Irrfan Khan's 52nd birthday: Memorable performances of the versatile actor

Updated: Jan 07, 2019, 15:28
  • Irrfan Khan's 52nd birthday: Memorable performances of the versatile actor

    Irrfan starred in this slice of life love story between two diametrically opposite people.  Irrfan romanced southern belle Parvathy in this film and it not only opened to packed houses but was also critically acclaimed

  • Irrfan Khan's 52nd birthday: Memorable performances of the versatile actor

    Irrfan and Pakistani actress Saba Qarim starred in this comedy-drama exposing the society's unreal obsession with English oratory skills

  • 'Maqbool' (2003)

    The first in Vishal Bhardwaj's Shakespearean trilogy, 'Maqbool' is an Indian adaptation of the play 'Macbeth' where Irrfan plays the titular role to perfection. Officially his first Bollywood film in a lead role, an opportunity passed on by Akshay Kumar, Irrfan's performance garnered rave reviews. (Pics/Santa Banta and YouTube)

  • 'Haasil' (2003)

    Critics praised his portrayal of a brash and fearless goon in 'Haasil'. His performance earned him the Filmfare Best Villain Award.

  • 'Life in a... Metro' (2007)

    In 2007, he appeared in the box office hit 'Life in a...Metro' for which he received a Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award. His chemistry with Konkana Sen Sharma in the film was much talked about and appreciated.

  • 'The Namesake' (2007)

    Irrfan effortlessly stepped into the shoes of the Bengali, practical, cool-headed Ashoke Ganguli, and pulled off the US accent too. The chemistry between Irrfan and Tabu was subtle, powerful and engaging.

  • 'Billu'  (2009)

    The most effective stories are the ones narrated simply. This is exactly what makes Irrfan's titular role in 'Billu' so heart-warming. He delivers a performance that raises the bar for himself and makes us laugh and cry just as effortlessly.

  • 'Yeh Saali Zindagi' (2011)

    The crime-thriller unfolds as a narration by Irrfan, a gangster who works for the shady Saurabh Shukla but loses his heart to Chitrangada. He emoted less with his words and more with his eyes and left the audience wanting for more of his subtle performances.

  • 'Paan Singh Tomar' (2012)

    Hailed as Irrfan's best performance till date, he received several awards and nominations for his portrayal of real-life Rajput runner Paan Singh Tomar, including the National Film Award for Best Actor and Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor.

  • 'Life of Pi' (2012)

    As the older self of Pi Patel, a boy who survived being lost at sea with a Bengal tiger, Irrfan's role involved narrating the fantastical story to a writer. Irrfan was praised for his simplified portrayal of the complex character; a performance that balanced the details of truth and fiction well.

  • 'The Lunchbox' (2013)

    Sajjan (Irrfan) and Ila (Nimrat) haven't met but helped by a twist of fate, they start sending each other little personal notes and soon these initially inhibited and later intimate notes become the highlight of their lonely existence. Irrfan, as a man who's toughened himself because of unfortunate circumstances, is brilliant and charming.

  • 'Haider' (2014)

    Irrfan has a small but powerful cameo as Roohdaar (the man with the soul), who comes as a torchbearer for Haider. His performance, along with that of the rest of the film's cast, has been widely praised.

  • 'Qissa' (2014)

    Irrfan plays Umber Singh, a Sikh who loses everything during the partition of India in 1947, and is forced to leave his homeland. He wishes for a male heir. When his fourth daughter (Tillotama Shome) is born, he decides to raise her as a son, to an extent that he gets her married to a woman. Irrfan and Tillotama have garnered critical acclaim for their performance and the film has been lauded at several international film festivals

  • 'Talvar' (2015)

    With 'Talvar', Meghna Gulzar takes a plunge into telling three theories around the 2008 murder of 14-year-old Aarushi Talwar and her family's domestic servant Hemraj, on the big screen. Irrfan plays Central Department of Investigation officer, Ashwin Kumar, who is convinced that the parents are innocent and suspects two servants to be the killers. Irrfan prepared for a month to get into the skin of his character and delivers an exceptionally confident performance

  • 'Madaari' (2016)

    'Madaari' is another addition to those films that give the common man power to topple the movers and shakers of society. The message: you alone can make things happen, if you take things in your stride. Even though the film failed at the box office, Irrfan heaped praises for his performance. Pic/YouTube

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As the versatile actor Irrfan turns 52 today, we take a look at some of his most memorable performances that have helped him establish a successful career not just in Bollywood, but Hollywood as well

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