Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan — a descendant of northern Indian royals, who acted in soap operas before starring in dozens of Hindi-language films a has died in Mumbai at age 53.
The actor died Wednesday at a hospital in Mumbai, after being admitted for a colon infection. He had also undergone treatment for a rare type of neuroendocrine cancer.
He appeared in more than 50 Bollywood films. His last was the Hindi-language comedy-drama Angrezi Medium, in which he played a middle-class single father who wants to fulfill his daughter’s dream of studying in London. Released on March 13, the film was one of the last movies shown in Indian theaters before they were shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Khan won four Filmfare awards — the Bollywood equivalent of Academy Awards. He played a police inspector in the 2008 British film Slumdog Millionaire, about a teenager from Mumbai’s slums who competes on the Indian version of the Who Wants to Be a Millionaire TV game show.
Khan was buried Wednesday afternoon local time, his spokesman said. Mourners and media lined up outside the cemetery in northern Mumbai. The crowd included at least two famous Bollywood directors.