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Irrfan Khan opens up on fighting neuroendocrine tumour, says pain felt more enormous than God

Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan has written a long note detailing his state of mind as he fights cancer. The actor is undergoing treatment in London for neuroendocrine tumour.

bollywood Updated: Jun 19, 2018 09:48 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times
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Irrfan Khan is undergoing treatment for neuroendocrine tumour in London.

After months of speculations over his health, here is some good news for fans of Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan. The actor, who revealed he was diagnosed with neuroendocrine tumour in March this year, has told Bombay Times how the trips to hospitals made him realise the unpredictable nature of life. The statement offers hope and relief to fans who have been concerned about Irrfan’s health.

The tabloid quoted Irrfan as saying, “I had been in a different game, I was travelling on a speedy train ride, had dreams, plans, aspirations, goals, was fully engaged in them. And suddenly someone taps on my shoulder and I turn to see. It’s the TC: “Your destination is about to come. Please get down.” I am confused: “No, no. My destination hasn’t come.” “No, this is it. This is how it is sometimes. The suddenness made me realise how you are just a cork floating in the ocean with UNPREDICTABLE currents! And you are desperately trying to control it.”

“In this chaos, shocked, afraid and in panic, while on one of the terrifying hospital visits, I blabber to my son, “The only thing I expect from ME is not to face this crisis in this present state. I desperately need my feet. Fear and panic should not overrule me and make me miserable,” he added, “That was my INTENTION. AND THEN PAIN HIT. As if all this while, you were just getting to know pain, and now you know his nature and his intensity. Nothing was working; NO consolation, no motivation. The entire cosmos becomes one at that moment – just PAIN, and pain felt more enormous than GOD,” Irrrfan further said.

The National Award-winning actor added, “This realisation made me submit, surrender and trust, irrespective of the outcome, irrespective of where this takes me, eight months from now, or four months from now, or two years. The concerns took a back seat and started to fade and kind of went out of my mindspace. For the first time, I felt what ‘freedom’ truly means. It felt like an accomplishment. As if I was tasting life for the first time, the magical side of it. My confidence in the intelligence of the cosmos became absolute. I feel as if it has entered every cell of mine. Time will tell if it stays, but that is how I feel as of now.”

Irrfan had shared the news of illness on Instagram earlier.

On the work front, Irrfan’s film, Blackmail, released while he was out of the country for his treatment. A Vishal Bharadwaj directorial that also stars Deepika Padukone has been postponed for now because of the actor’s health. The filmmaker has said he would rather wait for Irrfan to get back on his feet than go for recasting for the movie.

Currently, Irrfan has Karwan and Puzzle lined up for release.

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First Published: Jun 19, 2018 09:47 IST