MUMBAI (Reuters) – Irrfan Khan, an Indian actor who introduced versatility and model to recent hit movies and had roles in Hollywood motion pictures these as “Life of Pi” and “The Namesake”, died on Wednesday, aged fifty four.

His death, soon after a extended battle with most cancers, was verified by a spokesman who mentioned Khan was surrounded by family at the time. He is survived by his spouse and two young children.

“He fought the lots of battles that came with it,” the spokesman mentioned in a statement, referring to the diagnosis of Khan’s rare most cancers in 2018.

Khan was amongst the to start with Indian actors to make a steady mark in Western cinema, following in the footsteps of crossover pioneers these as Saeed Jaffrey, Roshan Seth and Om Puri.

“An outstanding expertise,” mentioned Bollywood celebrity Amitabh Bachchan, amongst the tributes on Twitter that followed Khan’s death. “A gracious colleague. A prolific contributor to the world of cinema .. remaining us far too shortly producing a massive vacuum.”

Primary Minister Narendra Modi also expressed his condolences.

“Irrfan Khan’s demise is a loss to the world of cinema and theatre. He will be remembered for his multipurpose performances throughout unique mediums,” Modi mentioned in a tweet.

BOLLYWOOD Slow TO EMBRACE HIM

Born Sahabzade Irfan Ali Khan in the western desert state of Rajasthan, in a family with no ties to the cinema, the actor recalled in interviews that as young children, he and his siblings had been not allowed to watch motion pictures.

The only exception was when a checking out uncle took them to the theatre. Influenced by India’s arthouse cinema of the nineteen eighties Khan decided to make a profession in the field and moved to New Delhi to study theatre.

He then moved to Mumbai in lookup of performing positions, but the Bollywood movies of the 1990s did not present options for the understated performing that Khan favoured.

Khan labored in serials for Indian tv for near to a 10 years and sought bit elements in movies.

In 2001, as he was near to providing up, British filmmaker Asif Kapadia available him the guide role in “The Warrior”. The film won a BAFTA for Most effective British Film and was Britain’s entry to the Oscars. It also opened the doorways to Hollywood, which appreciated Khan long before Bollywood claimed him.

He went on to act in indie hits these as Mira Nair’s “The Namesake” primarily based on Jhumpa Lahiri’s e-book as effectively as extra preferred fare, which includes “Jurassic World”.

In “The Namesake”, he won praise for his delicate portrayal of a male who moves to the United States and grapples with the crises of identification that to start with-generation immigrants can encounter.

FILE Photo: Indian actor Irrfan Khan arrives for the screening of the film “Dabba (The Lunchbox)” at the thirty eighth Toronto Intercontinental Film Competition September eight, 2013. REUTERS/Mark Blinch

Khan acted in filmmaker Ritesh Batra’s debut, “The Lunchbox”. An personal story about a cantankerous male and the female who mistakenly sends him her husband’s lunch box one particular day, the film won all over the world acclaim, which includes in India.

In March 2018, Khan introduced that he had been diagnosed with a neuroendrocrine tumour. He subsequently returned from London, in which he was remaining taken care of, and shot a film “Angrezi Medium” (English Medium), which introduced in Indian cinemas final thirty day period.

Khan was absent for the duration of promotions and had not been witnessed in general public considering that information of his diagnosis.

Reporting by Shilpa Jamkhandikar Enhancing by Euan Rocha, Himani Sarkar and Gareth Jones

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