Irrfan Khan was a well-known Bollywood actor who also appeared in British and Hollywood films. The National Award-winning actor made a name for himself in the film business with his natural and flexible performance, and the film fraternity remembers him for his method acting in many national and international films.

Wiki Biography

Irrfan Khan was born in Jaipur, Rajasthan, as Sahabzade Irfan Ali Khan on Saturday, January 7, 1967 (age 54 at the time of death). Irrfan has been a keen player since he was a youngster, and he and his closest buddy, Satish Sharma, have played a lot of cricket together. Irrfan has also competed in the CK Nayudu Tournament.

Irrfan received a scholarship at the National School of Drama (NSD) in 1984 while earning his MA, when he met Tigmanshu Dhulia.

He earned a three-year acting diploma from the National School of Drama (NSD). He moved to Mumbai after NSD and appeared in a number of films and television series.

Physical Appearance

  • Height (approx.): 6′
  • Hair Colour: Black
  • Eye Colour: Dark Brown

Family & Caste/Ethnicity

He was a member of a Muslim Pathan family from Jaipur who spoke Pashto.
Siblings and Parents
His father, Sahabzada Yaseen Ali Khan, was an entrepreneur from the Khajuriya hamlet in Rajasthan’s Tonk area, who had a tire company. Begum Khan, Irrfan’s mother, was a member of the Tonk Hakim family and died on April 25, 2020, in Jaipur, at the age of 95, only four days before Irrfan.

Salman Khan and Imran Khan were Irrfan’s siblings, while Rukhsana Begum was his sister.

Wife, Children, and Relationships

He married Sutapa Sikdar, a dialogue writer, on February 23, 1995, after dating her for a year.

Career

Television
Irrfan Khan made his television debut in 1985 with the Doordarshan series “Shrikant.”

Following that, he participated in shows like Bharat Ek Khoj (1988), Chanakya (1991), Banegi Apni Baat (1993), AnooGoonj (1993), Sara Jahan Hamara (1994), Chandrakanta (1994), Star Bestsellers (1995), and Sparsh (1995). (1998). He had previously participated in the Doordarshan teleplay “Laal Ghaas Par Neele Ghode,” in which he portrayed Lenin. In his television career, he played a serial killer in Star Plus’ “Darr” (1995), a revolutionary Urdu poet and Marxist political activist in Ali Sardar Jafri’s Kahkashan, and twin twins Badrinath/Somnath in Chandrakanta (1994).

Irrfan appears in MTV Hero Honda Roadies 7 as himself in 2009.

In 2010, he portrayed the character of “Sunil” in an American HBO drama called “In Treatment.”

His most recent television production was the Japanese four-part historical drama miniseries “Tokyo Trial” (2016), in which he portrayed “Radhabinod Pal.”

Film

While Irrfan was having a great career on television, Mira Nair gave him a cameo part in Salaam Bombay (1988), which marked his first foray into the cinema industry; however, his character was removed from the final cut of the film.

There was no turning back after Salaam Bombay, and he went on to provide outstanding performances in a number of films. Irrfan had already received critical praise for his performances in films such as Ek Doctor Ki Maut (1990), in which he co-starred with Pankaj Kapoor as a young journalist, and Such a Long Journey (1998), an Indo-Canadian English language film in which he portrayed Gustad’s father.

After London-based filmmaker Asif Kapadia gave him the starring part in “The Warrior,” Irrfan acquired worldwide notoriety (2001).

In the same year, Irrfan portrayed the part of Public Prosecutor Nitin Mehta in the romantic thriller suspense film “Kasoor.” Irrfan Khan received critical acclaim for his portrayal as “Ranvijay Singh” in Tigmanshu Dhulia’s directorial debut film “Haasil” (2003); the film established Irrfan as a bankable actor in Bollywood, with reviewers praising Mr. Khan’s performance as follows:

“As the bold, ambitious, and boisterous goon, he is mind-blowing. He’s just terrifying, and it makes you sit up and worry what he’ll do next.

He went on to participate in several more of Tigmanshu Dhulia’s films, notably Paan Singh Tomar (2012), in which he portrayed the eponymous character and won the National Film Award for Best Actor. Paan Singh Tomar of Morena, Madhya Pradesh, was the inspiration for the film.

At international film festivals, his role in Ashvin Kumar’s short film Road to Ladakh (2003-04) received excellent acclaim.

Irrfan’s first Bollywood starring role was in the 2005 Bollywood film “Rog.”

He played Pappu Yadav in the Telugu film “Sainikudu” in 2006.

In Vishal Bhardwaj’s Maqbool, he had another breakout performance (2003).

Later, he appeared in Vishal Bharadwaj’s critically praised film “Haider” (2014), in which he portrayed the part of “Roohdaar.”

Irrfan played “Ashoke Ganguli” in the English-language film “Namesake” in 2006.

He starred as “Zeeshan Kazmi” in the American drama film “A Mighty Heart” in 2007.

In the Academy Award-winning film “Slumdog Millionaire,” Irrfan played a police inspector. Danny Boyle commented on his acting abilities in the film, saying,

“We feel the policeman in Slumdog may truly determine that Jamal is innocent because he has an instinctual ability of discovering the ‘moral core’ of any individual. Boyle compares him to an athlete who can repeat a move flawlessly time after time. It’s a sight to see.

Billu (2009), in which he co-starred with Shah Rukh Khan as Billu/Vilas Pardesi, established a new standard for friendship.

He starred as Dr. Rajit Ratha in The Amazing Spider-Man in 2012.

In the same year, Mr. Khan starred in another Academy Award-winning picture, “Life of Pi,” as the adult version of Piscine “Pi” Molitor Patel.

