His career spanned more than three decades and he was widely considered one of the most versatile and talented actors in Indian cinema. These iconic roles were a testimony to his versatility and ability to bring emotion and depth to any role he played. Today marks the 56th birthday of actor Irfan Khan. Let’s take a look back at some of his memorable roles.
Maqbool: Irrfan’s portrayal as the titular character of Shakespeare’s Macbeth in this adaptation cemented his reputation for being a versatile, talented actor. The blockbuster crime drama was directed by Vishal Bhardwaj and featured Tabu, Pankaj Kapoors, Piyush Kapoors, Naseeruddin Shah, Om Puri, and other key roles.
The Lunchbox: Irrfan Khan plays the role of Saajan Fernandes in this film that has been critically acclaimed. He is a lonely, isolated man who makes a connection to Ila through the mistaken delivery of his lunchbox. The movie features Irfan Khan and Nimrat in supporting roles.
Piku: A 2015 Shoojit Sircar directedorial, Deepika Padukone stars as the protagonist. It is a touching story about Piku Banerjee (a Delhi-based architect), whose life revolves around Bhaskor, her father played by Amitabh, who is obsessed over his health and constipation. Irrfan Khan plays Rana Chaudhary as Rana Chaudhary. He is the owner of a taxi company and drives Piku with her father all the way from Delhi to Calcutta because Bhaskor wants him to visit his ancestral home. Deepika, who is the star of the movie, is quite impressive in every frame. However, Irrfan’s portrayal as Rana is a delight with his humor and wit. The movie is worth a look for Irfan’s excellent acting and the unique chemistry between Deepika and Irfan.
Talvar: This 2015 drama-thriller directed by Meghna Gulzar stars Irrfan Khan playing Ashwin Kumar, a detective who investigates the case. Although the film received mixed reviews, Irrfan Khan’s powerful acting was greatly appreciated by both his fans and critics. The movie stars Irfan as well as Konkona Sen Sharma, Neeraj Kabi.
Hindi Medium: Khan played Raj Batra in the 2017 comedy-drama. He is a successful businessman who takes great care to make sure his daughter goes to a top school. This satirical comedy was written by Khan. The movie was both critically and commercially acclaimed. However, Irrfan’s performance was praised by all audiences as brilliant and effortless.