Irrfan Khan (7 January 1967 – 29 April 2020): Life In Pictures
Irrfan Khan, one of the most versatile and respected actors of Indian cinema is no more. The actor passed away in Mumbai today. He was 53.
A global star
Irrfan Khan was among the first Indian actors that made a long standing mark in Hollywood. From 'Life of Pi', 'Slumdog Millionaire' to 'Jurassic World', Irrfan weaved magic in his films.
8th Asian Film Awards
Irrfan Khan's filmography boasts of some of the most memorable films that the Indian audience has ever been exposed to. From 'Maqbool' to 'Haider', 'Paan Singh Tomar', 'Piku' and several others, Irrfan was known to just casually serenade the audience with his charisma and art.
It's said that Irrfan Khan had said no atleast four times, at different times, to several Hollywood actors and filmmakers for their films including Steven Spielberg and Christopher Nolan. At one time he couldn't devote the said number of months in the US and in other times, it just couldn't materialise as he wasn't happy with the role he was offered.
Start of a journey
Irrfan Khan's career did not take off overnight as he struggled over the years before making it big. He featured in television serials like Chanakya, Bharat Ek Khoj, Banegi Apni Baat and Chandrakanta before he delved into films.
He once rejected Christopher Nolan's film offer
The actor turned down a big role in Christopher Nolan's film 'Interstellar' because he was required to stay in the USA for four months and the was already committed other projects.
'LunchBox' only Indian movie to won TFCA
The one of his most critically acclaimed movie 'LunchBox' is the only Indian movie to have ever won a TFCA – Toronto Film Critics Association Award till date.
Quite tall actor
Few of us know that Irrfan was as tall as Amitabh Bachchan and was 6 feet, 1 inch long.
Small town boy
Hailing from a village named Tonk in Jaipur, Irrfan Khan comes from a zamindar family which also has some royal connection and has two siblings.
How he got his first film
Irrfan Khan was in the final year at NSD, when Mira Nair chose him for 'Salaam Bombay'. His role was cut short because of his tall height.
A Moment With Julia Roberts
American actress Julia Roberts once stopped outside the Kodak Theater where the Oscars were being staged to compliment Irrfan's acting on 'Slumdog Millionaire'.