Hollywood mourns Irrfan’s death: Director Colin Trevorrow, Kal Penn express heartfelt tribute; international media calls him one of 'India's finest actors'


Acclaimed actor Irrfan, who is internationally known and recognized for his phenomenal work passed away in the wee hours of today morning. The actor was diagnosed with a rare neuroendocrine tumour n 2018 and underwent extensive treatment in London. He was admitted to the hospital in Mumbai for a colon infection but succumbed to it. He was 53 years old. 

The actor’s death sent shockwaves not only in Bollywood but tributes also poured in from overseas as well. There have been tears and heartfelt condolences doing rounds, including bereavement posts from industry peers as well as the President of India Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and several political leaders. Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow, American filmmaker and distributor Ava Duvernay, author Taslima Nasreen, Star Wars actor Riz Ahmed, actor Kal Penn who worked in Mira Nair’s The Namesake with Irrfan, director Asif Kapadia, Poorna Jagannathan, Peter Ramsey and several international publications mourned the loss of such an impeccable actor. Check out their posts below:

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The BBC commented, “Khan was known for his nuanced and understated performances, with many calling him one of India’s most talented actors.” Deadline pointed out, “Khan, widely considered one of India’s finest actors, received numerous awards, including the National Film Award and multiple Filmfare Awards.” 

“In a career that spanned over thirty years, Khan was a prolific film and television actor famed for his range as well as the humanity he brought to his roles,” The Hollywood Reporter noted in its obituary. “Mr. Khan was among the first Indian actors to make a consistent mark in Western cinema, after earlier crossover pioneers like Saeed Jaffrey, Roshan Seth and Om Puri,” The New York Times mentioned.

The Guardian wrote, "Despite his status as one of Bollywood’s most celebrated actors, Khan had a reputation for modesty and integrity and news of his death sent India into mourning, prompting actors, fans and politicians from across the world to express their sadness at his death."

(Source: Twitter/NY Times/Guardian/BBC/Hollywood Reporter)