Irrfan Khan was an award-winning actor who gained a lot of attention for playing Paan Singh Tomar in the sports drama ‘Paan Singh Tomar’ in 2011. A role that earned him the National Film Award for Best Actor and a Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor. He gained international fame for his starring roles in films such as Slumdog Millionaire, New York, I Love You, The Amazing Spider-Man, Life of Pi, Jurassic World, and Inferno.
His other notable works include Life in a… Metro, Hindi Medium, Haider, Gunday, Piku, and Talva. In 2011, he was conferred with the Padma Shri, India’s fourth-highest civilian honor for his contribution to the field of arts. He died at the age of 53 on 29 April 2020 due to a colon infection.
Irrfan Khan Biography
Irrfan Khan was born on the 7th of January 1967, in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India. He was 53 years old when he died on 29 April 2020 due to a colon infection.
|Birth Name||Sahabzade Irfan Ali Khan|
|Date of Birth||January 7, 1967|
|Date of Death||April 29, 2020|
|Place of Birth||Jaipur, Rajasthan, India|
|Age||53 years old|
|Profession||Actor, Film Producer|
|Residence||Mumbai, Maharashtra, India|
Family and Education
Irrfan was the son of Begum Khan of the Tonk Hakim family, and the late Jagirdar Khan, who hailed from the Khajuriya village near the Tonk district. His father ran a tire business. He has three younger siblings, two brothers, Salman and Iman, and a sister, Begum.
Khan got a full scholarship at the National School of Drama (NSD) in New Delhi from where he graduated with a master’s degree in Arts in 1984.
Irrfan Khan Married Life
Irrfan Khan married writer and fellow NSD graduate Sutapa Sikdar on February 23, 1995. Together, they have two sons named Babil and Ayan.
|Height||Feet – 6 feet|
Centimeters – 183 cm
Meters – 1.83 m
|Weight||Kilograms – 75 kg|
Pounds – 165 lbs
|Eye Color||Dark Brown|
|Distinctive Features||Towering height|
Irrfan Khan made his feature debut in Mira Nair’s drama film ‘Salaam Bombay!’ in 1988. He played a role of the “Letter Writer” in the Academy nominated movie.
His television debut came in 1985 when he was cast in the TV series ‘Shrikant’. The series, based on Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyaya’s novel of the same name, had its run on Doordarshan between 1985 and 1986.
Irrfan has appeared in a number of hit movies as well as TV shows. His first successful work was’ Haasil’ (2003), in which he played the lead antagonist, and he won the Filmfare Award for Best Villain.
His role in the critically acclaimed drama ‘Life in a… Metro’ (2007) earned him a lot of appreciation and awards including the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor. In fact, the role marked a turning point in his acting career, leading him to land many significant roles in films.
He won the National Film Award for Best Actor and a Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor for his role in the hit biographical sports drama ‘Paan Singh Tomar’. It is one of the best works in his career.
Irrfan has delivered a remarkable performance in movies like The Lunchbox (2013), Hindi Medium (2017), The Warrior (2001), The Namesake (2006), The Darjeeling Limited (2007), Slumdog Millionaire (2008), New York, I Love You (2009), The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), Life of Pi (2012), Jurassic World (2015) and Inferno (2016).
He has appeared in TV commercials and print ads for MasterCard, Resurgent Rajasthan, Envy 1000 deodorant, Lift Perfume Body Spray, Edelweiss Group, LU Bakeri Nankhatai,
Irrfan Khan Favorites
- Food – Thai Foods
- Actors – Philip Seymour Hoffman, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Ranbir Kapoor, Ranveer Singh
- Actresses – Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Chopra
- Restaurants – Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat
- Game – 8 Ball Pool
Irrfan Khan Net Worth
Irrfan’s net worth is estimated to be around $50 million. He charges between INR 12-15 crore per film as remuneration. He is one of the richest actors in Bollywood.
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Irrfan Khan Facts
In school, he was a good cricketer and played for the school team. He got selected for the CK Nayudu Tournament, which is for emerging players under 23 years, but turned down the opportunity due to a lack of funds.
Irrfan got his start in the entertainment industry with roles in television serials before making it to the big screen. He had appeared in a number of TV serials before making it to films.
In the late 90’s, he had almost decided to give up acting as he couldn’t get proper television roles and moved to Mumbai, which was a turning point in his career. He worked as an AC serviceman before landing on films.
He landed a small role in the film ‘Saalam Bombay!’ but his portion was removed in the final cut.
In September 2015, he was made the brand ambassador for “Resurgent Rajasthan”, a campaign by the state government of Rajasthan.
Irrfan is the only Bollywood actor to have starred in two Academy
He was originally considered to play Matt Damon’s part in ‘Interstellar’ and Chiwetel Ejiofor’s part in ‘The Martian’, but he turned down both roles due to scheduling conflicts.
Anurag Kashyap selected him to play a pivotal role in his film, “Black Friday” but he walked out of it.
On March 16, 2018, Irrfan announced on Twitter that he is suffering from a neuroendocrine tumor, a rare condition. He is currently undergoing treatment for the same.
Irrfan Khan died at age 53, on April 29, 2020, at Mumbai’s Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital due to a colon infection.