His performance as ‘Saajan Fernandes’ in The Lunchbox (2013) gained him worldwide recognition, and the film was nominated for a BAFTA and won the Grand Rail d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.

Irrfan’s portrayal as ‘Rana Chaudhary’ in Piku (2015), opposite Amitabh Bachchan and Deepika Padukone, was praised by reviewers and audiences alike.

In Hindi Medium (2017), he plays Raj Batra, a middle-class family in India who is obsessed with English-medium schools.

The reviewers praised his portrayal as ‘Dev Kaushal’ in Blackmail (2018).

Angrezi Medium (2020), in which he played ‘Champak Bansal,’ proved to be his last appearance.

Awards/Honours

National Film Award

  • Paan Singh Tomar won the award for Best Actor in 2013.

Filmfare Awards

  • Haasil won the award for Best Actor in a Negative Role in 2004.
  • Best Supporting Actor for Life in a… Metro in 2008.
  • Paan Singh Tomar was named Best Actor (Critics) in 2013.
  • Best Actor for Hindi Medium in 2018

Government of India Awards

  • The Government of India awarded him the Padma Shri award in 2011.

Other Honors

  • Haasil wins the Screen Award for Best Performance in a Negative Role in 2004.
  • CNN-Indian IBN’s of the Year for 2012
  • He was named Best Male Character for Paan Singh Tomar by the Institute for Research and Documentation in Social Sciences in 2013.

In addition to these, he received several additional accolades, honors, and accomplishments during his career.

Controversy

In 2016, while filming his film Madaari in Jaipur, he ridiculed Muslims’ Eid-al-Adha “Qurbani” custom. “, he explained.

Jitney holidays, jitney rituals, hm unka asal matlab bhool gaye hain. He hamne unko ek tamasha bana diya he hamne unko ek tamasha bana diya he hamne unk (We have transformed rituals and celebrations into a show by forgetting their true purpose.) Qurbani ek bahut ahem festival hai… qurbani ek bahut ahem festival hai… qurbani ek bahut ahem festival hai… A goat was a common food source back then, and many people went hungry. As a result, you had to give up something precious to you and share it to others.”

When a number of Islamic clergy chastised Irrfan for his remark, he said,

“Please, Bhaiyon, if you are offended by my comments, either you are not prepared to reflect or you are in a rush to make a conclusion.”

Death

Irrfan Khan died of a colon infection on April 29, 2020, at Mumbai’s Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital. Since 2018, he has been suffering from a neuroendocrine tumor. Numerous people around the nation, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and many Bollywood celebrities, expressed their condolences over his untimely death.

Favourite Things

  • Philip Seymour Hoffman, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Marlon Brando are among the actors who have played in the film.
  • The Men (movie) (1950)
  • Black in color.
  • Sport: France’s Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat
  • Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat is a restaurant in France.

Facts/Trivia

  • When it came to consuming alcohol, he wasn’t a gentleman who drank two pegs every day; instead, he like to drink all night. He replied, “Drinking isn’t a gentleman’s game for me — you know two pegs every evening,” when asked about his drinking habit. If I start drinking, I won’t stop until I’m dead. So, in general, I don’t drink because I don’t like my physique the following day, and I despise myself. When I was younger, I could drink all night and not feel it.”
    Despite the fact that he was born into a Jaipur Nawab family, he never had the traditional Nawabi arrogance; rather, he maintained a down-to-earth demeanor throughout his life.
  • In 2012, he changed his name to “Irrfan” from “Irfan” by adding an additional “r” to the orthography.
  • He used to dwell on the fifth floor of an apartment in Oshiwara, Mumbai.
  • He shared a flat with Raghubir Yadav when he landed in Mumbai for Salaam Bombay.
  • Irrfan enjoyed reading and cricket in his spare time.
  • Irrfan was a vegetarian champion, and he confessed on a talk program that despite being from a Pathan family, he had certain “un-Pathan” characteristics. “, he explained.
  • “Brahmin paida hua Pathano ke ghar mein,” my relatives would say.
  • Irrfan was so concerned about animals that everytime he went hunting with his father, he imagined what would happen to the family of the animal being shot. He described his experience in an interview, saying,
  • When Dad went hunting, he always brought us along. It was exciting for us, but when I went with my sister or younger brother, it was a little stressful because, although we appreciated the mystery of the forest and being in a new environment, we used to envision what would happen to the animal’s family or mother when a wild animal was killed. We used to try to establish an emotional connection with the animals. I learned how to shoot the gun but never used it to hunt. I also didn’t consume non-vegetarian cuisine for whatever reason; maybe I didn’t like the taste.”
    He once shared a ten-rupee Indian currency note with a serial number that matched his birth date.
  • He claimed in an interview that he couldn’t afford to see Jurassic Park when it was released in 1993 because he didn’t have enough money; nonetheless, he became a part of the film’s franchise, Jurassic World, in 2015.
  • He voiced the character “Simon Masrani” in the video game “Lego Jurassic World” in 2015. In the same year, he voiced the same character in “Lego Dimensions,” another video game.
  • In September 2015, the Rajasthan government named him as the brand ambassador for the “Resurgent Rajasthan” campaign.
  • In The Jungle Book, he provided the voice-over for the character “Baloo” (2016).
  • He announced on his Twitter account on March 16, 2018, while filming Blackmail, that he was suffering from a neuroendocrine tumor.
  • Irrfan was unable to attend his mother’s funeral in Jaipur on April 25, 2020, since he was detained in Mumbai as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Irrfan was recognized for his expressive eyes, and a reviewer once complimented him on them, writing —

“Irfaan’s eyes are more expressive than his words.”