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Bollywood Actor Irrfan Khan dies aged 53

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Irrfan Khan, one of Bollywood’s most beloved stars who had achieved considerable success in the west, has died aged 53.

He had been admitted to the intensive care unit of Mumbai’s Kokilaben hospital on Tuesday with a colon infection and on Wednesday morning a statement was released confirming his death.

“It’s saddening that this day, we have to bring forward the news of him passing away,” read the statement. “Irrfan was a strong soul, someone who fought till the very end and always inspired everyone who came close to him.”

Despite his status as one of Bollywood’s most celebrated actors, Khan had a reputation for modesty and integrity and news of his death sent India into mourning, prompting actors, fans and politicians from across the world to express their sadness at his death.

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi said that Khan’s demise was “a loss to the world of cinema and theatre. He will be remembered for his versatile performances across different mediums. My thoughts are with his family, friends and admirers. May his soul rest in peace.”

Fellow Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan said Khan’s death left a “huge vacuum”. “An incredible talent, a gracious colleague, a prolific contributor to the world of cinema … left us too soon,” tweeted Bachchan.

“The charisma you brought to everything you did was pure magic,” tweeted Priyanka Chopra. “Your talent forged the way for so many in so many avenues. You inspired so many of us. Irrfan Khan you will truly be missed. Condolences to the family.”

Indian politician Rahul Gandhi described Khan as a “versatile and talented actor” who would be “greatly missed” while Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said India had lost “one of the most exceptional actors of our time.”

In March 2018, Khan revealed he had been diagnosed with a neuroendocrine tumour, but after extensive treatment he recovered well enough to shoot Angrezi Medium, the film that would turn out to be his last, and whose release this March was cut short because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Best known to English-speaking audiences as the police inspector in Slumdog Millionaire and for his roles in Jurassic World and Life of Pi, Khan was a Bollywood mainstay, acting in hits such as Haider, Piku and Hindi Medium.

“I always object to the word Bollywood,” he told the Guardian in 2013. “I don’t think it’s fair to have that name. Because that industry has its own technique, its own way of making films that has nothing to do with aping Hollywood. It originates in Parsi theatre.”

Khan was born Saahabzaade Irfan Ali Khan in Jaipur in 1966, the son of a tyre seller, and went to drama school after failing as a cricketer. He struggled to make headway in the film industry, despite being cast in a small role as a letter writer in Mira Nair’s 1988 Salaam Bombay! – to his frustration he only managed to find regular work in low-grade TV soap operas.

“I came into this industry to tell stories and do cinema and I was stuck in television,” he told the Guardian.

Khan’s breakthrough role came from an unlikely source: the feature debut of then-unknown British director Asif Kapadia, whose low budget samurai-esque tale, The Warrior, was shot in India. Released in 2002, The Warrior was selected for the prestigious San Sebastián film festival and won the Bafta award for best British film. Khan subsequently broke into mainstream Indian films, often playing cops or villains – including the title role of Maqbool, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth set in the Mumbai underworld. More orthodox Bollywood productions followed, such as Rog and the slice-of-life musical Life in a … Metro.

Khan also maintained a parallel career in British-American cinema: he played the chief of police in Michael Winterbottom’s A Mighty Heart, and another police officer in Slumdog Millionaire, which won eight Oscars. In later roles, he became a reliable standby character actor in big-budget Hollywood films, playing a doctor in The Amazing Spider-Man in 2012 and businessmen in Jurassic World (2015) and Inferno (2016). In 2012, he also played the adult version of the lead character in another Oscar-winner: Life of Pi, directed by Ang Lee. Director Wes Anderson said he specifically wrote a small role for Khan in his film The Darjeeling Limited just so they could work together.

Meanwhile, Khan found box-office success with the Indian-produced art film The Lunchbox, in which he played an accountant who strikes up a letter-writing romance with unhappy housewife Nimrat Kaur. Khan also continued his high Bollywood profile with significant roles in the Amitabh Bachchan comedy Piku and Hindi Medium, as a rich businessman trying to get his daughter into a good school.

Khan is survived by his wife, Sutapa Sikdar, and sons Babil and Ayan.

