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Irrfan Khan – The Kohinoor of Bollywood


“I suppose, in the end, life becomes an act of letting go.”

These eternal words were uttered in the movie ‘The Life of Pi’ by one of the most legendary actors in this world, Mr Irrfan Khan.

Irrfan Khan was born and brought up into a humble Muslim family in Rajasthan, India. He was very passionate about cricket ever since his childhood. In fact, he wanted to become a cricketer himself. However, life had different plans for him. 

He completed his MA in Jaipur, and then further moved on to join the National School of Drama (NSD) in New Delhi. 

Soon after his graduation from NSD, he was offered many minor roles in Hindi TV serials, however, his scenes did not make the final cut. But he did not give up on his dream. He pursued his passion and climbed up the ladder of success. He gave his very best in each role he played, sincerely bringing out the characters and emotions. He worked in many daily soaps on channels like Doordarshan, Star Plus and SET. He was versatile and talented. 

Finally, after years of hard work and determination, he received the lead role in the film “Rog” in 2005. This was Irrfan’s long-awaited Eureka Moment. This was the breakthrough in his career that he deserved. His acting career and life changed dramatically after that. 

Hereafter, he received many spectacular roles in not only Bollywood but also Hollywood films. He gracefully aced each and every one of the movies in which he acted. He acted in over 30 Bollywood films, including “Life in a Metro”, “Haider”, “Paan Singh Tomar”, “Hindi Medium” and many more. He has appeared in Hollywood films such as, “The Amazing Spider-Man”, “Slumdog Millionaire” and “The Life of Pi”. He did not believe in taking up the role of a typical, textbook hero. This is what made him stand apart from the other actors. He had also taken up other international projects like Dan Brown’s Inferno. 

In 2011, he became the recipient of the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award. Khan also was the first Indian actor to receive two Academy Awards for the film, “The Life of Pi”. He also received many Filmfare Awards for his outstanding performances. 

His film, “Piku” is one of the best and most appreciated films in Bollywood today. Khan also played beautiful roles of the father in two of his recent movies, “Hindi Medium” and “Angrezi Medium”. The film “Angrezi Medium”, however, happened to be his last as he passed away on 29th April 2020 due to cancer. 

On this day, India and the world not only lost an actor but also one of the best artists to ever live. Irrfan Khan was deeply cherished not only by his fans but also by other actors and directors of the film industry. The world lost one of it’s most precious gems. 

His words will forever stay in our hearts, “Sometimes the wrong train takes you to the right destination.”