Paulo Coelho smiles as he arrives for the screening of the film "Cosmopolis" in Cannes. File/AFP
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Bestselling author Paulo Coelho paid a moving tribute to acclaimed Indian actor Irrfan Khan using a quote from Bhagavad Gita, saying, "A star joins other stars in the sky".
The author took to Twitter to mourn the loss, and thanked him for his immense contribution to cinema.
"A star joins other stars in the sky. Thank you for everything, Irrfan Khan. 'Death is as sure for that which is born, as birth is for that which is dead. Therefore grieve not for what is inevitable' -- Bhagavad Gita," he posted.
With projects like "Paan Singh Tomar", "Piku", "Talvar", "The Lunchbox", "Maqbool", and "7 Khoon Maaf", Irrfan carved a name for himself in Hindi cinema. He has gradually established himself in the West too. He featured in foreign films like "The Namesake", "Life of Pi", "A Mighty Heart", "Slumdog Millionaire', "The Amazing Spider-Man", "Inferno" and "Jurassic World".
Irrfan died on Wednesday morning due to complications related to colon infection. Earlier, in 2018, he was diagnosed with a neuroendocrine tumour and underwent treatment in London for it. He is survived by his wife Sutapa Sikdar and sons Babil and Ayaan.
Brazilian author Paulo Coelho noted that Shah Rukh Khan's recent production "Kaamyaab", billed as a comedy, actually defines "the tragedy of art" for the way it captures the struggles of character actors in the film world.
She was 71 and breathed her last at a private hospital in Juhu where she was rushed last Sunday after severe breathing problems.
Hollywood stars, including Chris Pratt, Salma Hayek and Bryce Dallas Howard, are mourning the demise of actor Irrfan Khan by not only remembering him for his exceptional talent but also his good nature.
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