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കവിയും ​ഗാനരചയിതാവുമായ അനിൽ പനച്ചൂരാൻ അന്തരിച്ചു.

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തിരുവനന്തപുരം: പ്രശസ്ത കവിയും ​ഗാനരചയിതാവുമായ അനിൽ പനച്ചൂരാൻ അന്തരിച്ചു. തിരുവനന്തപുരം കിംസ് ആശുപത്രിയിൽ രാത്രി എട്ടരയോടെയായിരുന്നു അന്ത്യം. കൊവിഡ് ബാധിച്ചു ചികിത്സയിൽ ആയിരുന്നു.

ഞായറാഴ്ച രാവിലെ തലകറങ്ങി വീണതിനെത്തുടർന്ന് ആദ്യം മാവേലിക്കരയിലെയും പിന്നീട് കരു​ഗപ്പള്ളിയിലെയും സ്വകാര്യ ആശുപത്രികളിൽ ചികിത്സ തേടി. പിന്നീട് ​ഗുരുതരാവസ്ഥയിലായതോടെ തിരുവനന്തപുരത്തെ ആശുപത്രിയിലേക്ക് മാറ്റുകയായിരുന്നു. ഹൃദയാഘാതമാണ് മരണകാരണമെന്നാണ് പുറത്തുവരുന്ന വിവരം.

ആലപ്പുഴ ജില്ലയിൽ കായംകുളം ഗോവിന്ദമുട്ടത്ത് വാരണപ്പള്ളി പനച്ചൂർ വീട്ടിൽ ഉദയഭാനു- ദ്രൗപതി ദമ്പതികളുടെ മകനായി 1965 നവംബർ 20നാണ് അനിൽ പനച്ചൂരാന്റെ ജനനം. അനിൽകുമാർ പി.യു. എന്നാണ്‌ യഥാർത്ഥ പേര്. നങ്ങ്യാർകുളങ്ങര ടി.കെ.എം. കോളേജ്, തിരുവനന്തപുരം ലോ അക്കാദമി, വാറംകൽ കാകദീയ സർവകലാശാല എന്നിവിടങ്ങളിലായി വിദ്യാഭ്യാസം പൂർത്തിയാക്കി. ഭാര്യ: മായ, മകൾ:ഉണ്ണിമായ.

ലാൽ ജോസിന്റെ അറബിക്കഥ എന്ന ചിത്രത്തിലെ ചോര വീണ മണ്ണിൽ നിന്നു, എം. മോഹനന്റെ കഥ പറയുമ്പോൾ എന്ന ചിത്രത്തിലെ വ്യത്യസ്തനാമൊരു ബാർബറാം ബാലനെ എന്നീ ഗാനങ്ങൾ അനിൽ പനച്ചൂരാനെ പ്രശസ്തിയിലേക്കുയർത്തിയവയാണ്.

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HBO channel ceases broadcasting in India

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WarnerMedia International has announced the cessation of the HBO SD and HD linear movie channels in India and Pakistan, as well as the WB linear movie channel in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Maldives with effect from December 15.

This means that WarnerMedia International will have presence in India through its kids’ channel brands – Cartoon Network and POGO in the South Asia region. The broadcaster said in a statement that it will sharpen focus on the kids’ segment in India, including increasing local animation production in this region.

“After 20 years of successes for the HBO linear movie channel in South Asia and more than a decade with the WB linear movie channel, this was a difficult decision to make. The pay-TV industry landscape and the market dynamics have shifted dramatically, and the Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated the need for further change,” said Siddharth Jain, senior vice president and managing director, WarnerMedia’s entertainment networks in South Asia.

He added, “We would like to express our heartfelt appreciation to all our partners and fans who have made HBO and WB household names. We also owe a debt of gratitude to all our employees who have worked so passionately on these well-loved brands. WarnerMedia has a strong interest in India and are committed to assessing optimal opportunities to serve valued customers here.”

WarnerMedia will continue to have employees based in Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore to manage its kids’ channel brands operations, sales and marketing as well as the distribution of CNN International.

The HBO brand will also continue to have presence in India through it content deal with Disney+Hotstar. The video streaming platform houses HBO Original titles like WestWorld, and Game of Thrones.

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