Jaipur: Millions of Jaipurites paid tribute to Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan who passed away on Wednesday. Originally hailing from Rajasthan, the actor had spent his childhood and adolescence in Jaipur. He went on to receive international acclaim with his remarkable roles in award winning Hollywood movies – “Life Of Pi” and “Slumdog Millionaire”.
The actor was born in a village near Tonk town of the state. Irrfan Khan did his graduation from Jaipur where he developed a liking for theatre and drama. According to people close to him in Jaipur, he was very introvert and shy in nature during his childhood, but he was definitely a rebel. He was a cricket fan during his childhood and used to play at Chaugan Stadium in Jaipur with his friends. He wanted to be a cricketer, a passion which his family members didn’t approve. Eventually, he started drama and participated in many plays in the theatres of Jaipur.
After completing graduation from Jaipur, he enrolled himself in National School of Drama. Her mother wanted him to become a professor. Irrfan lied to his mother and told her that he would fulfil her wish after graduating from NSD. When he was in the third year, he was signed for a lead role in a movie by Mira Nair.
Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot tweeted, “I am saddened and shocked to know about untimely demise of one of our country’s most versatile actors #IrrfanKhan. My heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and fans. May God give them strength. May his soul rest in peace.”
Gehlot said that Irrfan Khan was one of the most talented actors of Rajasthan who rose to heights on basis of his acting. He would always remain an inspiration for theatre artists and budding actors in Rajasthan, he said.
I am saddened and shocked to know about the untimely demise of one of our country's most versatile actors, #IrrfanKhan. My heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and fans. May God give them strength. May his soul rest in peace.— Ashok Gehlot (@ashokgehlot51) April 29, 2020
The actor’s many fans from Jaipur were heartbroken over the news of his demise.
RIP #IrrfanKhan . Specially sad as your house in Jaipur was less than a km from our house. Always felt good about you being a great actor and equally good human being.— Sunil Batta (@BattaSunil) April 29, 2020
in March 2018 that he had been diagnosed with a rare neuroendocrine tumor — an abnormal growth that begin in the body’s specialized neuroendocrine cells.
After his diagnosis, he issued a statement on Twitter, “The unexpected makes us grow, which is what the past few days have been about. Learning that I have been diagnosed with Neuroendocrine Tumour as of now has admittedly been difficult, but the love and strength of those around me and that I found within me has brought me to a place of hope. The journey of this is taking me out of the country, and I request everyone to continue sending their wishes. As for the rumours that were floated NEURO is not always about the brain and googling is the easiest way to do research 😉 To those who waited for my words, I hope to be back with more stories to tell.”
Earlier this week, Khan was admitted to the ICU in Mumbai’s Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital due to a colon infection, according to his PR agency.