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Tribute to Padma Shri Irrfan Khan (1967-2020)

Ramnika Chadha



They did not leave your life, I moved them.  –  GOD

Bichhda kuch iss adaa se ki rut hi badal gai, Ek shaks saare shahar ko veeran kar gaya.!!

Filmmaker Anubhav Sinha penned a note on Instagram. He wrote, “Abhi toh tera time aaya tha…mere bhai! Abhi toh kitna kaam karta tu jo itihas mai likha jaata!” He added, “Theek hai ja. Aaraam kar. Do saal bahut lada tu. Thak bhi gaya hoga.”

The whole world is going through a rough phase right now as the Coronavirus is spreading its wings at a rapid rate now. Amid these destructive times, the news of legendary actor Irrfan Khan’s demise has shaken us up. A talented and versatile actor, Irrfan made the country proud with his outstanding skills.

Irrfan’s funeral proceedings

IRRFAN ALI KHAN (JANUARY 7, 1967 – APRIL 29, 2020)

Khan, a respectful, talented, and versatile actor passed away at 54 this Wednesday morning. He was taken to Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, Mumbai on Tuesday. He suffered from Colon Infection and was ailing ever since he got diagnosed with Neuroendocrine Tumor in 2018. His last were done on Wednesday afternoon.

Late Irrfan Khan is survived by his beloved wife Sutapa Sarkar and 2 sons Ayan & Bibal. An Indian National Award winner and a Cancer Warrior, Irrfan Khan was an inspiration to all of us.

Khan had brought his outstanding movies to the Dubai International Film Festival and Abu Dhabi Film Festival. He shattered the conventional rules of Bollywood and created his own benchmark of celluloid excellence.


Irrfan Ali Khan was born to a Muslim family in Rajasthan. His parents (Late Begum Khan and Jagirdar Khan) were from Khajuriya Village (Tonk district) used to run a tire business. He was fond of cricket in his early days and was selected for CK Nayudu Tournament at the age of 23. But, he could move ahead with it as he did not have funds.

He did a Master’s degree from the National School of Drama (NSD), New Delhi in 1984. There, Irrfan met Sutapa Sikder and they both fell in love. They tied a knot in the year 1995 and are blessed with 2 sons. He changed his name’s spelling from “Irfan” to “Irrfan” in 2012 and stated that he likes the sound of an extra “r” in his name.

Courtesy: IndiaToday

The actor was last seen in the Bollywood Movie, ‘Angrezi Medium‘ which was a sequel to his 2017 film, ‘Hindi Medium‘. Angrezi Medium was unable to enjoy an uninterrupted screening due to the spread of Coronavirus followed by the lockdown. He has also worked for numerous British and Hollywood movies and won many awards.

His mother, Late Sayeeda Begum left for her heavily abode less than a weak earlier. He could not attend her funeral due to the COVID -19 lockdown.

AMMA HAS COME TO TAKE ME! – These were his last words in the hospital.

Irrfan’s spokesperson took the time to speak up about the incident.

“‘I trust, I have surrendered'”; these were some of the many words that Irrfan expressed in a heartfelt note he wrote in 2018, opening up about his fight with cancer. And a man of few words and an actor of silent expressions with his deep eyes and his memorable actions on screen,” Khan’s spokesperson stated.

“It’s saddening that this day, we have to bring forward the news of him passing away. Irrfan was a strong soul, someone who fought till the very end and always inspired everyone who came close to him. After having been struck by lightning in 2018 with the news of a rare cancer, he took life as it came and fought the many battles that came with the dreaded disease. Surrounded by his love, his family, for whom he most cared about, he left for heaven[ly] abode, leaving behind truly a legacy of his own. We all pray and hope that he is at peace. And to resonate and part with his words …, ‘As if I was tasting life for the first time, the magical side of it’,” the spokesperson added.


  • In the year 2015, he was appointed as the brand ambassador of “Resurgent Rajasthan“. It is a campaign by the Rajasthan State Government.
  • He lent his voice to the light & sound show in the War Memorial for Indian Army at Jaipur. This show portrayed the valor and courage of the Rajasthani soldiers and their triumphs in battle.
  • Irrfan Khan was the ‘Male Face of India‘ in Hollywood.
  • He won a number of Hollywood and other International awards.


“He was always focused. I remember when he would come home, he would head straight for the bedroom, sit on the floor, and read books. The rest of us would be hanging around gossiping.” said Sutapa Sikder.

Irrfan’s wife recalls how he demanded around 11 rewrites from her when he directed Banegi Apni Baat.

“Once he dragged me to a police station in Mumbai to understand the procedure,” she recalls.


