There are Khans that are famous in the industry and then there are Khans that perform in the industry. Irrfan Khan is one such name. Keeping himself apart from the league, he has established himself as a reliable actor in the film industry who delivers quality.
With his recent performance in Jurassic World he has left his fans flabbergasted. The whole world is talking about him. The movie broke all records with a striking collection of $511 million (Rs 3357 crores) on the box office internationally while setting a new milestone for the world’s biggest opening, ever.
He told The Hollywood Reporter that when the first Jurassic Park came out, he did not have the money to afford the tickets. But now he has reached a place where he became a part of the Jurassic World movie and had the maximum screen time ever given to a Bollywood actor in a Hollywood film.
And such talent comes from the hard work he has put in the industry while gaining worldwide acclaim. While being a part of many international movies such as Life of a Pi and A Mighty Heart, he has given life to many memorable roles in Bollywood as well.
Some of his best works were:
1. Rana Chaudhry in Piku
He brought impeccable conviction to his role as Chaudhry in the film that had Amitabh Bachchan in focus. His sharp-witted remarks and stubborn attitude was wide appreciated by the audience. He casually fit in a character that created an iconic image in their minds.
2. Saajan Fernandez in The Lunchbox
This film gathered laurels galore in many award festivals because of Irrfan Khan’s unmatched portrayal of a lonely accountant who is about to retire from his job. Even though he never shared screen space with Nimrat Kaur (the lead actress in the movie) his chemistry with her character was completely visible because of his brilliant role.
3. In and as Paan Singh Tomar
Getting the national award for being the ‘Best Actor’ was something that Irrfan Khan deserved better than anyone else in the industry. Playing the athlete ‘Paan Singh Tomar’ he portrayed a sportsman and an outlaw both with complete honesty and giving life to the faded name of an athlete.
4. Ashok Ganguly in The Namesake
Right from the struggle of Ashok in a foreign land to his struggle with his rebellious son, Irrfan Khan did not leave Ashok Ganguly’s side for even a split second. A Mira Nair film based on a book by Jhumpa Lahiri, this movie will always be remembered by Ashok Ganguly.
5. In and as Maqbool
In an adaptation of Shakespeare’s famous play Macbeth, he did a remarkable role of Maqbool, a man of crime caught between love and loyalty. Even though the movie did not do very well on the box office, Irrfan Khan’s work brought life to Shakespeare’s Macbeth.
6. Monty in Life In A Metro
He plays Monty in the movie against Konkana Sen Sharma. Even though his character is straight forward and socially inept, he manages to bring a charm to it that is not easy to resist. It also leaves us imagining how he would be in real life.
7. Roohdar in Haider
The movie did not achieve much on the box office but the soul-stirring role of Roohdar inspired from ‘The Ghost of King Hamlet’ from Shakespeare’s play Hamlet was imprinted in the minds of the audience. His spooky presence on the screen and sharp looks left the viewers awestruck.
8. Umber Singh in Qissa
Imagining Irrfan Khan as a stubborn Sikh father is not easy. But he still plays the role with undefined ease. Clad in a turban and a Sikh attire, he teaches his young girl to be a boy because he wanted a son. The soul-stirring movie won awards in the Indian International Film Festival in Queensland because of Irrfan’s strong role.
9. Inspector Uday Rathore in Rog
This was the first movie in which Irrfan Khan was the leading actor. But did the audience feel this while watching the movie? No. We connected with the character of Inspector Uday Rathore and felt bad for an insomniac police officer who was stuck in a confusing case.
10. Ranvijay Singh in Haasil
Winning the award for Best Villain role for this movie, Irrfan Khan made the audience hate him as Ranvijay. He plays a man who will fall to any levels to get what he wants and leaves a spine-chilling impression on the audience.
Even though GQ title him as the ‘Man Of The Year’ in 2009, he has pretty much been the man all along. It is also in the news that he will soon be appearing with Tom Hanks in the upcoming movie Inferno which is based on Dan Brown’s novel with the same name. He might also star in the famous USA based TV series ‘True Detective.’
All we can say is, we will miss you, Irrfan. Rest in peace.