Irrfan Khan Biography: Early Life, Death, Family, Education, Films, Awards, Unknown Facts, Controversies and More

Irrfan Khan Biography: Actor Irrfan Khan was born on January 7, 1966, in Jaipur, Rajasthan and died on April 29, 2020, at the of 53 due to colon infection.
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Irrfan Khan
Irrfan Khan

Actor Irrfan Khan was an Indian film actor and producer, majorly known for his work in Hindi cinema (Bollywood). He has also worked in British films and Hollywood. In his career of nearly 30 years, Irrfan received many awards-- National Film Award and Filmfare Awards in four categories. He is referred to as one of the finest actors that Indian cinema has produced. 

Birth January 7, 1966;  Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
Death April 29, 2020; (53 years old); Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Occupation Actor, Producer 
Active in Industry 1985-2020
Wife
Sutapa Sikdar; married in 1995)
Children Ayaan Khan and Babil Khan

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Irrfan Khan: Early Life, Family and Education 

Irrfan Khan was born as Sahabzade Irfan Ali Khan on January 7, 1966, in Jaipur, Rajasthan to a Muslim Pashtun family. Irrfan Khan's mother Begum Khan hailed from the Tonk Hakim family and his father Jagiradar Khan was from Khajuriya village near the Tonk district. Irrfan Khan's father ran a tire business and his mother was a housewife.  Irrfan Khan died on April 29, 2020, at the age of 53 years due to colon infection. 

Irrfan Khan was a skilled cricketer and was selected for CK Nayudu Tournament-- a stepping stone to First-Class cricket for under 23 players. However, he did not turn up for the tournament owing to lack of funds.

In 1984, Irrfan Khan was doing his Master of Arts degree when he got a scholarship to study at National School of Drama (NSD) in New Delhi. When Irrfan Khan arrived in Bombay, he worked as an air conditioner repairman and one of the houses he visited to repair an air conditioner was the house of superstar Rajesh Khanna.

Irrfan Khan married Sutapa Sikdar (a Hindu Brahmin) in 1995. The couple has two sons: Ayaan Khan and Babil Khan. Sutapa is an Indian Film Producer, Dialogue Writer and Screenplay Writer. She is a part of many famous movies-- Khamoshi: The Musical (Dialogue Writer, 1996), Supari (Dialogue Writer, 2003), Kahaani (Dialogue Writer, 2003), Madaari (Producer, 2016), Qarib Qarib Singlle (Producer, 2017). 

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Irrfan Khan: Illness and Death

Irrfan Khan was diagnosed with an undisclosed disease in February 2018. The actor put the speculations to an end stating that he was suffering from a neuroendocrine tumour - a rare form of cancer that can target various parts of the body via his twitter handle. The same year Irrfan Khan travelled to London for the treatment. 

On April 28, 2020, Irrfan Khan was rushed to Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital in Mumbai where he was treated for colon infection. On April 29, 2020, four days after his mother's death in Jaipur, Irrfan Khan passed away at the age of 53. 

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Irrfan Khan: Famous Dialogues

1- I suppose, in the end, the whole of life becomes an act of letting go.

2- Sometimes take the wrong train takes you to the right destination.

3- Pack a pillow and a blanket and see as much of the world as you can. You will not regret it. One day it will be too late.

4- Life is very busy these days. There are too many people and everyone wants what the other has. 

5- Sirf insaan galat nahi hote, waqt bhi galat hota hai.

6- Rishte kisi guarantee card ke sath to aate nahi hain.

7- Galtiyan bhi rishton ki trah hoti hain, karni nahi padti, ho jati hain.

8- Yeh sheher hame jitna deta hai, badle me kahin zyda ham se leleta hai.

9- Doubt is useful. It keeps faith a living thing. After all, you cannot know the strength of your faith until it has been tested. 

10- Admi ka sapna toot jata hai na, to aadmi khtam ho jata hai.

11- Beehad me bhaghi hote hai, Dacait milte hai parliament me.

12- Chaal hum chalenge, shye bhi hum denge, aur maat bhi hum denge.

13- Hamari toh gaali par bhi taali padti hai.

14- Do cheezein mujhe pasand nahi hai, garmi ka mahina aur AC mein pasina.

15- Sirf insaan galat nahi hote,waqt bhi galat ho sakta hai.

16- Darya bhi main, darakht bhi main. Jhelum bhi main, chinar bhi main.Dair bhi hoon, haram bhi hoon.
Shai bhi hoon, Sunni bhi hoon, main hoon pandit main tha, main hoon aur main hi rahoonga.

17- Death aur shit, Yeh do cheezen kisi ko, kahin bhi, kabhi bhi aa sakti hain.

