BBC News World
Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan, internationally recognized for his roles in the films “Life of Pi”, Slumdog Millionaire Y Jurassic World, died at the age of 53, as announced by his representatives on Wednesday.
Khan lacked the look of a traditional Bollywood romantic heartthrob, but his subtle and understated performances led to him being regarded by many as one of India’s most talented actors and as one of her most successful exports to Hollywood.
He was so respected, that once American director Wes Anderson wrote a special role in The Darjeeling Limited, from 2007, just so I can work with him.
In 2018, the actor revealed that he had a neuroendocrine tumor, a rare cancer that affects cells that release hormones in the blood, and underwent treatment at a London hospital.
Since Tuesday, Khan had been in intensive care at a Bombay, India hospital for a colon infection.
Upon the news of his death, Bollywood stars and politicians from his country paid tribute to him on social networks.
The Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, he referred to his death as “a loss to the world of cinema and theater”.
“He will be remembered for his versatile performances in different mediums. My thoughts are with his family, friends and fans. May his soul rest in peace,” he tweeted.
Khan transitioned smoothly from Bollywood to Hollywood theater, arthouse, and action movies.
He had almost stopped acting in his 30s, after an unrewarding decade as a soap opera performer.
Until he achieved international success with his performance in the British-Indian film The Warrior (2002), by director Asif Kapadia, and who won a Bafta.
In 2008, it partnered with the british director Danny Boyle to Slumdog Millionaire, film that won eight Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director.
Khan played the police inspector who beats up Dev Patel’s character, Jamal, believing him to be a cheater. Boyle described her performance as “beautiful to watch.”
By this time, Khan had already reached the point where he could be selective about the roles he took on.
“I try to make films that have a longer impact, that speak to you and that come back to you once you have seen them. I prefer films with which you have a longer relationship,” he told an interviewer.
In 2012, interpretó al character of Pool adult in “The life of Pi“, winner of four Oscars, including Best Director.
Taiwanese director Ang Lee’s film was an adaptation of the 2002 Booker Prize-winning novel of the same name.
In the story, a shipwrecked boy is forced to share a lifeboat with a zebra, an orangutan, and a ferocious Bengal tiger.
Khan also acted in the box office hit Jurassic World, from director Colin Trevorrow. He played Simon Masrani, the hapless billionaire owner of the dinosaur park.
“The biggest loss for Indian cinema”
Two months after Khan made his diagnosis public, he wrote a letter about his experience with cancer treatment, reflecting on the “intensity” of his pain and the “uncertainty” of life.
He received a great deal of support from his fans around the world.
“Irrfan Khan’s untimely passing is the biggest loss to Indian cinema since the death of Smita Patil, one of the most promising actresses in the country, in 1986, “says Soutik Biswas, BBC India correspondent.
“He was a protean actor, who excelled in a wide range of roles and spanned various genres in commercial and art cinema,” says Biswas.
The statement issued by his public relations company confirming his death says “surrounded by his love, his family for whom he cared most, he went to the abode of heaven, leaving a true legacy of his own.”
“We all pray and hope that he is at peace,” the statement added.
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Irrfan Khan, actor in “Slumdog Millionaire” and “La vida de Pi”, dies – BBC News World