Bollywood Actor Irrfan Khan recently revealed that he has been diagnosed with neuroendocrine tumour, and is out of the country for treatment.
The 51-year-old actor said it has been difficult to deal with but people around him have given him hope and support to fight it. “The unexpected makes us grow, which is what the past few days have been about,” he said in a statement.
— Irrfan (@irrfank) March 16, 2018
The rare illness affects the cells that release hormones into the bloodstream. Khan did not give any further details of his condition. He had tweeted on March 6 that he was suffering from a “rare disease” but did not say what it was.
Khan, 51, has acted in more than 100 films including Bollywood hits Piku, Maqbool, Haasil and Paan Singh Tomar. His English language films include Life Of Pi, Jurassic World, Slumdog Millionaire and The Amazing Spider-Man.
Film critics, contemporaries and other experts consider Sahabzade Irfan Ali Khan — who was born on January 7, 1967 — to be one of the finest actors in Indian cinema for his versatile and natural acting. Marked his screen debut in 1988 with the Academy Award nominated Salaam Bombay!, Khan received the Padma Shri (2011), India’s fourth highest civilian honour for his contribution to the field of arts.
— Irrfan (@irrfank) February 23, 2018
Khan has garnered the National Film Award for Best Actor in the 60th National Film Awards 2012 and a Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor for his performance in Paan Singh Tomar.
The actor has won the 2014 Asian Film Award for Best Actor, three International Indian Film Academy Awards, three Filmfare Awards, an Independent Spirit Award nomination, and various international honours. He also hosted a television show and commercials.
Khan is featured in more than fifty Indian films, and other international works such as The Namesake, The Darjeeling Limited, the Academy Award winner Slumdog Millionaire, Life of Pi, New York, I Love You, The Amazing Spider-Man, Jurassic World, and Inferno.
In September 2015, he was appointed as the brand ambassador for “Resurgent Rajasthan”, a campaign by the state government of Rajasthan. In the year 2017, his solo lead film Hindi Medium became a super hit at the box office, garnered significant praise from critics, and earned Khan the 2017 Filmfare Award for Best Actor for the role.
Khan was born in Jaipur, Rajasthan, to a Muslim Pathan family. His mother Begum Khan was from the Tonk Hakim family, and his father, the late Jagirdar Khan, was from the Khajuriya village near the Tonk district, and ran a tire business. Khan was studying for his MA degree when he earned a scholarship to study at National School of Drama (NSD) in New Delhi in 1984.