By Atiya Riffat
Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan broke the news of his ‘rare disease,’ causing a storm on social media. Soon after that, he revealed that he is suffering from a neuroendocrine tumour and will be travelling to the UK for treatment.
This week, however, rumours that Irrfan is in the last stages of cancer took over social media once again. It was reported that the Hindi Medium star only has one month left to live. Fortunately the rumours are false and Irrfan’s spokesperson has asked people to desist from spreading such stories, reported Hindustan Times.
Trashing reports of his deteriorating health, Irrfan’s representative has requested fans and the media to refrain from treating ‘social media status’ as health updates.
The spokesperson said, “This latest round of news being spread through social media in the last few days about Irrfan’s health is absolutely false and there’s no truth to it whatsoever.”
He continued, “We, as his family and friends, again request the members of the media to continue their support and the prayers that have come Irrfan’s way. However, it’s not right to spread rumours through mediums of social media without fact check or any official validation. In the meanwhile, once again, we request everyone to refrain from picking up social media statuses as affirmative developments on someone’s health.”
According to his wife Sutapa Sikdar, Irrfan is facing the illness like a “warrior.” She took to Facebook to share her sentiments, thanked the well-wishers for their support and like Irrfan, urged people not to speculate about his condition.
“My best friend and my partner is a ‘warrior’. He is fighting every obstacle with tremendous grace and beauty. I want all of you to know I am truly humbled and indebted for the wishes, prayers and concern from all over the world,” Sutapa wrote.
Currently, Irrfan’s latest venture, Blackmail, has been released and is doing steady business at the box office.
The actor was supposed to start shooting for a Vishal Bhardwaj directorial which had Deepika Padukone opposite him. While there were rumours that the film had been shelved, Bhardwaj, in a tweet, made it clear that he would wait for his “warrior” to come back to health and had decided to “reschedule” the film.