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It is late actor Irrfan Khan’s birth anniversary, on the special day here is a heartfelt tribute to the versatile actor. Irrfan Khan the name itself is synonymous with versatility and the ability to adapt to any character. The actor won hearts with his performances not only in Bollywood but also in Hollywood. Not many know that Irrfan Khan first left his mark on Indian television with shows like ‘Shrikant’ ‘Chandrakanta’, ‘Bharat Ek Khoj’ and ‘Banegi Apni Baat’.

But it was Vishal Bhardwaj’s Maqbool an Indian adaptation of Macbeth that had everyone sit up and notice him. Irrfan as Miyan Maqbool gave one of his award-winning performances in the movie that has stalwarts like Pankaj Kapur, Tabu, Om Puri and Naseeruddin Shah.


Actor Irrfan Khan, who died in April 2020 after battling brain cancer, was one of the most respected and versatile faces in the global film industry. Over the course of his 35-year career, he received numerous awards, such as the Padma Shri and many more. He is remembered for his diverse acting skills by his fans. On January 7th, the late actor’s birthday is commemorated. On his birth anniversary here we bring for his fans some of his memorable performances, for which he will be remembered.

7 best and memorable performances of Irrfan Khan:



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Vishal Bhardwaj’s Maqbool was an Indian adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Irrfan played the role of Miyan Maqbool. His performance was lauded by trade pandits and fans alike.  Irrfan as Maqbool gave an award-winning performance of a man overcome by greed and later by his conscience. Bollywood got an actor who was born to bring complex characters to life on the big screen.

Directed by Vishal Bhardwaj,  Maqbool featured Irrfan Khan, Tabu, Pankaj Kapoor, Om Puri, Naseeruddin Shah in key roles.

Life in a…Metro


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Anurag Basu’s Life In A Metro proved that Irrfan Khan can play the role of a confused-cute guy just as easily as he can do the complex characters.  His nuanced performance and sizzling chemistry with Konkana Sen Sharma left fans impressed. Life in a… Metro narrates the individual lives of nine people living in Mumbai. It dealt with topics like extramarital affairs, the sanctity of marriage, and love.

Paan Singh Tomar


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Irrfan Khan as Paan Singh Tomar delivered one of his career’s best performances. He played the role of a national steeple chase champion who turns into a dacoit due to circumstances.  Fans and critics lauded Irrfan’s performance, which also won him a National Film Award. The Tigmanshu Dhulia directorial won the Best Feature Film and Best Actor in the 60th National Film Awards 2012.

The Lunchbox


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The film is about a mistaken delivery by Mumbai’s efficient lunchbox delivery system. It connects a young housewife to an older man in the dusk of his life. How their love blooms over neatly packed lunch boxes that are used to send notes to each other.  The story of two people who fall in love without even having met each other was made credible with the fine performances of Irrfan Khan and Nimrat Kaur. Irrfan Khan brings a vulnerability to the love story. He stole the show as a reticent widower who develops a friendship with a housewife in this unusual love story. The Ritesh Batra film won the Grand Rail d’Or at Cannes Film Festival and also received a BAFTA nomination.


The Namesake


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Mira Nair’s film saw Irrfan Khan and Tabu sharing screen space once again. They were last seen in Maqbool. So the coming together of two talented actors created magic on the big screen once again. Based on Jhumpa Lahiri’s book, Irrfan and Tabu bring to life the trials and tribulations of first-generation immigrants Ashima Ganguli and Ashoke Ganguli from West Bengal. They move to the United States for a better future and better relationship with their American-born children.

Life Of Pi


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Life Of Pi by Ang Lee is a film that needs no introduction. The story revolves around the journey of Pi Patel played by Suraj Sharma. An Indian teenager is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an unexpected connection with a fearsome Bengal tiger.  Life of Pi cast also includes late actor Irrfan as Pi Patel, who portrays the lead character as an adult and tells the story to the novelist in the Ang Lee film.  Even in a supporting role, Irrfan Khan steals the show.

Hindi Medium


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The story of Hindi Medium is all about Raj and Mita a couple from Chandni Chowk who want their daughter to attend a prestigious English medium school. As parents, the couple goes to great lengths to achieve the feat. The movie won hearts and Irrfan was once again lauded for his portrayal of a devoted Indian father who will do anything for their children.  The movie was much loved in China. Hindi Medium was followed by Angrezi Medium the last film of the talented actor who succumbed to a rare form of cancer after a long fight with it.

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