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Saira Banu embraces Dilip Kumar’s mortal remains as she says her final goodbye

It’s the end of an era for the Indian film industry. Legendary actor Dilip Kumar passed away on July 7 at around 7.30 am. He was hospitalised twice in the past month owing to age-related illness. He took his last breath at the Hinduja Hospital in Mumbai. After his demise, his mortal remains were brought to his Bandra residence where members of the film industry arrived to pay their last respect.

Dilip Kumar

Dilip Kumar’s wife Saira Banu was inconsolable post the demise of her husband. The couple has been married since 1966, and the two have been each other’s pillar of support since then. “What will I do now? I’ve been deprived of the one reason to live,” Sairaji wailed to one of the guests at her home after the news of her husband Dilip Kumar’s death spread like wildfire in Mumbai.

Dilip Kumar was laid to rest at the Juhu qabrastan at 4.30 pm on July 7. The Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan recipient was buried with full state honours.

Famous Bollywood Personalities From DevBhoomi Himachal Pradesh

There are many famous Himachali personalities in Bollywood and they are not famous in Himachal but also in all over the world. 

Here is list of famous Bollywood personalities from Himachal Pradesh:-

  1. Kangana Ranaut

Kangana Ranaut was born in Bhambla (now Surajpur), a small town in the Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh, into a Rajput family. Kangana Ranaut is popular in the industry because of her unconventional lifestyle and rebellious nature. She is one actress who has established her amazing acting skills and talent by giving her 100% efforts in her performance. The recipient of several awards, including three National Film Awards and four Filmfare Awards, she has featured six times in Forbes India’s Celebrity 100 list. In 2020, the Government of India honoured her with the Padma Shri, the country’s fourth highest civilian award.

Read here the success story of Kangana Ranaut

2. Anupam Kher

Anupam Kher was born on 7 March 1955 in a Kashmiri Pandit family in Shimla. He is the recipient of two National Film Awards and eight Filmfare Awards. He has appeared in over 500 films predominantly in Hindi language, and many plays. He won the Filmfare Award for Best Actor for his performance in Saaransh (1984).

He holds the record for winning the Filmfare Award for Best Comedian five times in total for: 

  • Ram Lakhan (1989)
  • Lamhe (1991)
  • Khel (1992)
  • Darr (1993) and
  • Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge (1995).

3. Preity Zinta

Preity Zinta was born into a Rajput family from Shimla, Himachal Pradesh. Her father, Durganand Zinta, was an officer in the Indian Army.

She made her acting debut in Dil Se.. in 1998, followed by a role in Soldier in the same year. These performances earned her the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut, and she was later recognized for her role as a teenage single mother in Kya Kehna (2000). She subsequently established a career as a leading actress of Hindi cinema with a variety of character types.

4. Yami Gautam

Yami Gautam was born in a Hindu Brahmin family in Bilaspur, Himachal Pradesh and was brought up in Chandigarh. She came to prominence after starring in a series of Glow & Lovely commercials. She later made her television debut in Chand Ke Paar Chalo (2008–2009) and also appeared in Yeh Pyar Na Hoga Kam (2009–2010).

Gautam made her Hindi film debut in 2012 with the comedy Vicky Donor, which was a critical and commercial success. For her performance, she received praise as well as nomination for Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut.

5. Mohit Chauhan

Mohit Chauhan was born in the town of Nahan, Sirmaur district, Himachal Pradesh, on 11 March 1966. Mohit Chauhan has received two Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer and three Zee Cine Award For Best Male Playback Singer awards. He has recorded several songs for Indian films and albums in other languages. He is one of the most prominent Indie pop singers of India.

Kanika Kapoor, Big B, Rhea Chakraborty top Google India’s Most Searched People 2020 list

Kanika Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan and Rhea Chakraborty are among the most searched personalities in Google India’s Year in Search list. Ankita Lokhande and Kangana Ranaut also make it to the list.

Kanika Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan and Rhea Chakraborty are among the most searched people in Google India’s list for 2020. Anikita Lokhande and Kangana Ranaut also feature in the list. Search engine Google released Year in Search list on Wednesday which features most searched personalities of 2020.

