The entertainment industry lost one of its finest gems in the form of Irrfan Khan on April 29, 2020. He was 53. The Indian actor starred in some of the most acclaimed movies in both Bollywood and Hollywood. The Life of Pi actor leaves behind a grieving family, along with saddened fans and colleagues. His death comes after a prolonged battle with health problems and a mere three days after the passing of his mother. Today, we look back on this talented actor’s legacy, while detailing facts about his family.
Irrfan’s Khan Mother Passed Away a Few Days Before Him
Born Sahabzade Irfan Ali Khan on January 7, 1967, Irrfan Khan was a native of the Western Indian state of Rajasthan. He originally went by Irfan Khan, adding the extra “r” in his name later in his career.
His mother, Sayeeda Begum, and father, Sahabzade Yaseen Ali Khan, ran a family-owned tire business in their hometown. His father passed away when Khan was barely 20 years old.
Khan, whose Hollywood credits include Slumdog Millionaire, The Amazing Spider-Man, Life of Pi, Jurassic World, and Inferno, had been battling a neuroendocrine tumor, a rare form of cancer, since 2018. He was initially on a slow path to recovery after treatment in the UK.
On April 25, 2020, Irrfan Khan’s mother Sayeeda Begum passed away in Jaipur, Khan’s hometown. She was 95.
India is currently amid a lock-down due to the coronavirus pandemic, so Khan’s family reportedly couldn’t be with her during her final moments.
Reports on April 28, 2020 revealed that Khan was being treated for a colon infection at Mumbai’s Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital. He passed away the following day.
Khan’s Wife Is an Indian Film Dialogue Writer
Irrfan Khan is one of the notable alumnus of the National School of Drama (NSD) in the Indian capital of New Delhi. Though he also had the talent to become a cricketer, he studied acting at NSD on a scholarship.
At NSD, he met Delhi-born Sutapa Sikdar, a fellow student. The college sweethearts got married on February 23, 1995. They had two sons, Babil and Ayan.
They lived in Mumbai, the Bollywood capital, where Khan focused on his acting career and Sikdar established herself as a writer in the same industry.
Her writing credits include Khamoshi: The Musical, which is regarded as one of the finest musicals in Indian cinema. She’s also written dialogues for movies like Shabd, Supari, and Kahaani. She produced Khan’s 2016 movie, Madaari.
The award-winning actor is survived by his wife and sons, who were reportedly with him at the hospital when his health deteriorated.