Irrfan Khan’s sudden demise has come as a shock for his fans worldwide. He has left behind a legacy of movies that will be cherished forever by millions of his fans. An excellent, versatile actor he breathed life into the characters he portrayed and made them memorable. There are about 80 Irrfan Khan movies and he won critical acclaim for most of his roles. Despite not having conventional good looks, the actor got meaty roles to play in Bollywood, as well as Hollywood movies. He mostly played character roles, and his mesmerizing performances made them unforgettable. This makes Irrfan Khan movies a good watch!
There are many memorable Irrfan Khan movies but if asked to pick the best among his English and Hindi movies, the following names come to mind
Top 4 Bollywood Irrfan Khan Movies:
Paan Singh Tomar (2017)
Irrfan played the athlete Paan Singh who won Gold at the Indian National Games but is forced by circumstances to become a dacoit. The actor gave an exceptional performance, which won him a national award.
Lesson from the film: It shows how in early India, obsession with cash-rich sports like cricket ruined the lives of talented sportsmen like Paan Singh. This is also a big reason why parents do not support their kids desire of pursuing sports as a career.
An adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Irrfan won hearts with his performance of Miyan Maqbool, a character with grey shades. The film was liked immensely everywhere and even got screened at the Cannes Film festival
Famous Irrfan dialogue: “Ya toh Goli maar ya toh gale aake mil”
The Lunchbox (2013)
A simple romantic film among other Irrfan Khan movies delving into the relationship that develops between two people because of a ‘tiffin’ mix-up. Even though a small budget film, Lunchbox was a box-office success with exceptional acting by Irrfan. The movie was screened at the Toronto International film festival
Isn’t this true: “Sometimes, the wrong train takes you to the right destination”
Hindi Medium (2017)
This is a must-watch film for the effortless and superlative performance of Irrfan as a father trying to get admission for his girl at a posh school in Delhi. Loved by audiences all over, the film fared outstandingly at the box-office too. People could relate themselves to the real-life character essayed by Irrfan
Lesson from the film: When life throws you in a situation to pick relationship vs lying. Always pick relationship.
Top 4 Hollywood Irrfan Khan movies
Life of Pi (2012):
he movie was both a critical and a box-office success. It was an adaptation of Yann Martel’s novel by director Ang Lee with the same title. Irrfan khan played the role of the adult Pi in the film who survives while being adrift in the sea along with a Bengal Tiger
Life’s sad quoted truth: “I suppose, in the end, the whole of life becomes an act of letting go but what hurts the most is not having a chance to say goodbye”
Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
Irrfan won accolades for his role of a police inspector in the film. He investigates the case of Jamal arrested for suspected cheating in the show ‘Who wants to be a millionaire?’ The movie received lots of appreciation for Irrfan’s acting prowess, and also garnered 8 academy awards
Famous Irrfan dialogue: “Money and women. The reasons for making most mistakes in life”
Jurassic World (2015)
It was the fourth installment in the Jurassic park series, and Irrfan played Simon Masrani, the owner of the stylish theme park with genetically made dinosaurs. The film fared very well at the box-office, and Irrfan’s acting skills were very impressive.
This fact will amaze you: Irrfan Khan was a struggling actor in 1993, and didn’t have money to buy tickets for Jurrasic world and in 2015, he was the main lead!
A mighty heart (2007)
In this film based on the true story of famous US journalist Daniel Pearl’s murder. Irrfan bagged a role opposite Angeline Jolie and played a Pakistani Intelligence officer. The film received a nomination for the Golden Globe Award, besides winning other awards.