As per Google India’s Year in Search 2020 result, Kanika Kapoor was the most searched personality after US President-elect Joe Biden and journalist Arnab Goswami. Amitabh Bachchan is on the fifth spot on the list followed by Rhea Chakraborty.

KANIKA KAPOOR MAKES TO THE LIST FOR CORONAVIRUS

Kanika Kapoor, who made headlines after she tested positive for coronavirus in March, is on the third spot on Google India’s Year in Search list. She was among the first Indian celebrities to contract Covid-19. The Baby Doll singer drew a lot of flak for attending parties without quarantining after coming from a foreign trip and hiding her travel history. An FIR was also registered against Kanika for negligence and committing acts likely to spread the fatal disease.

AMITABH BACHCHAN ON FIFTH SPOT

Amitabh Bachchan, who is always in the news, stands at the fifth position in the list of most searched personalities in India. He was also tested positive for coronavirus along with his family members, including son Abhishek Bachchan, daughter-in-law Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and granddaughter Aaradhya Bachchan. Many news channels and websites covered the news extensively. From his hospital to his daily routine every thing was flashed on the TV screens and was available on the internet. His fans also searched for his health update.

Before this, Amitabh Bachchan’s film Gulabo Sitabo was released on Amazon Prime Video. The Shoojit Sircar directorial venture was among the first films to be released on an OTT platform ditching a theatrical release. Big B is currently hosting Kaun Banega Crorepati 12.

RHEA CHAKRABORTY AMONG MOST SEARCHED IN INDIA

After the death of Sushant Singh Rajput on June 14, Rhea Chakraborty was the talk of the town. The actress, who was in a live-in relationship with the late actor, was vilified as a “gold-digger” and “drug peddler” after her name came in the Bollywood drug controversy. Sushant’s father also registered a complaint of abetment to suicide against her and others. He alleged that she along with her family siphoned off Rs 15 crore from the actor’s bank account.

Rhea Chakraborty was also arrested for allegedly supplying marijuana to Sushant. She spent a month in Mumbai’s Byculla jail before she was released on bail.

ANKITA LOKHANDE AND KANGANA RANAUT ALSO IN THE LIST

Ankita Lokhande and Kangana Ranaut also feature in the list of Google India’s Most Searched Personalities of 2020. Ankita was at the centre of attention after the demise of her ex-boyfriend and actor Sushant Singh Rajput. The actress demanded justice for the late actor on social media and was seen with his family. Sushant and Ankita had starting dating on the sets of their popular TV show Pavitra Rishta. They also lived together for years before their break-up.

Joining Ankita on the Google India list is her Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi co-star Kangana Ranaut. The Queen actress is often in news of late for her remarks and Twitter spats. After making her debut on Twitter recently, she has been making a lot of statements on various issues, which often land her in the soup. Her latest Twitter spat with Diljit Dosanjh over farmers’ protest also made headlines.

Reference: https://www.indiatoday.in/

Himanshi Khurana celebrates birthday with Asim Riaz

Asim Riaz made ladylove Himanshi Khurana’s birthday ‘extra special’ as he turned the biggest cheerleader for her and left fans going gaga over their bond. Take a look at AsiManshi’s viral video here.

Remember how Asim Riaz tried to ‘impress’ Himanshi Khurana with a special heart-shaped paratha last year on her birthday in the Bigg Boss 13 house? Well, that sweetest AsiManshi moment is still ‘the best’ for the couple’s fans. However, today (November 27) on Himanshi’s birthday, Asim has given fans another adorable moment to smile, and fans are all hearts for it.

Asim has added sparkle to Himanshi’s birthday yet again but turning it a cheerleader for her. The handsome hunk has left no stones unturned to make his ladylove feel extra special and loved. Himanshi is celebrating her birthday in Mohali with her family and beau Asim. A video of Himanshi’s ‘happening birthday’ celebrations have gone viral on social media, and fans cannot stop crushing over AsiManshi. In the clip, one can see fireworks are going off in the distance, while Himanshi’s closed ones are gathered in a beautiful lawn-barista setting. 

