The nation still can’t get through this dejection of the news of demise of the talented actor Irrfan khan . It happens very rarely, that someone has the ability of being so versatile and joyous in reel and real life ,both.
Today, we are presenting some of the lesser known facts about the great actor:
1. Birth in a royal family
Irrfan Khan was born to a Muslim Pathan family on 7th January 1967 in Jaipur, Rajasthan. His father was the late Jagirdar Khan from village Khajuria near the Tonk district. His mother, Begum Khan belonged to the Tonk hakim family. Irrfan Khan’s father ran a tyre business.
2. Irrfan real name is Sahabzade Irfan Ali Khan.
Irrfan’s full name is Sahabzade Irfan Ali Khan .
3 Unplanned career
Getting into films was not what Irrfan Khan had planned for. He was interested in a career in cricket, however, his parents were not too keen on it. It was after he earned a scholarship in NSD that he took to making a career in acting.
While studying for his MA degree, Irrfan earned a scholarship to study at National School of Drama (NSD) in 1984. He has a Diploma in Dramatic Arts.
5. First job in Mumbai
When he stepped in the land of dreams Mumbai, he started as an AC repair executive. It is even said that , one of first houses he visited for repairing services was, that of the legend Rajesh Khanna.
6. Debut in ‘Salaam Bombay’
He debuted in the year 1988 in the Academy Award nominated movie Salaam Bombay. He was then in his final year at NSD; however his role was shortened as his height was being an issue.
7. Marriage and family
Irrfan Khan got married to writer and fellow NSD student Sutapa Sikdar on February 23rd 1995. He has two Kids, Babil and Ayan.
8. Wanted to give up acting at one point of time
At one point of time in his career he was majorly doing televisions shows and none of the films that he acted in, proved to be successful. It became very monotonous for him and it drove him to almost give up on acting. However, acting in The Warrior, made by Asif Kapadia, made him change his mind.
9. Instant moment of fame
A historical film, The Warrior, in which he played the lead role, when opened to International films festivals in 2001 gave him an instant fame and he became a well known face of Bollywood.
10. He landed his first role as a lead actor in a commercial movie for Rog in the year 2005.
Irrfan did a lead role in proper Bollywood film called ROG
11. The ‘R’ emphasis
The additional ‘r’ in his name Irrfan was just his liking and nothing related to the luck .
12. One of the tallest in industry
Irrfan Khan was a tall one . He was about 6 ft 1 inch in height.
13. Irrfan’s Work In Jurrasic World.
Irrfan did a vital role under the direction of Colin Trevorrow.
14. Refused a movie to Christopher Nolan in 2014
When director Nolan offered him a substantial role in the movie ‘Interstellar’, Irrfan denied the role as he was already committed to two of his projects, Lunch Box and D Day.
15. The Julia Roberts incident
Getting a compliment for your acting from a great Hollywood personality is not a small thing. For Irrfan Khan, the lucky moment happened during one of the Oscars nights. He got a chance to meet Julia Roberts and was surprised at the compliments she offered to him. She told him that she loved his acting in ‘The Namesake’.
16. Irrfan had a unique wish
One of strange wish of Irrfan Khan, in his initial days in cinema world was , to gift his mother a suitcase full of cash just like how they do in movies.
17. When his name got him into trouble
Irrfan Khan was detained at a US airport, like Shah Rukh Khan, simply because his name was similar to a 33 year old terrorist.
18. Global gone great!
Apart from Indian cinema , Irrfan worked in many successful Hollywood projects and got fame for the same.
19. Perfectionist of sorts
His wife Sutapa Sikdar narrates that when he was directing the episodes of Banegi Apni Baat, he asked for around 11 rewrites from her until he was fully convinced with the final one.
20. First Bollywood actor in two Academy Award winning movies
Irrfan Khan is the first actor from the Indian film industry who was a part of cult movies, Slumdog Millionaire (2008) and Life of Pie (2012), both Academy Award winners.
21. His Lunchbox won Critics Week Viewers Choice Award at Cannes Film Festival
Irrfan’s Lunchbox was one of the very few Indian movies to have won Grand Rail d’Or Award at the Cannes Film Festival. This was in the year 2013.
22. List of awards
Among many of the awards that he has bagged, some notable ones are mentioned below:
• National Film Award for the best actor in the 60th National Film Awards 2012 and a Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor for his role in the movie Paan Singh Tomar.
• In 2014 he won the Asian Film Award for Best Actor.
• He has won three International Indian Film Academy Awards, three Filmfare Awards and an Independent Spirit Award nomination.
• The latest award in his kitty being the Filmfare Award for Best Actor for the movie Hindi Medium in 2017.
23. Padma Shri recipient
In the year 2011, Irrfan Khan received the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian honor in India, for his contribution to the field of arts.