Irrfan Khan was a brilliant actor and a global celebrity who has fans in every corner of the world. The man is a perfect example of how can an outsider break into Bollywood. The actor has a very inspiring struggle story which shows the determination and hard work would pay off.
Irrfan Khan Passed away on Wednesday in Mumbai’s Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital. In the career spanning over 3 decades, Irrfan Khan acted in over 50 films.
Apart from his great contribution to Bollywood, he has done some international movies as well like The Slumdog Millionaire, Jurassic World, Life of Pi, and The Namesake.
Checkout some lesser known facts about the actor.
#1 Real Name
Irrfan’s real name is not known to many. His real name is Sahabzade Irfan Ali Khan.
Films was not Irrfan’s first career option. His first love was cricket. Only after his scholarship in NSD he started working on making a career in acting.
His got his scolarship from the National School of Drama in the year 1984. Also he hold a Diploma in Dramatic Arts
#4 Debut Movie
His debut movie was Salaam Bombay but he got lesser screen time due to his height.
In the year 1995 Irrfan married Sutapa Sikdar who was also a student at National School of drama. The couple were blessed with two kids Babil and Ayan.
#6 Lead Actor
Irrfan worked as lead actor in the movie Rog which was released in the year 2005.
The reason why there are two R’s in his first name is because of his Numerlogy and in addition to that he liked the name this way too.
#8 Rejected Hollywood Project
Irrfan rejected a role in one of the most amazing and hit movies of Hollywood Interstellar dueto his commitment for the Bollywood movie projects.
#9 Acted in Academy award wining movies
Irrfan as acted in two movies that have won Academy award. The movies are Slumdog Millionare and Life of Pie.
#10 Awards & Recognition
The talented actor received multiple awards from National Award to multiple filmfares and the biggest recognition he got was Padma Shri Award which is the 4th highest recognition in India.
#11 Television career
For a short duration Irrfan worked in the famous serial Chandrkanta from the year 1994 to 1996 and many other television programs.
Also Check out the list of movies for Which Irrfan Khan will be remembered for a long time.
18. Hindi Medium (2017)
While everyone thinks it an off-topic, Irrfan khan stole the show with his funky portrayal of hen-pecked husband. It is about the family who faked their documents and lived in the slum to get their kid admitted to high profile English medium school.
17. Madaari (2016)
In the movie, Irrfan Khan played the character of Nirmal Kumar. He is a simple guy who kidnapped the chief minister’s son.
16. Thank You (2011)
There’s nothing much to do for Irrfan Khan in the commercial comedy movie Thank You. However, he left the long-lasting impact on the viewers with his portrayal of Vikram as the leader of the gang.
15. Billu (2009)
Irrfan played the title character of Billu the barber who claimed that superstar Sahir Khan is his childhood friend. Irrfan Khan outshines the Shah Rukh Khan in the movie as well.
14. 7 ½ Phere (2005)
7 ½ Phere is the comedy-drama in which some reporters want to record the whole marriage for their shows. The movie shows great chemistry between Irrfan Khan and Juhi Chawla.
13. Qissa: The Tale of a Lonely Ghost (2014)
Irrfan Khan played Umber Singh, a father with male-child-obsession. When his 4th child was also a girl, his obsession clouded his sanity and he assumed that he had a son who would continue his lineage.
12. The Warrior (2001)
The Warrior was directed by Asif Kapadia who is an Oscar winner British filmmaker. The movie is about a warrior, Lafcadio. Irrfan was silent for most of the scenes in the movie.
11. Life in a Metro (2007)
Irrfan played the character of Monty, a 35 years old Bachelor who was looking for the bride and met Konkona in the process. The conversation between these two was the highlight of the movie.
10. Life of Pi (2012)
Irrfan gave a sublime performance in the movie Life of Pi. He was effortless in the scenes. In the screen time of 10-15 minutes, he left a huge impact on the movie.
9. Yeh Saali Zindagi (2011)
It is an impeccable film in the caper genre. Irrfan played the character of Arun, a chartered accountant who invited unnecessary trouble because of his association with Priti.
8. Piku (2015)
Irrfan Khan is lovable in the skin of the car service owner. He joined the journey of the father-daughter road trip and thrilled their world with his insight.
7. Talvar (2015)
Based on the real incident of the double murder case, Irrfan played the Ashwin Kumar, a CBI officer. He was simple and charming in the role as he displayed the frustration and helplessness in the role.
6. Haider (2014)
Irrfan was the movie’s highlight as he played the character of Roohdaar. He accepted that an actor always dreamed to get a scene like this. Even in the special appearance, he made every second of the movie special.
5. The Lunchbox (2013)
The calm and composed acting by Irrfan Khan as he played the government officer in the lunchbox. He has done stellar performance in the movie.
4. The Namesake (2006)
He played the character of Bengali professor Ashoke Ganguli. The role was multilayered and Irrfan submerged himself in Ashoke completely.
3. Paan Singh Tomar (2012)
Irrfan can go any length and made it look realistic. For the movie ‘Paan Singh Tomar,’ he went through a physical transformation to get the body of an athlete, and learn the character’s dialect.
2. Blackmail (2018)
Blackmail is the dark comedy where the husband finds his wife cheating on her and instead of divorce, he blackmailed her. Sounds quirky, Right? Watch the movie to see Irrfan Khan one of the best performances.
1. Maqbool (2004)
Irrfan Khan gave his career-best performance in the Vishal Bhardwaj’s Maqbool. Irrfan played the title character with blazing intensity and boorish charm. Even Irrfan Khan believed that he was best in Maqbool.