Doordarshan, India’s public sector broadcaster, has announced to rerun Irrfan Khan’s debut show Shrikant on the heels of the actor’s demise on Wednesday. Based on a Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay novel by the same name, the show also featured Farooq Shaikh, Sujata Mehta, Mrinal Kulkarni and Tiku Talsania in significant roles. Shrikant was directed by Pravin Nischol.
Announcing the rerun of Shrikant, the official Twitter handle of Doordarshan wrote on Wednesday, “Watch your favourite Irrfan Khan in Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s Shrikant, this afternoon at 3:30 pm on DD National.”
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National Film Award-winning actor Irrfan Kahn began his acting career on television. He played important roles in a number of DD serials including Shrikant, Kahkashan, Chanakya, Chandrakanta, Banegi Apni Baat and Jai Hanuman to name a few.
After gaining popularity on television, Khan transitioned to Bollywood and made his screen debut with the Academy Award nominated film Salaam Bombay! (1988). He followed it with several notable movies, delivering performances which impressed critics and went on to win prestigious awards for him.
For the 2011 acclaimed biographical sports drama Paan Singh Tomar, Khan walked away with the prestigious National Film Award for Best Actor and also a Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor.
Not just Bollywood, Irrfan Khan proved his mettle in the West as well. He played pivotal parts in a number of Hollywood films, including The Namesake (2006), Slumdog Millionaire (2008), The Amazing Spiderman (2012), Life Of Pie (2012), Jurassic World (2015) and Inferno (2016).
Khan, who was diagnosed with a neuroendocrine tumour in 2018, was admitted to a Mumbai hospital on Tuesday and succumbed to colon infection on Wednesday. His last rites were performer the same day. He is survived by his wife, Sutapa Devendra Sikdar, and two sons, Babil Khan and Ayaan Khan.