Irrfan Khan is a noted Bollywood actor who started his career with various Indian television series. His noted Bollywood movies include The Warrior, Maqbool, Haasil,
Paan Singh Tomar, Gunday, Rog and The Lunchbox. At the very early stage of his acting career, he acted in various television serials like Barat Ek Khoj, Chanakya, Sara Jahan Hamara, Chandrakanta,
Banegi Apni Baat, Star bestsellers, Anoo Goonj and Sparsh.
His early film credits include Ek Doctor Ki Maut and Such a Long Journey. Although these movies were critically appreciated, it did not propel him to success.
His first major Bollywood break was Rog, which caught the attention of critics and also attained commercial success. His 2007 flick Metro also gave him a widespread commercial and critical success. For his role in the movie, he received Filmfare Best Supporting Actor award. He also appeared in international projects like
The Namesake, A Mighty Hear and The Darjeeling Limited.
He was honoured with the Indian civilian honour Padma Shri in 2011. Similarly he has received Filmfare Critics' Awards for Best Actor, Filmfare best Villain Award, Best actor in Indian International Film Festival of Queensland 2013 and Best Actor in 2013 Asia Pacific Film Festival for the movie The Lunchbox.
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Born on 1st January 1967 in Jaipur, Irfan Khan is one of the finest actors of Hindi cinema. He came to Mumbai after completing graduation in 1987. He was busy with television and theater initially and later seen in a minute role in Mira Nair’s Salaam Bombay. In fact, he received a scholarship to pursue his studies in the National School of Drama in Delhi during 1984-1987.
After working in television, he started working in mainstream cinema. Unfortunately, in the initial stages his films didn’t set the cash registers ringing at the box office. But Lady Luck favored him when he worked in the film “The Warrior” which was directed by London-based
Asif Kapadia. “The Warrior” gained recognition in the international film awards and Irfan Khan’s performance was noticed.
The Warrior, Billu and Rog were films which showed that Irfan Khan is an intensive actor. Then, he went to Hollywood and worked in films, including
Slumdog Millionaire and The Mighty Heart. Maqbool, Road to Ladakh, Metro, and Namesake are some of the films, in which he proved his histrionics. Irfan had also acted in the HBO Series named In Treatment. He has two Film Fare Awards to his credit. Irfan Khan had travelled a long road in Bollywood and it was only his role in “The Warrior” which fetched him the much-needed appreciation. He had an unconventional appearance, which endeared him to the masses. His soul-stirring performances won him recognition throughout the world.
Since his entry in the film industry during 1988, his career was a roller coaster ride. Irfan Khan’s performances had depth in them and he maintained consistency in his acting skills. In fact, this attribute of him attracted the West. It is no exaggeration to tell that, he is one of the finest Indian actors, who make India proud at the international level.