“The sign of a good society is where talent is respected” – Irrfan Khan (1967-2020)
The man who taught us the real meaning of storytelling,Irrfan Khan left us today with his memories and masterpieces.
No!He isn’t dead and we won’t let him die.
You miss him? Go watch Piku, Hindi and angrezi medium, Slumdog millionaire or any other film starring the very talented Mr.Irrfan Khan.
His talent and sheer will for brilliance will keep him alive in our hearts forever.
As a tribute to his glorious career, we present to you the most special list so far:
‘Top 10 Irrfan Khan movies you don’t wanna miss out on!’
Hop in on this beautiful journey of flashbacks and pay respect to the characters who are now immortal in our hearts.
Love you 3000 Irrfan!
10) Paan Singh Tomar
Directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia, this film proved to be one of the finest works of Irrfan Khan where he is seen portraying the life of an Indian Army soldier.
This film then went on to achieve new heights as Irrfan won a National award for his brilliant role as a dacoit turned athlete,who wins big at the National games.
9) The Lunchbox
Directed by Ritesh Batra, this is the film where we see the birth of the most simple and loving hero of all times- Saajan Fernandez.
The story revolves around the connection between Saajan and Ila through a misplaced lunchbox making it the cutest possible love story of all time.
The humble,silent yet powerful Saajan will always be alive in our hearts.
Meghan Gulzar’s thriller ‘Talvar’ revolves around the infamous ‘Talvar’ murder case that shook the country. The police detective played by Irrfan Khan is such a brilliant character.He has his own simplicity yet feels so real,so alive. Truly an A- game by Irrfan.
Starring the most powerful trio- Amitabh Bachchan, Deepika Padukone and Irrfan Khan,this Shoojit Sircar’s comedy flick never fails to impress and bring a smile to our faces. Among such established actors,Irrfan managed to be the show stopper and stole their thunder with his amazing timing and punchlines. Given his little space,he managed to pull off a role which was pretty important to the film and to the audience.
Irrfan’s brave and fearless potrayl of Miyan Maqbool, in Vishal Bhardwaj’s ‘Maqbool’ managed to open the door of Bollywood for him. Among such established and great actors like Om Puri, Naseeruddin Shah and Pankaj Kapoor,Khan managed to win over everyone’s heart with his marvellous and stellar performance. Based on Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’ ,this movie revolves around the life of Miyan who is torn between his lover and his loyalty for his mentor.
5) Hindi Medium
A unique starcast involving Irrfan Khan and the beautiful Pakistani actress,Saba Qamar, this light headed and a family entertainer made us laugh as well as cry.
Along with the good songs and jokes,this film showed us the reality of the modern schools of India and their business strategies. Irrfan managed to win over everyone as he played the role of a rich Punjabi businessman who owns a Saree shop in Chandni chowk.
This movie was such a hit that it even got renewed for a sequel named ‘Angrezi Medium’ ,which sadly, was the last film for Irrfan Khan.
4) Slumdog Millionaire
One of the most successful films in the history of cinema,Dan Boyle’s ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ won big at the 2008 Oscars.
Even though it casts Dev Patel and Frieda Pinto, Irrfan Khan lived up to his standards and managed to blow our minds off with his role as a police officer who suspects the young boy of cheating at a famous quiz show. It revolves around the journey of a boy who becomes a millionaire and how the interesting instances from his journey helps him achieve that.A perfect story for the tagline ‘From rags to riches’!
3) Life of Pi
Irrfan played the adult version of Pi Patel in Ang Lee’s ‘Life of Pi’ which won several awards globally. Not only Bollywood,but Khan has proven to be one of the top guns in the Hollywood as well!
Directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia,this film is set in Uttar Pradesh. Here,we saw Irrfan in a negative role which he performed brilliantly. He got a massive appreciation for his rebellious role and that even got him the Filmfare award for the best actor in a negative role.
Even though he played a small character of Roohdaar in Vishal Bhardwaj’s ‘Haider’ , he flawlessly made it look like it’s a piece of cake! He made the film even bigger by compassion even though it failed to do perform at the box office.
Having a stellar star cast consisting of amazing actors like Kay Kay Menon, Shahid Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor, this film was a modern day adaption of Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’ and Basharat peers memoir curfewed nights which was set in Kashmir valley. This movie has a seperate fan base and is a delight for Irrfan’s fans!
# Now I personally believe that almost every film starring Irrfan Khan is a treat to watch.
But these were just 10 out of the whooping 83 films he did so far. And I would highly recommend you to watch every one of his work because it’s truly rare.
Sadly we won’t ever get to see Irrfan on big screens again but he’s in our heart forever.
But Irrfan’s life needs to be celebrated not mourned. Despite his long battle with cancer, Irrfan never gave up and continued to fight but eventually left for the heavenly abode, leaving behind truly a legacy of his own.
From carving a niche in Bollywood to going West and establishing himself. He was one of the most skilled actors on the planet. Irrfan has left behind his artistic work for all his fans.We’re just so lucky to have lived in the same era as Mr. Irrfan Khan.
Some memorable lines –
“Kuch aur paane ki chaah..
Kuch aur behter ki talaash..
Issi chakkar me insaan apna sab kuch kho deta hai..
Talaash kabhi khatam nahi hoti..
Lekin waqt khatam ho jata hai..”
-Irrfan Khan(Life in a Metro)
We love you 3000!
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