Irshad is an Indian actor in Malayalam films. He hails from Kecheri, Thrissur, Kerala. Irshad was so passionate about movies that he left his job to look for a role in Malayalam movies.His family and friends in Thrissur has been his encouragement, according to the actor.
Irshad showed his face on screen in PG Viswambaran’s movie Parvathi Parinayam in 1995, but had a real debut in the role of college union chairman in director Sibi Malayil's campus movie Pranayavarnangal in 1998. He acted in PT Kunju Muhammad’s Garshom, which was an offbeat movie, in 1999 and this led to Irshad being casted in the lead roles in many parallel cinemas. He acted in movies of many acclaimed, award winning directors like T V Chandran, Priyanandanan, Pavithran etc. His important parallel movies are Neythukaran (2001), Danny (2002), Paadam Onnu Oru Vilapam (2003), Paradesi (2007), Bhoomi Malayalam (2009) etc. His role in Padam Onnu Oru Vilaapam as cruel husband of protagonist Shahina, a 15 year old Muslim girl, gained him a lot of popularity. He has also done noted roles in Priyanandana’s Pulijanmam (2006) and Dr. Biju’s Veettilekkulla Vazhi (2011) and P.K Radhakrishnan’s Mukham Moodikal (2013).
Irshad has also done many supporting characters in mainstream movies, now and then, since Narasiham in 2000. Offlate, he has shifted his focus from parallel movies to mainstream movies. He did the lead role of Maruthapuram Vishwan, alcoholic husband of protagonist Sumangala played by
, in director Priyanandana’s mainstream movie Bhakthajanangalude Shradhakku. His recent noted roles are as villain character Chakka Maniyan in Lal Jose’s Pullipulikalum Aattinkuttiyum (2013), as Sub Inspector in Drishyam and Issac in Memmories (2013). He has also acted in 6 movies in 2014. His roles were well received in hit movies like Sapthamasree Thaskara and Vikramadithyan. The second mainstream movie in which Irshad has done the lead role opposite Lakshmi Gopalaswami, Yathra Thudarunnu, is expected to hit the theaters by the end of 2014.
Irshad has acted in many telefilms like Veyil Thumbikal, Award winning Malayalam telefilm Directed by- Priyanandan. Irshad has done only few Malayalam serials. His character in serial Madhavam directed by Saji Sundaresan telecasted on Asianet during 2007-2008 gained attention. He is not very active in serial in recent years since he is more concentrating on doing films.
Apart from films the actor is very much socially committed. He has contested and lost in a block Panchayath election in 2000. He is also part of many social movements in Trissur and other parts of Kerala, like the one demanding the ban of the use of endosulfan in the state.
Irshad is the third son of his parents Abdu and Nafeesa Thrissur. His wife is Ramseena and has a son, Arshiq.