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Hollywood celebrities pay tribute to Irrfan Khan

The news of Irrfan Khan's demise left not only Indian film fraternity aghast but also Hollywood personalities like Natalie Portman, Angelina Jolie among others.

By: Entertainment Desk | New Delhi | Updated: April 30, 2020 9:11:24 am
irrfan khan death reactions Irrfan Khan in a still from Jurassic World.

Actor Irrfan Khan passed away on Wednesday after a long battle with cancer. The news of his demise has left not only Indian film fraternity aghast but also Hollywood filmmakers like Colin Trevorrow and Ava Duvernay.

Trevorrow, who directed Khan in his international outing Jurassic World, shared a happy photo of the actor from the movie Angrezi Medium. Along with it, he wrote, “Deeply sad to have lost #IrrfanKhan. A thoughtful man who found beauty in the world around him, even in pain. In our last correspondence, he asked me to remember “the wonderful aspects of our existence” in the darkest of days. Here he is, laughing.”

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Irrfan Khan made appearances in a few Hollywood films including Jurassic World, Inferno, Life of Pi and Slumdog Millionaire among more.

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ava Duvernay claimed to be a fan of Irrfan and felt he is “Gone too soon.” Sharing a monochrome photo of the actor, she wrote on Twitter, “A grateful fan of #IrrfanKhan here. Gone too soon. When he is on screen, you can’t take your eyes off of him. He lives on in his films.”

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Calling Irrfan, ‘one of the greatest actors’, Riz Ahmed tweeted, “Rest in peace one of the greatest actors of our time, Irrfan Khan. I never met him but he was an inspiration and a hero to me and millions of others. His work was consistently transcendent, he was a guiding light for so many of us.”

“Devasted that brave @irrfan khan sadly lost his battle. We had planned to work together and he spent a day at my house discussing our script before he fell ill. I mourn today for one of India’s hugest talents and the worlds greatest actor. RIP baijaan and thank for your amazing work and legacy. 🙏😇💕😢 #irrfankhan,” filmmaker Gurinder Chadha wrote while sharing a throwback photo with Irrfan.

Jurassic World co-star Chris Pratt tweeted, “So sad to hear about the passing of screen legend @irrfank. Irrfan Khan played Masrani in Jurassic World. He was an exquisite actor and human. He will be missed.” The film’s Twitter handle also shared a touching post honouring Irrfan and his work.

Kal Penn, who famously shared screen space with Irrfan in Mira Nair’s The Namesake, also took to social media to pay his respect to the late actor.

Angelina Jolie, who collaborated with Irrfan on A Mighty Heart, spoke to BBC UK about the actor. She said, “He stood out for his generosity as an artist, which made it a pleasure to work in any scene with him. I remember the intensity of his commitment, and equally his smile. I send my condolences and my sympathy to his family, his friends, and all admirers of his work, in India and around the world.”

Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle told the BBC, “Irrfan was a wonderful actor and a pivotal figure in the making of Slumdog Millionaire. It wasn’t a huge role, and in fact on paper it was even less rewarding-looking. But Irrfan saw the possibility of guiding our audience – with his dignity, his grace, his charm, his intelligence and his calmness – through this crossword puzzle of an idea of a film.”

The Academy also remembered Irrfan’s contribution to world cinema in a detailed tweet which read, “A mainstay of Bollywood cinema and incredible talent in films like Slumdog Millionaire, Life of Pi and The Namesake, Irrfan Khan left his imprint on global cinema. An inspiration to millions, he will be greatly missed.”

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I’m devastated by the news that the legend, Irrfan Khan, passed away at the age of 53. He was my favorite actor. Irrfan’s performances were defined by his subtlety and sensitivity, he could do more with silence and many actors could do with a two page Sorkin monologue. You watched him onscreen and thought “I know that person!” in any role he played, even if he was being chased around Europe in a Da Vinci Code movie with @tomhanks. He once wrote me to see if we could collaborate on something, and it remains the greatest honor of my career. If you aren’t familiar with his work, please watch Mira Nair’s The Namesake, or Ritesh Batra’s The Lunchbox. You will become a lifelong fan, I promise. I feel robbed of his future performances. My heart goes out to his family.

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Mindy Kaling shared a series of the actor’s photos on her Instagram handle and captioned it, “I’m devastated by the news that the legend, Irrfan Khan, passed away at the age of 53. He was my favorite actor. Irrfan’s performances were defined by his subtlety and sensitivity, he could do more with silence that many actors could do with a two page Sorkin monologue. You watched him onscreen and thought ‘I know that person!’ in any role he played, even if he was being chased around Europe in a Da Vinci Code movie with @tomhanks. He once wrote me to see if we could collaborate on something, and it remains the greatest honor of my career. If you aren’t familiar with his work, please watch Mira Nair’s The Namesake, or Ritesh Batra’s The Lunchbox. You will become a lifelong fan, I promise. I feel robbed of his future performances. My heart goes out to his family.”

A Lil Late with Lilly’s host and internet star Lilly Singh tweeted, “Very sad to hear the news of an absolute legend being taken too soon. RIP Irrfan Khan, an extraordinary actor with limitless talent. You were and will continue to be magic and an inspiration to myself and so many others. #RIPIrrfanKhan.”

natalie portman Natalie Portman with Irrfan Khan (Photo: Instagram/natalieportman).

Natalie Portman, who shared screen space with Irrfan in New York, I Love You shared a photo of herself with the actor on her Instagram story and wrote, “Sending love to Irrfan Khan’s loved ones today.”

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Irrfan Khan was admitted to the ICU on Tuesday following a colon infection. However, the actor’s health deteriorated, and he breathed his last on April 29.

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