Rohit wrote on Aug 11 2008 7:11PM
Irfan Khan was born and brought up in Jaipur, India. He was studying for his M.A. degree when he earned a scholarship to study at National School of Drama (NSD) in 1984.
After graduating in 1987, Irfan moved to Mumbai, where he acted in numerous television serials like 'Chanakya','Banegi Apni Baat' and 'Chandrakanta' (Doordarshan), 'Star Bestsellers' etc. He was the main villain in a series called Darr which aired on Star Plus, where he played the role of a psycho serial killer, opposite Kay Kay Menon. Theater and television kept him afloat until Mira Nair offered him a cameo in Salaam Bombay (1988) though his role was edited out in the final film. In the 1990s he appeared in the critically acclaimed film “Ek Doctor Ki Maut” and “Such a Long Journey” (1998) and various other films which went unnoticed.
After many unsuccessful films, things changed when London-based director Asif Kapadia gave him the lead in The Warrior, an historical film completed in 11 weeks on the locals in Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan. In 2001 The Warrior stormed in international film festivals making Irfan Khan a known face, world over. In between, he performed in an episode of Star Best seller. His role was of a parchoon shopkeeper who has a misconception that his landlord's wife is trying to seduce him. He gave a very powerful performance. He also appeared in a serial called Bhanvar. He performed the role of a thug who somehow landed to a court, where he presented hiself as a lawyer. He gave a memorable performance.
In 2003 he acted in Indian born writer-director, Ashwin Kumar's short film, Road to Ladakh. After the film received rave reviews at international festivals, the film is now being made into a full length feature, again starring Irfan Khan. That same year he played the title role in the critically acclaimed Maqbool, an adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth. His first Bollywood main lead role came in 2005 with film Rog. Thereafter he appeared in several films either playing the leading role or a supporting role as a villain. In 2004 he win the Filmfare Best Villain Award for his role in film Haasil. In 2007 he appeared in the box office hits Metro for which he recieved a filmfare award for suporting actor and The Namesake which was one of the biggest hits overseas, closely followed by his appearance in the international films A Mighty Heart and The Darjeeling Limited.
2004 Won Filmfare Award Best Actor in a Villainous Role for: Haasil (2003) 2008 Won Filmfare Award Best Actor in a supporting role for : Life… In a Metro (2007) Independent Spirit Awards 2008 Nominated Independent Spirit Award Best Supporting Male for: The Namesake (2006) Screen Weekly Awards 2005 Nominated Screen Best Performance in a Negative Role for: Maqbool (2003) 2004 Won Screen Best Performance in a Negative Role for: Haasil (2003) 2008 Won Best Actor in a comic role for : Life… In a Metro (2007) Zee Cine Awards 2005 Nominated Popular Award Best Performance in a Villainous Role for: Maqbool (2003) 2004 Nominated Popular Award Best Performance in a Villainous Role for: Haasil (2003)
In 2008, his movie Krazzy 4 was a washout. He is currently shooting for Priyadarshan's Billoo Barber, in the title role, alongside Shah Rukh Khan.
Irrfan Khan used to endorse for Hutch Mobile service provider and his ads were quite famous amongst people because of his way of speaking.