Irrfan Khan was one of the finest and versatile actor in the film industry. He really mastered the profession and delivered a filmography made up of the most versatile performances. He has not only redefined acting since his first film, but has always managed to amaze his fans with his dedication and reality which are reflected in his characters on the big screen. Although he never really became the quintessential “hero” in the movies, his talent has always overshadowed all other players in the industry.
Irrfan has carved out a niche for itself by delivering performances that were not just a breath of fresh air, but the kind of roles he played have always proven to be an actor. The list of his brilliant performances is truly endless. The favorite of critics, he has been seen in films like Haasil, Maqbool, Paan Singh Tomar, The Lunchbox, Piku, Talvar to name a few. His latest film, Angrezi Medium, was recently released digitally and was widely acclaimed. However, the nation woke up to extremely unfortunate news this morning.
Irrfan Khan died at the age of 53 after being admitted to Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital in Mumbai on Tuesday, where he was under observation for a colon infection. The actor in 2018 announced that he had been diagnosed with a neuroendocrine tumor. The disappearance of the legendary actor plunged the nation into hysteria. Here are some incredible facts about the star you should know about :
Actor by chance
He wanted to be a cricketer. But, his parents disapproved. As fortunately, he received a scholarship to attend NSD (National School of Drama). He was pursuing a master’s degree in Jaipur at the time. And he lied about having theater experience to get into. Of course, it was a “good lie”. We are fortunate to have had an artist like him.
Debut and trailer
Irrfan was in his final year at NSD (1988) when Mira Nair selected him for a role at Salaam Bombay. While it played an important role, it was largely discontinued to keep the film sharp.
His early life
Irrfan’s real name is Sahabzade Irfan Ali Khan. He was born in the Tonk village in Jaipur, into a wealthy family with real connections. He has two brothers and his father was a wealthy Zamindar who wanted his son to join the family tire business.
The Lunch Box
The Lunchbox was one of his best performances. In addition, it is the only Indian film to have won a TFCA – Toronto Film Critics Association award.
Initial days in Mumbai
When Irrfan arrived in Mumbai, he worked as an air conditioning repairer. It seems that even one of the first houses he visited for repair services was that of the legendary actor Rajesh Khanna.