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Irrfan Khan

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Sahabzade Irfan Ali Khan (professionally known as Irrfan Khan or simply Irrfan; 7 January 1967 – 29 April 2020) was an Indian actor who worked in Hindi and British and American films. Cited in the press as one of the best actors in the Indian film industry, Khan's career has been over 30 years and he has won numerous acclaims, including the National Film Award, Asian Film Award, and four Filmfare Awards. In 2011, it was awarded Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian honor in India.

Khan was born in Rajasthan to a Muslim family of Pathans of Rajasthani descent. Khan's mother, Saeeda Begum Khan, is from Tonk and his father, Yaseen Ali Khan, is from the village of Khajuriya in the Tonk district of Rajasthan, who ran a tire business. He spent his childhood in Tonk and Jaipur. Irrfan was very good at cricket and was chosen to play in the CK Nayudu Trophy for emerging players in the under-23 category, a tournament considered a stepping stone for top cricket in India. However, he could not afford the travel expenses and did not attend.

In 2009, he starred in the film Acid Factory. He starred as an FBI agent in New York (2009), and appeared on the other side of Natalie Portman as a Gujarat Diamond Trader in the director Mira Nair section of the 12-part New York I Love You.

In September 2015, he was appointed brand ambassador for the campaign "Resurgent Rajasthan" of the state government of Rajasthan. He voiced the light and sound show at the Indian Army War Memorial on Vidhan Sabha Road in Jaipur. The show depicted the valor and courage of Rajasthan soldiers and their victories in historical and modern battles.

He starred opposite Roopa Ganguly in Basu Chatterjee's drama film Kamla Ki Maut (1989). In the 1990s, he went unnoticed by appearing in the film Ek Doctor Ki Maut (1990), such a long journey (1998) and several other films that were well received by critics. In 1998 he played Bal Mickey in Jai Hanuman, a serial by Sanjay Khan. He also produced an episode called'From Reel to Real' on the 2001 horror TV show Ssshhhh ... Koi Hai.

Shortly after graduating from NSD in 1987, Khan made his debut with Mira Nair's Salaam Bombay! He was offered a minor role. However, his scene was reduced in the final cut. He played Lenin in Doordarshan, entitled Laal Ghaas Par Neele Ghode, based on the translation of Mikhail Shatrov's Russian play by Uday Prakash. He was cast in the serial Darr as a psycho killer, the show's main adversary. He also played Mahdum Mohioudin, a famous revolutionary, Urdu poet and Marxist Indian political activist in Kakashan, produced by Ali Sardarja Pri. He played in some episodes of Star Bestsellers (aired on Star-Plus). He also appeared in two episodes of the SET India series Bhanvar. Throughout the 1990s, he appeared in numerous TV serials including Chanakya, Bharat Ek Khoj, Sara Jahan Hamara, Banegi Apni Baat, Chandrakanta, Shrikant, AnooGoonj on Doordarshan, Star Bestsellers (Star Plus), Sparsh, The Great Maratha on DD National, and many more. He also played a double role in the popular '90s supernatural fantasy era drama Chandrakanta, based on the novel written by Devki Nandan Khatri in 1888.

Despite his success in Bollywood, he continued to work on television. He anchored Mano Ya Na Mano (aired on STAR One) and hosted Kyaa Kahein.

The news of his death was tributed online by filmmakers and writers around the world. Khan was buried in Versova Kabristan, Mumbai, and his final ritual was performed by his sons.

As of 2017, his films have generated revenues of $3.643 billion (about $270 billion) in box offices worldwide. In 2018, Khan was diagnosed with a neuroendocrine tumor. He died on April 29, 2020 at the age of 53, from a bowel infection. Khan was described by The Guardian's Peter Bradshaw as "a prominent and charismatic star in Hindi and English films whose hardworking career served as a bridge of enormous value between South Asian and Hollywood films."

On February 23, 1995, Khan married Sutapa Sikdar, a writer and NSD graduate. It was a love marriage. They have two sons Babil and Ayan.

Asif Kapadia starred in the historical film The Warrior, which was completed in 11 weeks in Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan. In 2001, The Warrior opened at the International Film Festival.

Khan in The Amazing Spider-Man in 2012. Played Rajit Ratha. He played the adult version of Piscine "Pi" Molitor Patel in Lee Ang Lee's adaptation of the Life of Pi film, which has been a critical and commercial success worldwide. His leading role in Paan Singh Tomar (2012), whose eponymous real-life athlete turned into dacoit, won him the Best Actor Award. In 2013, it won the Grand Rail D'Or at the Cannes Film Festival and appeared in BAFTA nomination The Lunchbox, making it the highest-grossing Hindi film to date.

In 2012, he changed the spelling of the name from "Irfan" to "Irrfan". He said he liked the sound of "r" added to his name. According to an interview in 2016, he removed "Khan" from the name because he wanted his work, not his lineage.

Khan's last film took place on Angrezi Medium directed by Homi Adajania, which premiered on March 13, 2020.

