Irrfan Khan- Heralded as One of The Most Skilled Actors

 
Irrfan Khan- Heralded as One of The Most Skilled Actors

Today is the birthday of the man who made even the Hollywood fraternity to turn their heads towards him. Known for his unique acting skills, he is none other than Irrfan Khan. In this article, you'll learn some unheard facts about the great actor.


From Inception to achieving fame…


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Sahabzade Irrfan Ali Khan was born on 7th January 1967. Irrfan achieved the status of a skilled actor by giving classics like Maqbool, Haasil, Paan Singh Tomar, The Lunchbox and Haider among others. “Irrfan has such a presence then even in a 2 minute appearance he carves an eternal mystique through his extra-ordinary acting skills,” says Vishal Bhardwaj, director of the film Haider.


Irrfan also has hosted the critically acclaimed TV show Mano Ya Na Mano. And how can we forget his popular Vodafone commercials?


Perhaps it was his brilliant performance in the movie Paan Singh Tomar which bagged him a National Award in 2012 for the Best Actor.


Carving a niche in the Hollywood


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It's not just Bollywood that praises his extra-ordinary acting skills. He has carved a niche for himself even in Hollywood with his conspicuous performances in movies like 'A Mighty Heart', 'The Namesake', 'Slumdog Millionaire', 'The Amazing Spider-Man' and 'Life of Pi'.


Upcoming Bollywood and Hollywood Ventures


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Irrfan's upcoming Hollywood venture is the 4th installment of the blockbuster 'Jurassic Park' franchise. It's titled 'Jurassic World'.


"I recently completed shooting for 'Jurassic World'. I'm pretty excited. Also it is not just me but there are other Indian actors who are also getting opportunities in Hollywood. This heralds the worldwide growth of our industry," Irrfan said.


Irrfan's next Bollywood flicks are 'Piku' directed by Shoojit Sircar with Amitabh Bachchan for the first time and Deepika Padukone. He also has Sanjay Gupta's 'Jazbaa' with Aishwarya Rai. There is also 'Divine Lovers' with Kangana Ranaut directed by Sai Kabir.


Behind the scenes…


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Perhaps it was not an easy journey for Irrfan. He had his humble beginnings born to a Muslim family in Jaipur. His father was a Jagirdar who ran a tyre business. Irrfan managed to get a scholarship in 1984 while doing his MA. This was his gateway to study at the National School of Drama (NSD) and perhaps the bollywood world!


On 23rd February 1995, Irrfan married Sutapa Sikdar who is a writer and an NSD graduate. Babil and Aryan are their 2 lovely children.


Secret behind Irrfan's success revealed…


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When interviewed, Sutapa revealed some interesting facts. She said, "Irrfan is always focused. I still remember, he came home and would head straight for his bedroom. He would read books sitting on the floor when we used to hang around and gossip."


“Irrfan reads at least 1 fresh Hollywood script every week. He stays awake up till 3 in the morning doing his homework, taking notes and understanding the very intricacies of his character.”


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"Once Irrfan hauled me to nearby police station of Mumbai just to understand the procedure," she chuckles. Once he said to me after changing his name to Irrfan that he likes the hum of the extra "r".


Here's wishing the versatile and super-talented actor a very Happy Birthday and lots of success in both, Hollywood and Bollywood projects.



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