While there are several people in the video, one can spot Asim Riaz, cheering for his ladylove, embracing her and showering her with all his love. This is not all. An ecstatic Asim then goes on to declare loudly and happily that Himanshi is the best and deserves the best. Upon listening to Asim’s sweet words, Himanshi’s family go on to cheer for her and Asim, making her beam in happiness. Well, Asim’s love for Himanshi has moved many and the duo’s fans are left gawking. 

Himanshi’s birthday bash was beautifully decorated with heart balloons, cakes, and lights. The Punjabi star looked ethereal in a long off-shoulder dress, while Asim looked handsome in cool casuals. What are your thoughts on the same?

Actor Ashiesh Roy, Star Of Sasural Simar Ka, Dies At 55

In May, Ashiesh Roy had asked for financial help on social media when he was admitted to the intensive care unit of a hospital in Mumbai.

Popular TV actor Ashiesh Roy, known for starring in the soap opera Sasural Simar Ka, died on Tuesday at his residence, according to his friend, actor Sooraj Thapar. He was 55. In May, Ashiesh Roy, who was undergoing dialysis, had asked for financial help on social media when he was admitted to the intensive care unit of a hospital in Mumbai. According to Sooraj Thapar, who worked with the actor on the serialRishta Sajhedari Ka, Ashiesh Roy complained of breathlessness before collapsing in the early hours of Tuesday.

“His staff, who was with him, offered him tea but he refused and started breathing heavily. Then suddenly he collapsed around 3.45 am. He had a kidney ailment and was undergoing regular dialysis too.

According to Ashiesh Roy’s caretaker, the actor’s condition had significantly improved over the last few months, Sooraj Thapar said. Post his hospitalisation, the actor said, he had started getting work and had even dubbed for a film last week.

The late actor’s sister is now en route from Kolkata to Mumbai and would reach the city in the evening, post which a decision on the last rites will be taken. Ashiesh Roy, who was active in the entertainment industry since the late 1990s, had worked in films such as Emraan Hashmi’s Raja Natwarlal and MP3: Mera Pehla Pehla Pyaar.

On the small screen, he also featured in shows like Banegi Apni Baat, Remix, Kuch Rang Pyar Ke Aise Bhi and Jeannie Aur Juju.

The Legendary Zohra Sehgal: Success Story

Zohra Segal has received honours like the Padma Shri (1998), the Kalidas Samman (2001), and the Padma Vibhushan (2010).  Bollywood’s favourite dadi who craved for attention as she thought she was ugly.

Sahibzadi Zohra Begum Mumtaz-ullah Khan was born in a progressive, aristocratic Muslim family in Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh, in 1912. Brought up in the age of purdah, Sehgal was sent to Lahore to pursue her higher education at Queen Mary College. Sehgal ended up at Mary Wigman’s school in Dresden, Germany, where she trained in Eurythmics.

In 1935, Sehgal joined Uday Shankar’s dance troupe in Japan, and even though she was rarely cast as the lead because of her unconventional features, she deeply invested in her dancing.

In 1942, Sehgal fell for Kameshwar Sehgal, who was eight years younger than her, and married him in Allahabad, one of the few places in pre-Independent India where a Hindu could marry a Muslim without either having to convert. Sehgal had two children, Kiran and Pavan.

Life in UK

In 1945, Sehgal became a dance director at Prithvi Theatre. She stayed on in that position till 1959, and around that time Kameshwar passed away.

In 1962, she got a theatre scholarship to the United Kingdom. She wouldn’t return to India until 1987. Initially, she studied theatre while living at a students’ hostel “like an eighteen-year-old”, according to her daughter’s memoir of her. Eventually, when Kiran and Pavan moved to London, she took up two jobs — dressing actors in a theatre and working at a store to make ends meet.

Career and acomplishments

Aside from mastering dance and theatre, Sehgal also made a foray into movies. She is internationally known for her roles in television series Dr. Who (1964-65) and the movie The Jewel in the Crown.