In 2014, Khan appeared on Gunday and had a modest box office success. He also played an important role in the latter, starring as a guest in the films The Xpose and Haider. In 2015, he starred in the movie Piku with Deepika Padukone and Amitabh Bachchan. Khan co-starred in the 2015 film Jurassic World. In the same year, he appeared in the acclaimed thriller Tal Bar, where his acting was praised. He appeared in Jazbaa in October 2015 with Aishwarya Rai and was well received by critics. He next starred in Dan Brown's Robert Langdon thriller Inferno with Tom Hanks, a 2016 adaptation. In the same year, he also appeared in the 2016 Indian social thriller film Madaari directed by Nishikant Kamat.

He showed interest in acting under the influence of his maternal uncle, who was a theater artist in Jodhpur. In Jaipur, Khan was introduced to famous theater artists and performed several stage performances in the city. Khan earned his master's degree from Jaipur before entering New Delhi's National Theater School (NSD) in 1984 to study acting.

Khan played the role of a police investigator in the 2008 film Slumdog Millionaire, whose cast members were awarded the Screen Actors Guild Award for outstanding performance starring a movie star. Regarding him, Danny Boyle said, "He has an instinctive way to find the'moral center' of any character, so at Slumdog I believe the police can actually conclude that Jamal is innocent." Boyle likened him to an athlete who could perfectly perform the same movement over and over again. "Beautiful to look."

In 2018, Khan starred in Karwan alongside Dulquer Salmaan, Mithila Palkar and Kriti Kharbanda. He also appeared in Blackmail opposite Kirti Kulhari that same year.

In the early days of Mumbai, he started working as an air conditioner repairman and in 1984 visited Rajesh Khanna's house, where his acting inspired him. Later, Irfan said in an interview, "The craze that Rajesh Khanna witnessed wasn't that. He was the biggest and most real star that Bollywood has ever made. Stardom is the feeling of being possessed by your idol. You're overwhelmed with euphoria and you lose contact with reality. It's possible. "

In 2007, he starred in the box office hit The Namesake and Life in a ... Metro. His chemistry with Konkana Sen was one of the highlights of the latter. It has also won the Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award. These roles were closely followed by his appearances in the international films A Mighty Heart and The Darjeeling Limited.

He was admitted to Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital in Mumbai on April 28, 2020, where he began receiving treatment for colon infections. He died the next day from infection. His mother Saeda Begum, 93, died just four days ago in Jaipur.

In 2010, he played Sunil, who struggled to accept the death and loneliness of his wife after moving to Brooklyn's New York City borough while working in the third season of the HBO series In Treatment.

In March 2018, Khan revealed in a tweet that he was diagnosed with a neuroendocrine tumor. He was treated in the UK for a year and returned to India in February 2019.

In 2017, Khan starred in two films, Hindi Medium, both commercially and critically successful. As Khan played Raj Batra in Hindi media, he won several awards, one of which was Best Actor's Filmfare Award. Hindi Medium has gained popularity in India and China and has become his top-grossing Hindi launch, surpassing The Lunchbox. He also starred in No Bed of Roses (2017). As of 2017, his films have generated revenues of $3.643 billion (about $270 billion) in box offices worldwide. His next release was Qarib Qarib Singlle, opposite Parvathy Thiruvothu, who made his debut in a Hindi movie. The film received praise for the main character's story and performance.

His first Bollywood starring was with Rog in 2005. His performance was praised by critics. One wrote, "Irfaan's eyes speak louder than his words and whenever he's in the frame, he shows his abilities as an actor whenever he talks to his friend Manish or argues with Suhel. After that, he starred in several films as a villain, leading or supporting. In 2004, he won the Filmfare Best Villain Award for his role. He also played an adversary in the Telugu film Sai Ni Kudu.

Between 2003 and 2004 he starred in Ashvin Kumar's short film Road to Ladakh. This film was highly praised at the International Film Festival. That same year, he took on the title role in Maqbool, which was acclaimed by critics who adapted Shakespeare's Macbeth.

Khan made his film debut with a small role in Salam Bombay! (1988) followed by years of struggle. After appearing in the British movie <The Warrior> (2001), he made a breakthrough by appearing in the dramas Haul (2003) and Makbul (2004). He received critical acclaim for his role in The Namesake (2006), which made him nominated for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male, Life in a ... Metro (2007) and Paan Singh Tomar (2011). Lastly, he played the title character and won the Best Actor Award. He gained more success with starring roles in The Lunchbox (2013), Piku (2015), and Talvar (2015), as well as supporting roles in the Hollywood films The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), Life of Pi (2012), and Jurassic. . World (2015), Inferno (2016). His other notable roles were Slumdog Millionaire (2008), New York (2009), Haider (2014), Gunday (2014) and the TV series In Treatment (2010). His highest-grossing Hindi film came along with the comedy drama Hindi Medium (2017), which won the Filmfare Award for Best Actor, and his last film starred in the sequel Angrezi Medium (2020).

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