2004HaasilZee Cine AwardsBest Performance in a Villainous Role
2004MaqboolScreen AwardsBest Performance in a Negative Role
2004MaqboolZee Cine AwardsBest Performance in a Villainous Role
2007The NamesakeIndependent Spirit AwardBest Supporting Male
2007The NamesakeStardust AwardsBest Supporting Actor
2007Life in a… MetroProducers Guild Film AwardsBest Actor in a Supporting Role
2008Life in a… MetroInternational Indian Film Academy AwardsBest Performance in a Comic Role
2008Life in a… MetroScreen AwardsBest Supporting Actor
2009Mumbai Meri JaanInternational Indian Film Academy AwardsBest Actor In A Supporting Role
2010New YorkProducers Guild Film AwardsBest Actor In A Supporting Role
2010New YorkInternational Indian Film Academy AwardsBest Actor In A Supporting Role
20127 Khoon MaafInternational Indian Film Academy AwardsBest Performance in a Negative Role
2013Paan Singh TomarFilmfare AwardsBest Actor
2013Paan Singh TomarProducers Guild Film AwardsBest Actor
2004HaasilFilmfare AwardsBest Actor in a Negative Role
2004HaasilScreen AwardsBest Performance in a Negative Role
2007The NamesakeAlliance of Women Film JournalistsBest Seduction
2008Life in a… MetroFilmfare AwardsBest Supporting Actor
2008Life in a… MetroInternational Indian Film Academy AwardsBest Supporting Actor
2008Life in a… MetroScreen AwardsBest Comedian
2008Slumdog MillionaireScreen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2009Slumdog MillionaireCentral Ohio Film Critics AssociationBest Ensemble
2009N/AGQ (Indian edition)Man of the Year
2011N/APadma ShriArts
2011N/AInternational Indian Film Academy AwardsOutstanding Achievement in International Cinema
2012N/ACNN-IBN Indian of the YearEntertainment
2013Paan Singh TomarNational Film AwardsBest Actor
2013Paan Singh TomarFilmfare AwardsBest Actor (Critics)
2013Paan Singh TomarTimes of India Film AwardsBest Actor
2013Paan Singh TomarInstitute for Research and Documentation in Social SciencesBest Male Character
2013Paan Singh TomarScreen AwardsBest Actor
2013The LunchboxAsian Film AwardsBest Actor
2013The LunchboxAsia-Pacific Film FestivalOutstanding Achievement Award
2013The LunchboxDubai International Film FestivalBest Actor
2014The LunchboxProducers Guild Film AwardsStar Verdict Performer of the Year
2014The LunchboxProducers Guild Film AwardsEntertainer of the Year
2014QissaIndian International Film Festival of QueenslandBest Actor
2016TalvarStar Screen AwardsBest Actor (Jury’s Choice) – Male
2016TalvarStardust AwardsPerformer Of The Year (Male) – Editor’s Choice
2016PikuIndian Film Festival of MelbourneBest Actor
2017N/ADubai International Film FestivalHonorary Award
2018Hindi MediumScreen AwardsBest Actor
2018Hindi MediumFilmfare AwardsBest Actor
2018Hindi MediumNews18 Reel Movie AwardsBest Actor
2018Hindi MediumInternational Indian Film Academy AwardsBest Actor
Award List Courtesy: Wikipedia
The actor was also awarded with the highest Indian civilian honor, Padma Shri, in 2011.

Condolences and Tributes for the star poured in from not just the fil industry, but also from the political world. Amitabh Bachchan, who shared screen space with Khan in Piku, called him an “incredible talent, a gracious colleague and a prolific contributor to the World of Cinema.”

Actress Radhika Madan recently worked with Irrfan in Angrezi Medium, said she had no words to convey her feelings.

“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.” Radhika stated.

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi stated this to be ‘a loss to the world of cinema and theatre’. Several chief ministers too shared the condolences.


  1. Wanting fame is a disease. One day, I want to be free from this disease.
  2. A hero lies in every man and woman. 99% of the time,  we perish before realizing it.
  3. I want to entertain people, but with some substance
  4. The sign of a good society is where talent is respected.
  5. The day I become conventional, something inside me will die.
  6. People like to see my work, not my face.
  7. Izzat aur zillat aapke heath mei nahi hai.
  8. Language does not make one an elite
  9. It pains me when a Cricketer or an Actor is a youth icon. they are great entertainers, they are useful to the society. But, they are not heroes.
Courtesy: Republic World
John Milton once said, “Death is the golden key that opens the palace of eternity.”

We pay our heartfelt tribute to this legend. May his soul rest in peace.

A post-graduate in HR from the renowned Institute of Management Technology, she holds a 4 year experience in the same field. Being a passionate blogger/content writer too, she holds an expertise in writing on various subject matters.

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    30 April 2020 at 11:31 am


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    Sandeep Kumar

    30 April 2020 at 3:53 pm


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    Nitya Rambhadran

    30 April 2020 at 7:33 pm

    We have lost one of the finest actors in the world. May his soul RIP.

    Brilliantly written article. Very nice Ramnika

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