In 1993, Sehgal and her sister Uzra Butt starred in Shahid Nadeem’s popular play Ek Thi Nani. This role marked the start of her career as the loving, displaced grandmother always clamouring for a return to tradition. She then went on to star in various movies and TV shows as the quintessential grandmother — Bhaji on the Beach (1992), The Mystic Masseur (2001), Bend It Like Beckham (2002), Dil Se (1998), Saawariya and Cheeni Kum (2007) and TV serials Tandoori Nights (1985–87) and Amma and Family (1996).

She was awarded the Padama Shri in 1998, Kalidas Samman in 2001 and the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship for lifetime achievement.

Death and tributes

In 2014, Sehgal was diagnosed with pneumonia and died due to a cardiac arrest on 10 July 2014.

Success Story of Arati Saha – the groundbreaking Indian swimmer

Arati Saha, a groundbreaking Indian long distance swimmer and Olympian, on what would have been her 80th birthday.

On 29 September 1959 she became the first Asian woman to cross the English Channel, swimming 42 miles from Cape Gris Nez, France to Sandgate, England. She told interviewers later in her life that she was inspired by Indian swimmer Mihir Sen.

Saha was born in Kolkata Bengali, one of three children. Her incredible athletic gift emerged early in her life and Saha won her first gold medal for swimming at 5 years old, under the tutelage of her mentor Sachin Nag. By 11 years old, she was known as a swimming prodigy.

Today’s doodle was drawn by fellow Kolkata native, artist Lavanya Naidu. Naidu hopes her drawing helps inspire people everywhere to ‘dream big, no matter where you come from.’

Saha earned multiple honors in her early career, including setting an all-India record in 1949 and breaking Dolly Nazir’s all-India record in a 1951 West Bengal state meet. Nazir and Saha would represent India together at the 1952 Olympics, and was one of the four women participants.

After the Olympics, Saha focused on practicing the breaststroke, consistently her best category. She also started participating in a long-distance swim competition in the Ganges. She reached out to congratulate Bengladeshi swimmer Brojen Das when he became the first Asian swimmer to cross the English Channel in 1952. He went on to recommend Arati Saha to the Butlin International Cross Channel Swimming Race organizers for the 1953 event. Despite her popularity and wide support, she struggled to raise the funding to travel to England until the Prime Minister of India, Jawahar Lal Nehru, offered her support.

Arati Saha’s training regime was more than rigorous. At one point, she swam for eight straight hours at the pond in Deshbandhu Park, and then went on to double her time. After six years of training, Saha traveled to England on 24 July 1959.

Her first event was plagued with mishaps. Her pilot boat was almost an hour late, and she missed favorable conditions. Saha came within five miles of the English coast, but had to turn back for her own safety.

On 29 September 1959 Arati Saha made her second attempt at crossing the English Channel. She was for an astonishing 16 hours and 20 minutes, covering 42 miles. When she reached the English shores, Saha hoisted the flag of India.

After her historic victory, she married her longtime manager Dr. Arun Gupta in 1959. The next year she was awarded Padma Shri, one of India’s highest civilian honors, in 1960. The Department of Posts created a postage stamp in her honor in 1999. Google doodle artist Lavanya Naidu was an avid stamp collector as a kid in the ‘90s, and remembers her excitement at seeing her hometown hero on a stamp.

Arati Saha had one daughter, Archana, and worked for the railways through her adult life. She passed away on 4 August 1994.

Reference: Independent.co.uk

Attorney General’s No To Contempt Plea Against Actor Swara BhaskAr

The Attorney General’s nod is a must before filing a contempt petition in the top court.

The Attorney General of India has declined permission to an advocate to file a contempt plea against actor Swara Bhasker for comments on the Supreme Court’s verdict in the Babri Masjid and Ayodhya land dispute case; the comments were described by the petitioner as “derogatory”, “scandalous” and an “attack on the institution”.

The Attorney General’s nod is a must before filing a contempt petition in the top court.

Attorney General KK Venugopal said the comment was the “perception of the speaker” and did not “offer any comment on the Supreme Court itself or say anything that would scandalise or tend to scandalise… the authority of the Supreme Court”.

“In my opinion, this statement does not constitute criminal contempt,” the Attorney General said.