Irrfan Khan: Controversies

Irrfan Khan landed in a controversy in 2016 over his remarks on 'Qurbani' on Eid-al-Adha. While promoting his movie 'Madaari' Irfan stated that we as humans have forgotten the real meaning of all the festivals and rituals. We have made them a spectacle. Qurbani ek bahut ahem festival hai… it means to sacrifice. A goat was then a prime source of food, and there were many who went hungry. So you had to, in a way, sacrifice something dear to you and distribute it to people.

Later on, after getting widely criticized, Irrfan tweeted, 'Pls Bhaiyon, who r upset with my statement, either u r not ready to introspect or u r in a hurry to reach to a conclusion.'

Irrfan Khan: Acting Career

Irrfan Khan enacted in various television series--  Chanakya, Bharat Ek Khoj, Sara Jahan Hamara, Banegi Apni Baat, Chandrakanta, Shrikant (Doordarshan), AnooGoonj, etc. Irrfan acted as the main villain in 'Darr' series which aired on Star Plus. In another television series, Irrfan played as a revolutionary Urdu poet and Marxist political activist of India Makhdoom Mohiuddin. 

He also played the role of an office accountant who, after being insulted by his female boss, took revenge. In one of his television series, Irrfan Khan performed the role of a thug who lands in court. 

In the year 1998, Irrfan Khan made his Bollywood debut with 'Salaam Bombay.' In the 1990s, he acted in critically acclaimed films-- Ek Doctor Ki Maut, Such a Long Journey, etc. After many television series and unsuccessful films, Irrfan Khan was casted for the lead role in 'The Warrior' by the London-based director Asif Kapadia. The shoot was completed in 11 weeks on several locations in Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan. When 'The Warrior' opened in international film festivals in the year 2001, Irrfan Khan became famous. 

In 2003-2004, Irrfan Khan acted in a short film 'Road to Ladakh'. After the short film received good reviews at international festivals, Ashwin Kumar made a full-length feature film starring Irrfan Khan. The same year, Irrfan Khan played the title role in 'Maqbool' which was an adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth.

In 2005, Irrfan Khan acted in a lead role with the movie 'Rog'. Many critics praised his performance. A critic wrote, 'Irfaan's eyes speak louder than his words and every time he is in the frame, be it talking to his buddy Manish or arguing with Suhel, he shows his capability as an actor.'

In 2004, Irrfan Khan won the Filmfare Best Villain Award for his film 'Haasil'. In 2007, Irrfan Khan appeared in 'Life in a Metro' which was hit at the box office. He received the Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award for 'Metro' and 'Namesake'. He has also appeared in the international films-- A Mighty Heart and The Darjeeling Limited.

Even after becoming a known Bollywood actor, Irrfan continued acting in various television series. He also hosted programmes-- Mano Ya Na Mano and Kyaa Kahein. In the year 2008, in id-Identity of the Soul, Irrfan Khan was featured as a narrator. 

The turning point came in the year 2008 from the movie Slumdog Millionaire where he played the role of a police inspector. Irrfan Khan and the cast of the movie won a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture and the film won 8 Oscars.  In 2009, Irrfan Khan acted in the film 'Acid Factory'. 

After Irrfan Khan expressed that he wants to do more action movies in his career, he was offered similar roles. In the movie 'New York', he played the role of an FBI agent. His film 'Paan Singh Tomar' was based on the real-life athlete turned dacoit and was widely appreciated. 

In 2010, he appeared in the third season of HBO series 'In Treatment' where he played as Sunil, who finds it difficult to come to terms with his wife's death and loneliness after moving to New York. Irrfan Khan also played the adult version of Piscine 'Pi'Molitor Patel in the movie 'Life of Pie'. The film became a huge success worldwide. 

In 2013, Irrfan Khan appeared in the movie 'The Lunchbox' which won the Grand Rail d'Or at Cannes Film Festival and received a BAFTA nomination. 

In 2014, Irrfan appeared in 'Gunday' and made guest appearances in several movies-- The Xpose and Haider. In 2015, Khan appeared in a lead role in the film 'Piku' with Deepika Padukone and Amitabh Bachchan. He also co-starred in the film 'Jurassic World' the same year. Irrfan also appeared in 'Talvar', 'Jazbaa' alongside Aishwarya Rai, 'Inferno' alongside Tom Hanks. 

In 2017, Irrfan Khan appeared in 'Hindi Medium' which earned him several accolades including the Filmfare Award for Best Actor of that year. The movie became a sleeper hit in India as well as China, becoming his highest-grossing Hindi release. Khan also appeared in 'Qarib Qarib Singlle' which was an average grosser. 

