Kal Penn, Frieda Pinto lead Hollywood in paying tribute to Irrfan Khan

WION Web Team
New Delhi Published: Apr 30, 2020, 09:15 AM(IST)

Kal Penn shared this image of Irrfan and himself from the movie 'The Namesake' Photograph:( Instagram )

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"Irrfan’s art and humanity will be badly missed," wrote Kal Penn as he paid tribute to the late actor.

They played father and son in Mira Nair's 'The Namesake' and on Wednesday as the news of Irrfan Khan's death broke, Indian-American actor Kal Penn paid rich tribute to his onscreen father and co-actor.

Kal shared photos from 'The Namesake' and wrote, "Irrfan’s art and humanity will be badly missed. Never seen someone use the beats of silence so beautifully to convey so much about who we are. Sending love to Sutapa and the family."

Irrfan and Kal had played Ashoke and Gogol Ganguly in Mira Nair's adaptation of Jhumpa Lahiri's book by the same name. The film also starred Tabu as Irrfan's wife and the film is considered a classic.

Penn was not the only India-American artist to pay his tribute on Wednesday. Irrfan had featured in numerous Hollywood films and artists like Riz Ahmed, Mindy Kailing, Freida Pinto and Kunal Nayyar paid tributes to the late actor.


Natalie Portman and The Academy too honoured the late actor with a post on Twitter.



Irrfan died on Wednesday in Mumbai after a prolonged battle with cancer. The actor is survived by his wife Sutapa and sons Babil and Ayan.

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