The statement, reportedly made at an event in Mumbai, was written out in the Attorney General’s letter: “We are living in a country where the Supreme Court states that the demolition of the Babri Masjid was unlawful and, in the same judgment, rewards the same people who brought down the mosque”.

In November last year the Supreme Court had ruled that the formerly disputed land in Ayodhya belonged to the deity Ram Lalla, or the infant Lord Ram.

The court, however, also said that the razing of the 16th century Babri Masjid in December 1992 was unlawful and a “calculated act of destroying a place of public worship”.

In his statement today the Attorney General said the “statement in the first part appears to be a factual one, and is perception of the speaker”.

The second comment made by Ms Bhasker, also written out in the Attorney General’s letter today, said that “we are ruled by a government that doesn’t believe in our Constitution… we are ruled by police forces that do not believe in the Constitution… it seems we are now in a situation where our courts are not sure whether they believe in the Constitution.”

Plea for criminal contempt proceedings against Swara Bhasker dismissed 26 New Delhi: 

The Attorney General of India has declined permission to an advocate to file a contempt plea against actor Swara Bhasker for comments on the Supreme Court’s verdict in the Babri Masjid and Ayodhya land dispute case; the comments were described by the petitioner as “derogatory”, “scandalous” and an “attack on the institution”.

The Attorney General’s nod is a must before filing a contempt petition in the top court.

Attorney General KK Venugopal said the comment was the “perception of the speaker” and did not “offer any comment on the Supreme Court itself or say anything that would scandalise or tend to scandalise… the authority of the Supreme Court”.

“In my opinion, this statement does not constitute criminal contempt,” the Attorney General said.

The statement, reportedly made at an event in Mumbai, was written out in the Attorney General’s letter: “We are living in a country where the Supreme Court states that the demolition of the Babri Masjid was unlawful and, in the same judgment, rewards the same people who brought down the mosque”.

In November last year the Supreme Court had ruled that the formerly disputed land in Ayodhya belonged to the deity Ram Lalla, or the infant Lord Ram.

The court, however, also said that the razing of the 16th century Babri Masjid in December 1992 was unlawful and a “calculated act of destroying a place of public worship”.

In his statement today the Attorney General said the “statement in the first part appears to be a factual one, and is perception of the speaker”.

The second comment made by Ms Bhasker, also written out in the Attorney General’s letter today, said that “we are ruled by a government that doesn’t believe in our Constitution… we are ruled by police forces that do not believe in the Constitution… it seems we are now in a situation where our courts are not sure whether they believe in the Constitution.”

She goes on to say that the way forward had been “shown to us” by numerous civil society protests led by students and women, in particular.

The comment has been seen by many as a reference to protests such as the one led by women in Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh against the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).

The protest made international headlines with protesters agitating against the “anti-Muslim” CAA, NRC (National Register of Citizens) and NPR (National Population Register).

Passed last year, the government said the CAA would help persecuted minorities from three Muslim-majority nations – Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh.

Ms Bhasker was also outspoken in her support of the student community in the national capital for their role in the protests. The actor, who is a graduate of Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University, praised students for “waking up the entire country“.

The Attorney General’s refusal to proceed with a criminal contempt case against Ms Bhasker comes days after lawyer-activist Prashant Bhushan was held guilty of the same charge. Mr Bhushan, the court ruled, had crossed a line in making comments about the judiciary.

Mr Bhushan, in his defence, said he considered the tweets “as an attempt for working for the betterment of the institution”, and that open criticism was necessary to safeguard democracy in India. The Attorney General had clarified in court that his views are not of the government but were personal ones.

An unimpressed Supreme Court gave Mr Bhushan up to three days “to reconsider” his statement and sought an unconditional apology by August 24.

Reference Link: NDTV

TV actor Sameer Sharma found dead at Mumbai home, suicide suspected

TV actor Sameer Sharma, best known for his role in the TV serial Yeh Rishtey Hain Pyaar Ke, has reportedly died by suicide at the age of 44.

Sameer Sharma, a 44-year-old television actor, was found dead in his Malad apartment late on Wednesday night. Malad police officials said that the actor died by suicide.

