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Slumdog Millionaire star Irrfan Khan has died at 53

Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan has died at the age of 53 after a colon infection. He was best known for his role in the Oscar-winning film Slumdog Millionaire.

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He played roles in Bollywood and Hollywood films such as the Oscar-winning "Slumdog Millionaire" and "Life of Pi: Shipwreck with Tiger": Irrfan Khan was considered one of the best Indian actors. He was known to display a wide range of emotions with a flicker of his eyebrows. It was also one of the most successful exports from India to Hollywood. Now Irrfan Khan has died at the age of 53.

"Slumdog Millionaire": Irrfan Khan has suffered from cancer since 2018

He died of complications from a colon infection, said a spokesman for the hospital in Mumbai where the actor had been taken. Khan was diagnosed with cancer in 2018. He went to London for longer treatment. But last year he returned to work.

Khan played many different roles in more than 80 films and had the ability to empathize with them - whether he was the outsider or the top cop, wrote the Indian film critic and director Khalid Mohammed on Khan's 50th birthday. In "Slumdog Millionär", for example, he was the pragmatic policeman who initially questioned the protagonist Jamal skeptically about his suspicion of cheating on a quiz show, and later empathized with Jamal.

Khan grew up in an aristocratic Muslim family in the Indian city of Jaipur. He's loved acting since childhood - a love his family rejected, as Khan repeatedly said in interviews. At drama school he met his future wife, a screenwriter. He has two sons with her. He initially starred in theater and television productions and almost gave up his career after years of only being able to do TV roles that didn't inspire him.

But then he made his breakthrough on the big screen - even though he does not correspond to the classic Bollywood star ideal that is portrayed by the always styled Shah Rukh Khan with his steeled body. Irrfan Khan, on the other hand, often had tousled hair and stubble. But his talent was convincing, he won prizes for his roles in several Indian films and the audience award at the Cannes Film Festival for "Lunchbox" (2013).

He touched the audience with his game

Bollywood films can often be limiting because there are many routines, songs and dances, as film critic Suparna Sharma says. But Khan always made small changes and touched his audience with a convincing, nuanced performance: "If you close your eyes and listen to him, his tone of voice changes in every dialogue." Foreign filmmakers were also always interested in him. He starred in "A Courageous Way" (2007), "The Amazing Spider-Man" (2012) and "Jurassic World" (2015). But then Khan announced the diagnosis of cancer in 2018.

Bollywood great Amitabh Bachchan wrote on Twitter that he left the world too soon and will leave a huge void. And actress Priyanka Chopra, the wife of US singer Nick Jonas, who has already stood in front of the camera with Khan, wrote: "The charisma you have brought to everything you have done is pure magic." © dpa