In 2018, Irrfan Khan appeared in 'Karwan' alongside Dulquer Salmaan, Mithila Palkar and Kriti Kharbanda. The same year, he also appeared in the movie 'Blackmail' opposite to Kirti Kulhari. Irrfan Khan's last movie before his sudden demise was 'Angrezi Medium'. 

Irrfan Khan: Unknown Facts

1- Irrfan Khan was very shy in his school days. 

2- Irrfan Khan did drinking and smoking.

3- Irrfan Khan struggled a lot in his life before he became an actor. He did odd jobs such as tutor, repairman, etc. 

4- Khan becomes famous after appearing in the famous British film “The Warrior”.

5- After completing his diploma, Khan appeared in several dramas like Bharat Ek Khoj, Chanakya, etc.

6- Irrfan Khan met his wife Sutapa Sikdar while studying in NSD. They both fell in love and got married on 23 February 1995.

7- Irrfan once said that he can’t afford to watch Jurassic Park in 1993, but in 2015, he appeared in one part of Jurassic Park.

8- Irrfan Khan was arrested twice in Los Angeles because his name gives a terror suspect.

9- In 2012, Irrfan khan changed the name of his spelling from “Irfan” to “Irrfan” stating that he liked the sound of extra 'r' in his name. However, there was no numerology behind this change. 

Irrfan Khan: Personal Quotes

1- I often visualized giving my mother this big black suitcase crammed with notes as those gangsters do in our masala flicks.

2- We're yet to make inroads into the West and the way Chinese cinema is made. I mean, long before Ang Lee's 'Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon', Bruce Lee had made an impact on the Western audience with his 'Enter The Dragon'. Indian cinema is yet to make that kind of impact. But we're getting there.

Irrfan Khan: List of Awards and Nominations

1- Hasil-- won the Filmfare Awards for the Best Actor in a Negative Role and was nominated for Zee Cine Awards 'Best Performance in a Villainous Role' in 2004. 

2- Maqbool-- won the Screen Awards for Best Performance in a Negative Role and was nominated for Zee Cine Awards 'Best Performance in a Villainous Role' in 2004. 

3- The Namesake-- won the Alliance of Women Film Journalists for Best Seduction and was nominated for Independent Spirit Award 'Best Supporting Male' and Stardust Awards 'Best Supporting Actor' in 2007. 

4- Life in a... Metro-- won the Filmfare Awards, International Indian Film Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actor and Screen Awards for Best Comedian. Irrfan was nominated for Producers Guild Film Awards 'Best Actor in a Supporting Role', International Indian Film Academy Awards 'Best Performance in a Comic Role' and Screen Awards 'Best Supporting Actor' in 2007-2008. 

5- Slumdog Millionaire-- Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture and Central Ohio Film Critics Association for Best Ensemble in 2008-2009. The movie also won 8 Oscars. 

6- Mumbai Meri Jaan-- nominated for International Indian Film Academy Awards 'Best Actor In A Supporting Role' in 2009. 

7- He also won GQ (Indian edition) Man of the year award in 2009. 

8- New York-- nominated for Producers Guild Film Awards and International Indian Film Academy Awards for the Best Actor In A Supporting Role in 2010. 

9- Irrfan Khan won Padma Shri for Arts, International Indian Film Academy Awards for Outstanding Achievement in International Cinema and CNN-IBN Indian of the Year for Entertainment in 2011-2012. 

10- 7 Khoon Maaf-- nominated for International Indian Film Academy Awards 'Best Performance in a Negative Role' in 2012. 

11- Paan Singh Tomar-- won National Film Awards for Best Actor, Filmfare Awards for Best Actor (Critics), Times of India Film Awards for Best Actor, Institute for Research and Documentation in Social Sciences for Best Male Character and Screen Awards for Best Actor. Irrfan was nominated for Filmfare Awards 'Best Actor', Producers Guild Film Awards 'Best Actor' and Zee Cine Awards 'Best Actor' in 2013. 

12- The Lunchbox-- won Asian Film Awards and Dubai International Film Festival for Best Actor, Asia-Pacific Film Festival for Outstanding Achievement Award, Producers Guild Film Awards for Star Verdict Performer of the Year and 
Entertainer of the Year. Irrfan Khan was nominated for Screen Awards 'Best Actor', Asia-Pacific Film Festival 'Best Actor' in 2013-14. 

13- Qissa-- won Indian International Film Festival of Queensland for Best Actor in 2014. 

14- D-Day-- nominated for Zee Cine Awards 'Best Actor' in 2014. 

15- Haider-- nominated for Bollywood Hungama Surfers and Producers Guild Film Awards 'Choice Movie Awards 'Best Actor in a Supporting Role'  in 2015. 

