Irrfan Khan is an actor par excellence. For those who believe that nepotism is unchecked in Bollywood, here’s an actor who entered the Hindi film industry with absolutely no affiliations and carved a niche for himself not only in India but also abroad. Before Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone made it to Hollywood, it was this talented actor who left audiences all over the world in awe of him and his talent with films like The Mighty Heart, Life of Pi, Jurassic World, The Amazing Spiderman and Slumdog Millionaire . In Bollywood, he proved his mettle and became a name to reckon with, courtesy films like Maqbool, The Lunchbox, Hindi Medium, Haider, Life In A Metro and Piku to name a few. His effortless ability to slip into any character is what sets him apart from his peers.
Bollywood’s finest actor Irrfan Khan turns 52 today. On the occasion of his birthday let us have a look at some of the best works of the actor.
One of the most memorable films of Irrfan’s career, the actor, unlike his intense and serious avatars, was seen in a light-hearted film playing the role of an impatient yet resourceful businessman Rana Chaudhary. The character’s innate ability to bring happiness and stability to the protagonist Piku’s ( played by Deepika Padukone) life with his amazing sense of humour makes it a wonderful cinematic experience.
The Vishal Bhardwaj directorial sees Irrfan playing the role of a plot changer. Irrfan essayed the role of Roohdaar, whose duty was to remind Haider (played by Shahid Kapoor) to avenge the death of his father. Having some of the best lines in the film makes it a must watch for all Irrfan fans.
Life Of Pi
The list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning Ang Lee’s directorial based on Yann Martel’s fantasy novel of the same name. Apart from the amazing storytelling and breathtakingly beautiful visuals, ‘Life Of Pi’ is known for one more thing and that’s Irrfan Khan. Irrfan as the adult ‘Pi’, makes the most dialogue-heavy and intense scenes of the film as appealing as the awe-inspiring visuals.
Life In A Metro
The film is a must watch as it earned Irrfan three awards for his stellar performance.
Playing the role of Monty, a straightforward man, Konkana’s on-screen character Shruti meets through a matrimonial website was one of the first subtle comical performances of Irrfan that truly represented his versatility and his natural acting.
The list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning some movies such as Hindi Medium, The Lunchbox and Qarib Qarib Singlle, Blackmail which were not only entertaining but were focused on sending impactful messages through their stories. It’s not every day that Bollywood caters such realistic films that are enacted with elan by actors like Irrfan.