An officer from Malad police station said, “The actor was staying at first floor of Neha CHS building, Ahinsa Marg in Malad (west). On Wednesday a security guard found him dead and alerted the society members.”

George Fernandes, senior inspector from Malad police station said, “We have registered a case of accidental death (ADR) and sent his body to a government hospital for autopsy.” According to police, he had rented the apartment in February. The investigation is ongoing.

The actor had also appeared in the shows Kahaani Ghar Ghar Ki and Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi, Jyoti, Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Du, and Left Right Left, among others. He is also listed as a cast member in films such as Hasee Toh Phasee and Ittefaq.

Sameer’s death was condoled by actors Sidharth Malhotra and Varun Dhawan. His last social media post, a picture of the sea, was shared on Instagram on July 29.

In 2020, several cases of suicide have been reported in the film and television industries, including Manmeet Grewal, Preksha Mehta, and Sushant Singh Rajput.

 

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan Tests Negative For COVID-19, Discharged From Hospital

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s husband Abhishek said in a tweet that Aishwarya and their eight-year-old daughter had tested negative and been sent home. 

Actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has been discharged from Mumbai’s Nanavati Hospital, where she was being treated for COVID-19, after a 10-day stay. Her husband Abhishek said in a tweet that Aishwarya and their eight-year-old daughter had tested negative and been sent home; he and his father Amitabh Bachchan were still in hospital. “Thank you all for your continued prayers and good wishes. Indebted forever. Aishwarya and Aaradhya have thankfully tested negative and have been discharged from the hospital. They will now be at home. My father and I remain in hospital under the care of the medical staff,” Abhishek Bachchan tweeted.

Read Abhishek Bachchan’s tweet:

Amitabh and Abhishek Bachchan announced last weekend that they had tested positive and were in hospital. Big B, 77, wrote: “I have tested COVID positive… shifted to hospital…. Hospital informing authorities .. family and staff undergone tests , results awaited… All that have been in close proximity to me in the last 10 days are requested to please get themselves tested.”

 

Rishi Kapoor dies at 67, brother Randhir Kapoor confirms

Actor Rishi Kapoor has died at 67 after a two-year-long battle with cancer. Rishi breathed his last at the Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital in Mumbai. 

After Irrfan Khan‘s death, India is shocked again with Rishi Kapoor’s death. Rishi’s hospitalisation was confirmed by his elder brother, actor Randhir Kapoor. “It’s true that he has been admitted to the hospital. He is in Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital. He was not keeping well and had some problem, so we admitted him early this morning,” Randhir had said on Wednesday evening. Asked if it was an emergency situation, Randhir said: “That’s why he has gone to the hospital. But I know that he will be alright. Neetu (Kapoor) is by his side.”

In 2018, Rishi Kapoor was diagnosed with cancer, following which the actor was in New York for more than a year to receive treatment. He returned to India in September 2019 after recovering.

Post return to India, Kapoor’s health had frequently been in focus. The actor was admitted to hospital in quick succession in February. Amid speculations about his health, he had been hospitalised in New Delhi in early February, while on a visit to New Delhi.

Rishi was the second son of late actor Raj Kapoor and the sibling of Randhir, Ritu Nanda, Rima Jain and Rajeev Kapoor. He made his film debut with Bobby opposite Dimple Kapadia in 1973 and was also seen as a child actor in films such as Shree 420 and Mera Naam Joker.

He was part of hit films such as Amar Akbar Anthony, Laila Majnu, Rafoo Chakkar , Sargam, Karz, Bol Radha Bol and others. In the later stage of his career, he was seen in films such as Kapoor and Sons, D-Day, Mulk and 102 Not Out.

The actor was last seen in Emraan Hashmi’s The Body and had recently announced his next project, a remake of Hollywood film The Intern, also featuring Deepika Padukone.

Source: HT

 

 

Irrfan Khan, Bollywood’s Trailblazer, Passes Away At 53

Irrfan Khan, an icon of Indian cinema who had a string of Anglo-American successes under his belt, including Slumdog Millionaire, Life of Pi and Jurassic World, has died in Mumbai.

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.

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.