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|Born||Sahabzade Irrfan Ali Khan
7 January 1967 
Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
|Spouse(s)||Sutapa Sikdar (1995–present)|
Sahabzade Irrfan Ali Khan (born 7 January 1967), credited as Irrfan Khan or even simply Irrfan, is an Indian film actor known for his works predominantly in Bollywood. He is also known for his works in British Indian films, Hollywood ventures, and a Telugu film. He was credited as Irrfan Khan in the 2012 U.S. film The Amazing Spider-Man.
In India, Khan gained the reputation of a skilled actor from his roles in Bollywood movies such as The Warrior, Maqbool, Haasil, Paan Singh Tomar and Rog. He also hosted the TV show Mano Ya Na Mano and appeared in popular Vodafone commercials. In 2012 he appeared in the lead titular role in Paan Singh Tomar, a biopic about an athlete. Both the movie and Khan's performance received critical acclaim. He has appeared in more than 30 films in Bollywood.
Khan's English-language mainstream work includes character roles in movies like The Namesake, New York, I Love You, A Mighty Heart, Slumdog Millionaire, The Amazing Spider-Man, and Life of Pi, as well as in the HBO series In Treatment.
Khan has won three Filmfare Awards, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and an Independent Spirit Award nomination. He is also the recipient of 2011 Padma Shri award, the fourth highest civilian award in India. He has garnered the National Film Award for Best Actor in the 60th National Film Awards 2012, for his performance in Paan Singh Tomar.
Early life and background
Irrfan Khan was born in Jaipur, to a Muslim family. Khan's mother, Begum, was from the Tonk Hakim family, and his father, the late Jagirdar, was from the Khajuriya village near the Tonk district, and ran a tyre business. Khan was studying for his MA degree, when he earned a scholarship to study at National School of Drama (NSD) in New Delhi in 1984.
Irrfan Khan moved to Mumbai, where he acted in numerous television serials like Chanakya, Bharat Ek Khoj, Sara Jahan Hamara, Banegi Apni Baat, Chandrakanta (Doordarshan), "AnooGoonj" on Doordarshan" Star Bestsellers (Star Plus), and Sparsh. Much before these, he had acted in a teleplay on Doordarshan named Laal Ghaas Par Neele Ghode where he played Lenin. It was based on a translation by Uday Prakash of a Russian play by Mikhail Shatrov. He was the main villain in a series called Darr (which aired on Star Plus), where he played the role of a psycho serial killer, opposite Kay Kay Menon. He also played the role of famous revolutionary Urdu poet and Marxist political activist of India Makhdoom Mohiuddin in Kahkashan produced by Ali Sardar Jafri.
He acted in some of the episodes of Star Bestsellers (aired on Star-Plus). In one of the episodes (Ek Sham Ki Mulakat), his role was of a parchoon shopkeeper who has a misconception that his landlord's wife is trying to seduce him and it turns out that his own wife (Tisca Chopra) is cheating on him. In the other one, he played the role of an office-accountant who, after being insulted by his female boss, took revenge. He also appeared in a serial called Bhanvar (aired on SET India) for two episodes. In one episode, he performed the role of a thug who somehow lands in court. Theatre and television kept him afloat until Mira Nair offered him a cameo in Salaam Bombay (1988) though his role was edited out in the final film.
After many unsuccessful films, things changed when London-based director Asif Kapadia gave him the lead in The Warrior, a historical film completed in 11 weeks on location in Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan. In 2001 The Warrior opened in international film festivals, making Irrfan Khan a known face.
In 2003–04 he acted in Indian born writer-director, Ashvin Kumar's short film, "Road to Ladakh". After the film received rave reviews at international festivals, the film is now being made into a full length feature, again starring Irrfan Khan. That same year he played the title role in the critically acclaimed Maqbool, an adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth.
His first Bollywood main lead role came in 2005 with film Rog in which his performance was praised by critics, especially a critic wrote "Irfaan's eyes speak louder than his words and every time he is in frame, be it talking to his buddy Munish or arguing with Suhel, he shows his capability as an actor". Thereafter he appeared in several films either playing the leading role or a supporting role as a villain. In 2004 he won the Filmfare Best Villain Award for his role in film Haasil. Critics praised his performance in Haasil saying that "as the ambitious, brash, fearless goon who is mind-blowing. He is outright scary and makes you sit up, wondering what he'll do next".
In 2007, he appeared in the box office hits Metro, for which he received a Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award, and The Namesake. His chemistry with Konkana Sen in Metro was one of the highlights of the Multi-star movie. They were closely followed by his appearance in the international films A Mighty Heart and The Darjeeling Limited.
Even after becoming a successful actor in Bollywood, he has not severed his ties with television. He anchored a show Mano Ya Na Mano (airing on Star One). He hosted another programme named Kyaa Kahein which was similar to Mano Ya Na Mano.
In 2008, he was featured as a narrator in an Arts Alliance production, id – Identity of the Soul. The performance toured worldwide, with tens of thousands turning out to see the event as it toured the West Bank. He also plays the police inspector in the 2008 film Slumdog Millionaire, for which he and the cast of the movie won a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. About him, Danny Boyle said, "he has an instinctive way of finding the "moral center" of any character, so that in Slumdog, we believe the policeman might actually conclude that Jamal is innocent. Boyle compares him to an athlete who can execute the same move perfectly over and over. "It's beautiful to watch."
