It has been two years since Irrfan Khan died of cancer, but his wife Sutapa Sikdar has not been able to part with his medical records. Sutapa recently revealed that she continues to read those files and wonders if she made a mistake during his treatment. Read also| Irrfan asked Sutapa Sikdar to make khichdi when she struggled with cooking
Irrfan died of neuroendocrine cancer on April 29, 2020, at the age of 53, two years after revealing his diagnosis to the public. He had been undergoing treatment for the illness in the UK for a year and was admitted to a hospital in Mumbai a day before his death for an intestinal infection.
In a recent conversation with Bollywood Bubble, Sutapa Sikdar shared the shock they felt after Irrfan was diagnosed with cancer, and how he responded well to treatment before his health deteriorated. She recalled: “When we got to know it there were no symptoms. There were no symptoms and he was going to leave for his shoot and there was a slight agitation on his stomach and they did some tests. They said ok and let some more doing tests and testing testing testing… So it all happened in about 15 days. And in 15 days we found out that it’s advanced stage neuroendocrine cancer.”
Sutapa recalled that Irrfan was initially hesitant about chemotherapy and instead decided to live a holistic life to cope with the disease. She also talked about the struggle she has faced in coming to terms with Irrfan’s death. She said, “I want to protect myself now. Every night I still have the whole suitcase and I can’t let those medical records go. Every night I read them again and again and thought ‘Have I done something wrong?’”. She also recalled standing by Irrfan’s side “day, night and evening” while he was being treated, because he would refuse to have a nurse or anyone else to care for him.
Irrfan and fellow NSD graduate Sutapa Sikdar were friends before they tied the knot in February 1995. Sutapa has two children with Irrfans Babil and Ayan.
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