16- Gunday-- nominated for Producers Guild Film Awards 'Best Actor in a Supporting Role' in 2015. 

17- Talvar-- won Star Screen Awards for Best Actor (Jury's Choice) – Male and Stardust Awards for Performer Of The Year (Male) - Editor's Choice. Irrfan Khan was nominated for BIG Star Entertainment Awards 'Most Entertaining Actor in a Thriller Role - Male' in 2016. 

18- Piku-- won Indian Film Festival of Melbourne for Best Actor. Irrfan Khan was nominated for Stardust Awards 'Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Male', Producers Guild Film Awards 'Best Actor in a Leading Role', BIG Star Entertainment Awards 'Most Entertaining Actor in a Drama Role – Male', International Indian Film Academy Awards 'Best Supporting Actor', Times of India Film Awards 'Best Supporting Actor – Male' and Zee Cine Awards 'Critics Award for Best Actor – Male' in 2016.

19- Irrfan Khan was conferred with an honorary Dubai International Film Festival in 2017. 

20- Hindi Medium-- won Screen Awards, Filmfare Awards, News18 Reel Movie Awards, International Indian Film Academy Awards for Best Actor. Irrfan Khan was nominated for Zee Cine Awards 'Best Actor – Male (Jury's Choice)' and Filmfare Awards 'Best Actor (Critics)' in 2018. 

21- Qarib Qarib Singlle-- nominated for Screen Awards 'Best Actor' in 2018. 

22- Doob: No Bed of Roses-- nominated for Filmfare Awards East 'Critics’ Award for Best Actor (Male)' in 2018. 

Irrfan Khan: Filmography

  1. Salaam Bombay! as letter writer (1988)
  2. Ek Doctor Ki Maut as Amulya (1990)
  3. The Cloud Door as Irfan (1994)
  4. Vaade Iraade as Naresh Tripathi (1994)
  5. Private Detective: Two Plus Two Plus One as inspector Khan (1997)
  6. Bada Din as Police Inspector (1998)
  7. Kasoor as prosecutor Mehta (2001)
  8. Gunaah as ACP Digvijay (2002)
  9. Supari as baba (2003)
  10. Dhund as Ajit Khurana (2003)
  11. Footpath as Sheikh (2003)
  12. Charas as policemen (2004)
  13. Aan: Men at Work as Yusuf Pathan (2004)
  14. Chocolate as pipi (2005)
  15. Rog as inspector Uday Rathore (2005)
  16. Chehraa as Chandrakant Diwan (2005)
  17. 7½ Phere as Manoj Joshi (2005)
  18. Mr.100% (2006)
  19. Yun Hota Toh Kya Hota as Salim Rajabali (2006
  20. The Killer as Vikram Roopchand (2006)
  21. Deadline: Sirf 24 Ghante Krish Vaidya (2006)
  22. The Namesake as Ashoke (2006)
  23. Gumnaam (2006)
  24. Sainikudu as Pappu Yadav (2006) Telugu film
  25. Life In A... Metro as Monty (2007)
  26. Apna Asmaan as Ravi Kumar (2007)
  27. Aaja Nachle As Farooque (2007)
  28. A Mighty Heart As Zeeshan Kazmi, Karachi Police Chief (2007)
  29. Tulsi as Suraj (2008)
  30. Sunday as Kumar Mangat (2008)
  31. Krazzy 4 as Dr Mukherjee (2008)
  32. Chamku as Vijayraj Kapur (2008)
  33. Dil Kabaddi as Samit (2008)
  34. Slumdog Millionaire as a Police inspector (2008)
  35. Billu as Billu Vilas Pardesi (2009)
  36. New York as Roshan (2009)
  37. Yeh Saali Zindagi (2011) as Arun (2011)
  38. Life of Pi (2012) as adult Pi
  39. Gunday as ACP Satyajeet Sarkar (2014)
  40. Piku as Rana Chaudhary (2015)
  41. Madaari as Nirmal Kumar (2016)
  42. Inferno (2016)
  43. Hindi Medium as Raj Batra (2017)
  44. Blackmail as Dev Kaushal (2018)
  45. Angrezi Medium as Champak Bansal (2020)

Irrfan Khan: Works other than acting

1- Irrfan Khan was appointed as the brand ambassador for "Resurgent Rajasthan" in September 2015. This was a campaign by the state government of Rajasthan.

2- Irrfan Khan also lent his voice to the show at the war memorial for the Indian army at Vidhan Sabha Road, Jaipur. 

Irrfan Khan was a gem of a person who won the hearts of millions through his acting in numerous National and International films. Irrfan Khan was known for his sheer brilliance of dialogue delivery and soul-stirring performances. 


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