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Hollywood remembers Irrfan Khan

  • Published at 05:02 am May 1st, 2020
Irrfan Khan

Actors Angelina Jolie, Natalie Portman, Salma Hayek, Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, among stars paying tribute

Irrfan Khan was one of the few Indian actors who successfully trod between Hollywood and Bollywood for decades. Following his untimely demise on April 29 at the age of 53, his co-stars and directors expressed their grief to the press and on social social media .

Angelina Jolie had expressed her condolences in a message: "I had the privilege of working with Irrfan Khan on the set of A Mighty Heart. 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."

Natalie Portman took to Instagram sharing a photo of herself and Irrfan from Mira Nair's short film in the New York, I Love You anthology, where she wrote: "Sending love to Irrfan Khan’s loved ones today."

Chris Pratt, who worked with Irrfan on the 2015 blockbuster Jurassic World', wrote: "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," Pratt tweeted.

The director of that film, Colin Trevorrow, was one of the firsts to post about the actor's death. Irrfan's other co-star from Jurrasic World, Bryce Dallas Howard shared two stills of hers with Irrfan from the film saying: “Irrfan, you are an exquisite human being and we will all miss you dearly. These images are from the first and last day of filming, and I was lucky enough to spend them working with you. Love to you and your family always.” Howard's father, Oscar winner Ron Howard directed Irrfan in the Da Vinci Code sequel Inferno.

Life of Pi director Ang Lee wrote: "His passing away is cinema's loss. We will miss him dearly. May you Rest In Peace my dear friend."

Slumdog Millionnaire director Danny Boyle told the BBC: "Irrfan was a wonderful actor and a pivotal figure in the making of Slumdog Millionaire."

Although Salma Hayek was never in a movie with Irrfan, she admired his work. "So sad to hear that Irrfan Khan passed away, I was a big fan and had the honour to meet him. He was a great actor and a lovely man, may he Rest In Peace," she posted on Instagram.

Film festivals like Locarno, Tribeca, Toronto International Film Festival paid their respects to the late actor on social media. The Academy also mourned the loss: "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," read a post on the official twitter account of The Academy.

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