Mumbai: The Indian cinema this week lost two finest performers- Irfan Khan at 53 and Rishi Kapoor at 67.
Irrfan Khan was admitted to the intensive care unit in a Mumbai hospital on Tuesday with colon infection. However, on Wednesday morning a statement was released from the hospital 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 respect for his skills as an actor, Irrfan Khan was remembered for many actors across the country for being a down-to-earth, humble human being.
Indian prime minister Narendra Modi said 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."
Subsequently, on April 30, veteran Bollywood actor passed away in Mumbai. He was admitted to a hospital after he had breathing difficulties.
The actor was diagnosed with cancer in 2018. After his cancer treatment, he returned to India from New York in September last year.
An official statement confirming the actor's demise read, "Our dear Rishi Kapoor passed away peacefully at 8:45 am IST in hospital today after a two-year battle with leukaemia. The doctors and medical staff said he kept them entertained to the last.
The tweet by Amitabh Bachchan read, "T 3517 - He's GONE .. ! Rishi Kapoor .. gone .. just passed away .. I am destroyed !"