Early Life of Irrfan Khan
Irrfan Khan was born on 30 November 1962 in Jaipur, Rajasthan. Born in a Muslim Nawab family, his initial name was Sahabzade Irrfan Ali Khan. His father, late Jagirdar, was from the Khajuriya village near the Tonk district and ran a tyre business and his mother Sayeeda Begum, was from the Tonk Hakim family. The ace actor had received a scholarship to study at National School of Drama (NSD) in New Delhi in 1984.
Career of Irrfan Khan
After coming to Mumbai, Irrfan initially worked in serials like Chanakya, Bharat Ek Khoj, Sara Jahan Hamara, Banegi Apni Baat, Chandrakanta (Doordarshan), Star Bestsellers (Star Plus), and Sparsh. He was cast in the role of a villain in the series Darr and Kahkashan which was about famous revolutionary Urdu poets and Marxist political activists of India. Irrfan has acted in Govind Nihalani's serial, Jazeere, Pitah and Dhristi of Shyam Benegal. He even hosted a show Mano Ya Na Mano, a reality show based on people's belief.
Irrfan Khan was active in theatres and television till he got his first role in the Meera Nair's Salaam Bombay. He next starred in Tapan Sinha's Ek Doctor Ki Maut (1991) with Shabana Azmi for which he won the National Film Award. He worked in a lead role in director Asif Kapadia's movie The Warrior (2001) the movie won the Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film at the BAFTA Awards. Subsequently he worked in many other commercial flicks like Chehera, Aan, Footpath, Supari, Dhund, Kasoor, Ghath, and Vaade Iraade. He acted in Vishal Bharadwaj's Maqbool (2004) which was an adaptation of Macbeth. He played the role of Macbeth in the movie. In 2007 Irrfan starred in the movie The Mighty Heart with Angelina Jolie. The movie was based on a book by Marianne Pearl about the slaying of her journalist husband Daniel Pearl. Irrfan has been critically acclaimed for his commendable performances in Anurag Basu's Life in a Metro, Mira Nair's Namesake opposite Tabu, Mumbai Meri Jaan, Rakeysh Om Prakash Mehra's Delhi 6 and Billu Barber with Shahrukh Khan. He also starred in the Danny Boyle's Oscar winning movie Slumdog Millionaire. He was seen in the movie 7 Khoon Maaf with Priyanka Chopra, Acid Factory and New York. Paan Singh Tomar is considered as a milestone in the actor's career. His portrayal of the real life Rajput runner earned him immense praises by the critics. He was also a part of the movie The Lunchbox alongside Nimrat Kaur in which he once again managed to acquire huge appreciations from critics. The film also won an award at the Cannes International Film Festival.
Achievements of Irrfan Khan
Irrfan Khan has walked away with a number of prestigious awards for his commendable acting skills. He won 3 Filmfare Awards for his movies Haasil, Life in a Metro and Paan Singh Tomar in the years 2003, 2007 and 2012 respectively. For his film Paan Singh Tomar he also bagged the National Film Award. Apart from these, he won IRDS Film Award for social concern, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance, Independent Spirit Award, Stardust Best Supporting Actor Award and IIFA Award. In 2011 he was honoured with Padma Shri Award for his contribution in entertainment industry.
Personal Life of Irrfan Khan
Irrfan married Sutapa Sikdar, a writer by profession and an NSD graduate, on 23 February 1995. The couple is blessed with two children namely Babil and Aryan.
Filmography of Irrfan Khan
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