Irrfan Khan was one of those few actors who always performed the roles defining a common man. His grace and effortlessness with which he acted showed his true mettle and caliber. Here we bring up those masterpiece performances by the legend which have been etched in the history forever.
The Warrior – Directed by Asif Kapadia, it’s the British film released in 2001 which is considered the turning point for Irrfan’s career in Cinema. Set in Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh, the film shows Irrfan giving up sword in his fight in a feudal system.
Kaali Salwar – Released in 2002, Fareeda Mehta directed Kali Salwar had Sadiya Siddiqui, Irrfan Khan, Kay Kay Menon in the leads. The film was one of the short stories of Saadat Hasan Manto. It was shot in underbelly of Mumbai and won several awards.
Haasil – Tigmanshu Dhulia directed and released in 2003, Hassil won Irrfan his first Filmfare Award in a negative role. With student politics as its background, the film was mojorly shot in premises of Allahabad university. It’s one of his best performances and also the film which made his name known to the mainstream Bollywood.
Maqbool – 2003’s Maqbool had Pankaj Kapoor, Irrfan and Tabu as the leads. A crime drama directed by Vishal Bhardwaj, the film was adaptation of Shakespeare Macbeth. The film was well received by the critics and won Vishal Bhardwaj the international acclaim. It’s Irrfan’s one o fbest performances till date.
The Namsake – Released in 2007, Starring Tabu and Irrfan Khan in the leads, it was an English languagage drama film directed by Mira Nair. The Namesake received positive reviews from American critics. The film shows the struggle of Tabu and Irrfan as first generation immigrants from West Bengal to The USA. Apart from cross cultural experiences, what follows is the performances to be seen. The film was Primarily shot in Kolkata and the New York City.
Tulsi – A 2008 drama film is set on Irrfan Khan and Manisha Koirala. Irrfan playes the role of drunkard but doting husband to Manisha. It’s a beautiful emotional watch. The film didn’t do well at the box office due to almost zero promotions but was well received by the crtitics.
Billu – Released in 2009, the film is also known as Billu Barber and stars Irrfan and Lara Dutta in the lead roles. Billu performs the role of a poor barber who has a wealthy friend Shah Rukh Khan. The story is based ont he roles of Sudama and Lord Krishna and is a must watch.
7 Khoon Maaf – Directed by Vishal Bhardwaj and released in 2011, the film – a black comedy – starring Priyanka Chopra, Irrfan Khan, John Abraham, Naseeruddin Shah in leads is an adaptation of the short story Susanna’s Seven Husbands by Ruskin Bond. Irrfan’s masterpiece performance in the act will win your heart.
Paan Singh Tomar – Released in 2012, based on the real life dacoit of the same name, Irrfan played an athlete turned dacoit in the film. The film won hearts of the audience and was received extremely well and won Irrfan his first National Award as an Actor for his brilliant performance in the film.
The Lunchbox – The 2013’s release The Lunchbox went on to become the then highest grossing film of Irrfan Khan. Starring Irrfan, Nimrat Kaur and Nawazuddin Siddiqui, it’s a romantic film written and directed by Ritesh Batra. The film won Irrfan Filmfare’s Best Actor award and was nominated for the Best Film under Not-In-English-Language category of the British Film Awards.
Haider – The 2014 crime drama set in Kashmir has Irrfan in little but prominenent role which has been aced by actor effortlessly. The film is brilliant due to its story and excellent performances by all actrors..
Piku – Shoojit Sircar’s 2015 family comedy-drama set in Delhi and Kolkata stars Deepika Padukone, Amitabh Bachchan and Irrfan Khan as leads. As Deepika tries to handle her short tempered father with bowel-syndrome, Irrfan leads the way in making her come to terms with it. It’s an extremely special film as all actors have perfromed brilliantly.
Madari – Directed by Nishikant Kamat and released in 2016, it’s an Indian social thriller that shows Irrfan in the role of a father whose only child gets killed due to carelessness and corruption of the government and he decides upon reciprocating the gesture by kidnapping the minister’s son.
Hindi Medium – This film of 2017 broke Irrfan’s earlier film The Lunchbox’s record of being the highest grosser. Once again, Irrfan won the Filmfare’s Best Actor award for his massive performance in the role of a local businessman trying to get his child admitted to private English school. The film showed mirror to the society as Irrfan dislodges several stereotypes.
Qarib Qarib Single – It’s 2017’s romantic comedy drama featuring Irrfan Khan and Parvathy Thiruvothu in the leads. Parvathy playing 35 year old widow gets on to online dating, later to find Irrfan as her companion. The film is a light-hearted watch for romance-lovers. Irrfan had garnered much appreciation for the film as the critics called it a beautiful film.
Blackmail – Story of an unexciting relationship in which the wife chooses to have an extramarital affair, it’s also a comedy-drama released in 2018. Irrfan, despite having come to know of the affair decides to blackmail her wife’s boyfriend in exchange of money. This is uber-entertaining film with brilliant performances from Irrfan and other casts.
Karwaan – Released in 2018, it’s again a cheerful entertaining film set on a road trip the friends take. The film received positive reviews and Irrfan was praised by the critics. It’s his one of the best role which he sailed through naturally.
Angrezi Medium – March 2020 released, this becomes his last film. He did this right after he came to India post his 18 months treatment of cancer in London. It was sequel to Hindi Medium. The story is about a father who can go to any length to fulfill his daughter’s dream of studying in a foreign university. The film received positive response from audience and has trailblazing performances from Irrfan.