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Veteran Actor Irrfan Khan has portrayed his talent in every step of his acting, be it television, Bollywood or Hollywood. His acting has been acclaimed universally. On his 51st Birthday let’s know some interesting facts about him.

Irrfan’s Background and Struggles

Born on 7th January 1967, to a Muslim family in Jaipur, Irrfan was named as Sahibzade Irfan Ali Khan. His Family had no background in acting. He wanted to become a cricketer in his early days of life, however, life took a turn and he got a Scholarship to study under National Academy of Drama in New Delhi. He completed his acting course in a single attempt in the year 1984 and moved to Mumbai to start his career in Acting.

Irrfan Khan
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He had a strong background in Theater and Drama and started his career in Television. In the initial days of his career, he worked for TV serials like “Chandrakanta”, “Bharat Ek Khoj”, “Sara Jahan Hamara”, “Banegi Apni Baat” and many more and was acclaimed for his acting by the industry.

He was though not satisfied with his growth as an actor and dreamt big. He wanted to try his luck in Hindi films Industry. Irrfan in the year 1988, was offered a cameo role by the writer-director Meera Nair in her film “Salaam Bombay”. But Irrfan’s role was cut down when the movie was released. Thereafter, he got an opportunity to show his talent for the first time in ”Maqbool” in the year 2003 and was highly acclaimed for his acting skills.

Irrfan’s Turning point and success as an actor in Film Industry

Irrfan was critically acclaimed for his role in “Ek Doctor ki Maut” in the year 1990. He got his first break in a lead role for the film “Rog” in 2005. Irrfan was awarded for his negative role in “Haasil” by Filmfare Awards. Later in his Career, Irrfan has played a critical role in movies like Slumdog Millionaire, in which he was portrayed in an important role of a Police Officer.

Later in his career, he has worked in commercially and critically acclaimed movies like Gundey, Haider, Piku, Lunch Box, Life in a Metro, Pan Singh Tomar, a series in Jurassic Park (Hollywood), and never turned back.

“Life in a Metro” was indeed a turning point for him towards the success of his career. He is known for his effortless and natural acting which audience can relate to. Paan Singh Tomar fetched National award for him.

Irrfan has been acknowledged with the prestigious acclamation of “Padma Shri” by “Bharat Sarkar” for his outstanding acting and performance throughout his movies. He was depicted in the lead role of a biographical sports drama “Paan Singh Tomar” for which he bagged National Film Award for Best Actor in the year 2011.

He was also acknowledged universally for “Lunch Box which was a commercial hit. His movie “Hindi Medium” was a commercial hit throughout India and China.

Irrfan’s Hollywood interventions and acknowledgment

With his remarkable acting skills, he made his way through Hollywood as well. Films that he bagged in Hollywood namely, Slumdog Millionaire, Namesake, Life of Pi, The Warrior, New York I love You, Jurrasic World, The Darjeeling Limited and Inferno. He was recognized internationally for his hard work and acting talent. His film Lunch Box was able to claim BAFTA Award internationally.

Personal life of veteran actor Irrfan Khan

Irrfan Khan is married to Sutapa Sikdar a Graduate from National Drama Academy (NSD). They together are parents to 2 sons, Babil and Ayaan.

Last year Irrfan was diagnosed with Neuroendocrine Tumor and was undergoing treatment in London. “It’s been quite some time now since I have been diagnosed with a high-grade neuroendocrine cancer,” Irrfan told TOI.”People have been wishing me well, praying for me, from all over the world,” said the actor.

On his 51st Birthday, we pray for his speedy recovery and yet again comeback to his normal life and acting.