In 2009, he featured in the film Acid Factory. Khan has stated that he wants to do more and more action films in the future. He also appeared as an FBI agent in New York and as a Gujarati diamond merchant in New York, I Love You. His latest film Paan Singh Tomar in which essays the role of real-life Rajput runner Paan Singh Tomar has received extremely favourable reviews by critics. Irrfan has been highly praised.
He recently worked on the third season of the HBO series In Treatment, enacting the part of Sunil, who is finding it difficult to come to terms with his wife's death and loneliness after moving to New York, USA. In addition, Irrfan signed a contract to be in the new Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham remake in December 2011.
Khan played Dr. Rajit Ratha in The Amazing Spider-Man in 2012. Khan played the adult version of Piscine "Pi" Molitor Patel in the Film adaptation of Life of Pi. Within both Spider-man and Life of Pi, Khan's characters refer to a Richard Parker, Peter Parker's father and a Bengal Tiger respectively.
On 23 February 1995, Khan married writer Sutapa Sikdar, who is also an NSD graduate. They have two children named Babil and Aryan.
He has two brothers, Imran Khan and Salman Khan and one sister Rukhsana Begum.
Sutapa said about him, "He was always focused. I remember when he would come home, he would head straight for the bedroom, sit on the floor, and read books. The rest of us would be hanging around gossiping." Even now, as reads through at least one new Hollywood script a week, he believes in doing his homework, staying up till 3 in the morning, taking notes, trying to understand ways to play his character. Sikdar recalls how he would demand as many as 11 rewrites from her when he directed episodes of Banegi Apni Baat. "Once he dragged me to a police station in Mumbai to understand procedure," she recalls. Recently, he has changed his name to Irrfan. He also said he likes the sound of the extra "r" in his name.
- Civilian honors
- 2012: Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor – Paan Singh Tomar
- 2007: Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award – Life in a Metro
- 2003: Filmfare Best Villain Award – Haasil
- Other Awards
- 2012: IRDS Film Award for social concern – Best male character — Paan Singh Tomar
- 2008: Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture – Slumdog Millionaire
- 2007: Independent Spirit Award: Best Supporting Male – The Namesake
- 2008: Stardust Best Supporting Actor Award – The Namesake
- 2008: IIFA Award: IIFA Best Supporting Actor – Life in a Metro
|1988||Salaam Bombay||Letter writer|
|1989||Kamla Ki Maut||Ajit|
|1991||Ek Doctor Ki Maut||Amulya|
|1998||Bada Din||Police Inspector|
|1999||The Goal||The Coach|
|2000||Ghaath||Mamu / Romesh Bhagwat Dogra|
|2001||The Warrior||Lafcadia – Warrior||British-Indian Film|
|2002||Pratha||Priest Ninni Pandey|
|Gunaah||Police Inspector Digvijay Pandey|
|Haathi ka Anda|
|2003||Haasil||Ranvijay Singh||Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Negative Role|
|2004||Shadows of Time||Yani Mishra||Bengali/German film|
|Aan: Men at Work||Yusuf Pathan|
|Charas: A Joint Operation||Ranbhir Singh Rathore|
|2005||Chocolate: Deep Dark Secrets||Pipi|
|Rog||Inspector Uday Rathore|
|2006||Yun Hota To Kya Hota||Salim Rajabali|
|The Killer||Vikram/Roopchand Swaroopchand Solanki|
|Deadline: Sirf 24 Ghante||Krish Vaidya|
|Sainikudu||Pappu Yadav||Telugu film|
|2007||A Mighty Heart||Mir Zubair Mahmood, East Karachi Deputy Inspector General||Hollywood Film|
|Life in a Metro||Monty||Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor|
|The Namesake||Ashoke Ganguli||Hollywood Film|
|The Darjeeling Limited||The Father|
|Apna Asmaan||Ravi Kumar|
|Aaja Nachle||Farooque, Najma's husband|
|2008||Road to Ladakh||Short film|
|Krazzy 4||Dr. Mukherjee|
|Mumbai Meri Jaan||Thomas|
|Slumdog Millionaire||Police Inspector||British film|
|New York||Roshan (FBI Official)|
|New York, I Love You||Mansuhkhbai||Hollywood Film|
|2010||Right Yaaa Wrong||Vinay Patnaik|
|Knock Out||Bacchoo/ Tony Khosla|
|2011||Yeh Saali Zindagi||Arun|
|7 Khoon Maaf||Wasiullah Khan a.k.a. Musafir|
|2012||Paan Singh Tomar||Paan Singh Tomar||National Film Award for Best Actor
Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor
|The Amazing Spider-Man||Dr. Rajit Ratha||Hollywood Film|
|Life of Pi||Adult Piscine Molitor Patel ("Pi")||Hollywood Film|
|2013||Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster Returns||Indrajeet Singh aka Raja Bhaiyya|
|The Lunchbox||Saajan Fernandez|
|Hungame pe Hungama||Pre-Production|
|1988||Bharat Ek Khoj|
|1994||The Great Maratha||Najib-ud-daula and Gulam Kadir Khan|
|1995||Banegi Apni Baat|
|1997||Just Mohabbat||"Mr. Singh" a.k.a "Psycho Singh" a.k.a "Psycho Uncle"||He plays a teacher.|
|1997||Jai Hanuman||Maharishi Valmiki|
|1999||Star Bestsellers||Ek Shaam Ke Mulaqaat|
|2006||Mano Ya Na Mano||Host|
|2009||Mtv Hero Honda Roadies 7||Himself|
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