Date of Birth 7 January 1967, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
Birth Name Sahabzade Irrfan Ali Khan
Height 6′ (1.83 m)
Acclaimed by the critics & the entire world as one of the best actor of his times Irrfan Khan hails from India. Born and brought up in Jaipur into feudal Nawab family, though had no one from the entertainment field in the family, his passion was acting since childhood.While he was doing his masters he earned a scholarship to study at the premium institute National School of Drama (NSD) in New Delhi. An actor at par excellence, who has carved his own path by defying the conventional paths in Indian entertainment industry. Changing the rules of the Hindi film industry he has been able to redefine heroism in Hindi cinema. His kind of films has made youngsters in India come back into cinema looking for an alternative entertainment and seeking more from cinema then given usually. Having a body of work of more then eighty films in India, he has a remarkable list of films which embarked the beginning of a new definition of entertaining cinema in India. Paan Singh Tomar, Haasil, Life In A Metro, Maqbool, The Lunchbox, Piku and Talvaar. In the west he has many films like The Namesake (2006), New York, I Love You (2008), A Mighty Heart (2007), The Darjeeling Limited (2007), The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), Life of Pi (2012), and Jurassic World (2015) as well as in the HBO series In Treatment (2008). Also, his two upcoming international projects: Dan Brown’s Inferno (2016) and a Japanese American TV series. He has won three Filmfare Awards, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and an Independent Spirit Award nomination in 2011. The actor has received a national award for best actor award in 2012 for his film Paan Singh Tomar, he became a recipient of the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award in India.
The first Bollywood actor to star in two films that won the Academy Award for Best Director (Slumdog Millionaire (2008) and Life of Pi (2012)). Both films also won the Academy Award for Best Cinematography and Best Original Score.
In two completely unconnected movies, Irrfan Khan speaks of ‘Richard Parker’: the tiger in Life of Pi (2012) and Spiderman’s dad in The Amazing Spider-Man (2012).
Was signed for the film “Tezaab – Acid of Love” but opted out.
Was signed for Deepa Mehta’s Midnight Children, but was replaced by Ronit Roy.
Had signed a film titled ” Fanne Khan” directed by Shivam Nair. He was later replaced by Randeep Hooda . Kunal Khemu’ s name was also being talked about as being the lead. The film was announced in 2012 and was shelved in 2014.
Was signed for the lead role in Mira Nair’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist. He later opted out as he did not want to play a terrorist.
Starred in Tigmanshu Dhulia’s shelved 2006 period drama ” Ghulaami”. Co starring Sunny Deol and Sameera Reddy.
Starred in Tigmanshu Dhulia’s shelved 2004 film “The Killing of a Porn Filmaker”. Co starring Konkana Sen Sharma. In the film Irrfan plays a porn film maker who finds out he was Adolf Hitler in his last life time. To pay for his sins of his last life time, he starts to do charity work. He is killed by a Jew in the end of the film.
Starred in the shelved film 1998 “Kanoon Ki Zanjeer”. Directed by Dilip Gautam and Baal Nave. Co starring Chandrashekhar, Seema Kashyap, Laxmi Chhaya, Asha Sharma, Avtar Gill, Junior Mehmood, Kiran Kumar, Bharat Kapoor, Ram Sethi, Rakesh Bedi. Music by : Mewalal Sharma and Anmol.
Starred in Anil Sharma’s 2004 shelved production ” Phaansi”. Directed by Chandrakant Barve. Co starring Sunil Shetty (as a Punjabi sardar), Rahul Dev, Deepti Bhatnagar.
He was signed for an important role in Anurag Kashyap’s “Black Friday” but opted out.
Starred in director Navneet Baj Saini’s 2007 shelved film ” Teersri Manzil”. Co starring Lucky Ali, Ranveer Shorey, Deepal Shaw, Nausheen Ali Sardar. The films title was later changed to “Bangkok Blues”.
Starred in Jaya Pradha’s 2006 shelved home production. Directed by Kitu Gosh. Co starring Jaya Pradha, Priyanshu Chatterjee, Sandhya Mridul. It was a suspense thriller.
Was approached to star in Anjan Das film “Faltu”(2005) Starring Yash Pandit Manjari, Tinnu Anand,Anjan Srivastav. Produced by Planline Life. The film was based on the partition. He agreed to star in the film but later had to back out.
Was signed for the film “Gangor” aka (Choli Ke Peeche) but was replaced by Adil Hussein.
Starred in Mahesh Bhatt’s 2004 shelved production based on Abdul Karim Telgi. Directed by Pooja Bhatt.
Starred in Sudhir Mishra’s shelved film” The Nawab The Nautch Girl and The John Company” co starring Saif Ali Khan, Chitrangada Singh. It was a.period film based in 1857. Sudhir initially wanted Anil Kapoor in the film. This was in 2003.
Wife Sutapa is a dialogue writer in films.
Had gone to see the shooting of Ganga Ke Saugandh and Jal Mahal as a child. Both films were shot in his home town.
Was offered a role in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen with Sean Connery. the deal fell though at the last minute.
Was offered Matt Damon’s part in ‘Interstellar’ and Chiwetel Ejiofer’s part in ‘The Martian’, he ended up turning down both roles due to scheduling conflicts.
Starred in Ragini and Vibha Bhatnagar’s shelved untitled film in 2005. Starring Irrfan Khan, Amisha Patel, Dino Morea. Directed by Vikram Bhatt. The film was going to be a genre never attempted before by Vikram Bhatt.
Was going to star in the Hollywood movie “Indian Summer”. The controversial film “Indian Summer”, about Lady Edwina Mountbatten’s alleged affair with India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, has been scrapped. Based on the book of the same name by Alex Von Tunzelmann about the last days of Britain’s colonial rule in India, the film got in trouble after the Indian government voiced concerns over the plot. Officials demanded copy approval of the script and eventually gave the film the green light, but the project continued to be plagued by money problems, with bosses at Universal Studios reportedly fretting over the estimated $30-40 million cost. Director Joe Wright (husband of Anoushka Shankar) says the wrangling with the Indian government effectively sealed the film’s fate. “We were in between a rock and a hard place. The Indian government wanted us to make less of the love story while the studio wanted us to make more of the love story,” he told Variety magazine. Cate Blanchett was roped in to play Edwina in the movie while Irrfan Khan was to play Nehru.
Two of the films that he has worked on (Slumdog Millionaire and Life of Pi) collectively won 12 Oscars.
Starred in Dheeraj Kumar’s shelved film “Behind The Painted Veil”(2003) .Directed by Roger Christian. The film was going to be a international cross over film. Starring Irrfan Khan, Gulshan Grover .
Starred in the shelved film ,Alibaug: A Sanjay Gupta film, based on an episode from Gupta’s life. This film revolves around a young professor, who was once the life of his college. He is now dying, but has something to take care off before he breathes his last. He wishes to bring together his favourite bunch of students, who’ve drifted apart, and let the mad race of life take over their existence. Will the dying man help them make regain their lives?… Sanjay Dutt was to make a Special Appearance, but in March 2008 he asked Gupta to replace him. He had shot for ten days in June 2007, but after his separation from White Feather Films and Gupta and with his many other pending commitments, Sanjay obviously didn’t find place for Alibaug anymore in his schedule. His role went to Irrfan Khan. But even then, the film was never completed.
When he arrived in Bombay, he worked as a air conditioner repair man. One of the first houses he visited to repair a air conditioner was the house of superstar Rajesh Khanna.