Very few people know that the full name of Irrfan Khan is Sahabzade Irrfan Ali Khan. He has worked not only in the Hindi cinema but in Hollywood and British films too. Irrfan Khan’s career spans about 30 years. He was one of the finest actors, the film industry ever had.
It was due to the versatile and natural acting, people loved him all over the world. He always got under the skin of the character. He has won numerous awards for his commendable performance in different movies. These include a National Film Award and Filmfare Awards. He was honored with the Padma Shri in 2011, which is the fourth highest civilian honor in India.
Irrfan was diagnosed with a neuroendocrine tumor in 2018. He moved to London for his treatment. But he died on April 29, at the age of 54, from a colon infection. He was one of India’s most celebrated actors, but he had a reputation for his modesty and integrity. His death sent the world into a state of shock.
He has acted in several movies like Salaam Bombay, Haasil, Maqbool, Life in a… Metro, Paan Singh Tomar, The Lunchbox, Piku, Talvar, etc. All his movies have something or the other for the audience to learn from. All movies of Irrfan Khan you must watch.
So, here is a list of 11 movies of Irrfan Khan which you must watch.
1) THE WARRIOR
This movie was made in 2001 by a British filmmaker Asif Kapadia. The movie is about the story of Lafcadia, who is a warrior in feudal Rajasthan. He attempts to give up his sword. He gives up violence and begins his journey towards renunciation. The movie has Buddhist quality to it and might make you remember Asoka, after the war of Kalinga.
This movie made Irrfan secure an international footing and introduced him to the West. The critics praised his natural acting. This was the movie that made Irrfan stay in Bollywood.
2) THE NAMESAKE
Based on Jhumpa Lahiri’s novel of the same name, the movie features a teenager who is born to Indian parents in America. The teenager has problems coming to terms with his Indian roots. Irrfan plays the father, who has a Ph.D. in fiber optics, teaches at a University in America but is still very much an Indian at heart.
Irrfan does not forget his Bengali roots and customs all through his life. His acting in this movie was again well applauded. His character fails to connect with his son in an emotional way but still manages to win the hearts of the audience with his superb acting skills.
3) LIFE IN A… METRO
This movie is about the lives of nine people who live and work in the city of Mumbai. Their fates intertwine with each other and their lives take a drastic turn. It deals with the serious topic of infidelity, sanctity of marriage, and love. The dark sides of ambition, unprecedented greed for power and lust among the youth living in a metropolitan city is explored by the movie.
Irrfan Khan, in this multi-starer film, provides comic relief to the plot. His character of a 38-year-old who is still waiting to get married to the perfect girl is perfect. His witty one-liners keep the audience laughing. His acting was applaudable here also, it is difficult to make your individual mark in a multi-starer movie. But there is no stopping for Irrfan. He knows how to turn the tide in his favor.
4) SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE
Slumdog Millionaire is a loose adaptation of Vikas Swarup’s novel Q & A. He tells the story of an eighteen-year-old Jamaal Malik who hails from the Juhu slums of Mumbai. He becomes a contestant on the Indian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. To everyone’s surprise, he manages to answer every question correctly. When he is accused of cheating, he recounts his life story to the police.
Irrfan Khan’s role as the police officer in the movie who is unconvincing in the beginning but later becomes greatly empathetic is just hands-down brilliant. His role was pivotal as he helps in the development of the plot. The movie went on to win the Oscar for the Best Picture.
5) PAAN SINGH TOMAR
it was a biographical movie inspired by the life of an Indian athlete. He was a soldier in the Indian Army. He had won a medal at the Indian National Games. But due to difficult circumstances, he was forced to rebel against the system. The film won the Best Feature Film and Best Actor at the 60th National Film Awards 2012.
Irrfan made the character of Paan Singh come alive in front of his audience. Irrfan Khan shows his acting skills marvelously. He plays his part so effortlessly and easily. The movie is a must-watch for his extraordinary acting.
6) LIFE OF PI
This movie is based on Yann Martel’s novel with the same name. The film is about a Tamilian boy named “Pi” Patel who gets separated from his family in the Pacific Ocean. He lived on a lifeboat with a Royal Bengal tiger at the age of 16. The boy sets forth on an epic journey that is full of adventure.
Irrfan Khan plays the role of the protagonist in this movie. He eases himself into the role of grown-up Pi, a professor of philosophy. While he narrates his story, he creates this beautiful relation with his audience which is hard to say goodbye to when the movie ends.
7) THE LUNCHBOX
A mistake by a tiffin delivery service results in the development of an unusual friendship between Ila and Saajan Fernandes. This friendship will look so sweet and innocent. It just makes your heart melt. The movie makes you feel how lonely can people be at times. All they need is some love and care.
Irrfan Khan’s role as Saajan Fernandes will take away your heart. His yearning for his wife, his loneliness, his realization of his age, all this will make you feel so relatable. His character is such a humane and believable one that anybody can relate to it. This movie was one of his highest-earning Hindi movies.
Piku, an architect, lives with her nagging and aging father Bhaskor Banerjee in Delhi. They decide to go on a road trip to Kolkata. She has ideologies different from her father, but she grows closer to him on the road trip.
Irrfan Khan plays their driver as his driver is out of town. On the beautiful journey, Irrfan Khan manages to bring the father-daughter duo closer to each other. Irrfan’s role in the movie is again of utmost importance. His laid-back attitude of a common middle-class man will take away your heart once again.
9) HINDI MEDIUM
The movie is an attempt by a couple to get their daughter admitted to the best school in Delhi. They try their level best to do whatever they can because they know what happens when you do not have a proper education. But when they see the real face of the schools, they withdraw their child.
Irrfan is mind-blowing in the role of the father of Pia. While watching him in the movie, you will never get the feeling that this is a movie. You will feel that he is the real father of Pia. His realistic acting to make his child study in the best school in Delhi will make your heart go out to him. Hindi Medium is the highest-earning movie of Irrfan khan.
Karwaan is a journey like no other. Two friends decide to take a road trip to Kochi to clear out some misunderstanding. They end up having a teenager accompanying them on their trip. From here, the movie takes a different turn. While giving you a beautiful tour of the Southern part of India, the movie gives you valuable lessons about life.
It is a must-watch movie for those who love traveling. Irrfan plays his character with such exquisite exuberance that he gathers all the compliments for his acting. Irrfan is at his flamboyant best in this movie. He will make you laugh and laugh but also think.
11) QARIB QARIB SINGLE
Two people meet through a dating app. Both have contrasting personalities. They have different backgrounds too. But there is some charisma which keeps both attracted to each other. Jaya decides to accompany Yogi on a trip to meet his three exes.
Irrfan’s character as Yogi will make you feel happy from within. His Shayari and his ways will make you feel on top of the world. This character of Yogi is exactly reflective of what women want from their partners.
So, those were the movies of Irrfan Khan you must watch. Watch these movies to witness the best of Irrfan Khan.