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Irrfan Khan pulling out of web-series Gormint raises concern about his condition

The actor, however, said in a statement that he was keen to see the final output of the show.

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Actor Irrfan Khan, who is currently undergoing treatment for a neuroendocrine tumour in London, has pulled out of the Amazon Prime Video web-series Gormint. Khan issued a statement announcing his decision.

Last year, Amazon India had announced an original web-series titled The Ministry that was to feature Khan. Conceptualized by stand-up comedian Gursimran Khamba, the show is now titled Gormint.

In his statement, Khan stated: "With a heavy heart I would like to say that due to this ongoing situation, I will not be able to fulfil my acting commitment to the show.

"I am gutted by this development because the character and the show thrilled me and I even lived with the character for several months before having to cut the journey short.

"But after extensive discussions, workarounds and sincere efforts by everyone involved, the situation prevents me from being able to do the show entirely. And thus, I must, at this time, exit stage left."

The actor also said he was keen to see the final output of the show.

"I’m excited to see the final product and have complete faith in the creative team to deliver something that is unique and unseen in the Indian satire space so far, and I wish them the same good luck and love that they have always wished for me," he said.

The pullout has given cause for some concern about the actor's condition and the progress of his treatment.

Amazon Prime Video India director and content head Vijay Subramaniam said, “Amazon Prime Video, along with the show’s creators and cast, are deeply saddened by this news. Irrfan has been and will continue to remain a part of the Amazon family. We wish him a speedy and successful recovery and look forward to watching the show with him sitting right next to us."

Gormint has been created by Khamba, one of the founding members of the entertainment group All India Bakchod, better known by its initials AIB. It is produced by Only Much Louder, which has inked a deal with Amazon Prime Video to produce 14 stand-up comedy specials and the original series Comicstaan, that is currently streaming online.

Khan had earlier pulled out of a Vishal Bhardwaj film, which has been now put on the backburner. The film was to also feature Deepika Padukone.