Remembering Irrfan Khan: Watching His Best Movies

Irrfan Khan, an extremely versatile and charismatic actor, had mastered the nuances of acting. Numerous critically acclaimed movies, awards and accolades are a testimony to his incredible talent.

The actor has left for the heavenly abode leaving behind a rich cinematic legacy. The film industry and Irrfan Khan's fans are in a state of shock due to his sudden demise.

Irrfan Khan's Impressive Filmography

During the period of three decades of his acting career, this gem of the world cinema had made his mark in the national and international cinema with over 100 Hollywood and Bollywood movies in his kitty.

Be it Lunchbox, an unconventional romantic story or Pan Singh Tomar, a biopic, which showcases the angst of an unsung hero against the system, Irrfan knew how to deliver an impressive performance in any genre.

His smashing performances kept the audience glued, as much in his international outings like Life of Pi, Slumdog Millionaire, Jurassic World, as in the Hindi movies like Piku, Maqbool, Talwar, Hindi Medium, Angrezi Medium, to name a few. His coveted filmography is a fine blend of powerful, dramatic, romantic and hilarious performances.

Global Icon Irrfan Will Be Missed

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Irrfan with his incredible comic timing, expressive looks and emotive eyes was a breath of fresh air to the world of cinema.

Celluloid memories are all the actor left for us to remember him and cherish his exceptionally intense, intriguing, honest and natural performances.

He is no more with us but his memories will remain forever with us. We will all miss the talented star hugely.

Check out the bucket list of Irrfan Khan's best movies to watch and re-watch.

The Warrior (2001)

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The story of the drama revolves around Lafcadia, a cold-blooded warrior played by Irrfan who embarks on a soul searching journey of transformation and redemption.

The film was shot at the two contrasting locations - the desertland of Rajasthan and the snow-covered mountains of the Himalayas. Every frame captures the picturesque backdrop as the Warrior ensues on his quest for peace, renouncing the path of violence.

'The Warrior', an outing of a British filmmaker Asif Kapadia, made Irrfan an international star. It won  Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film at the BAFTA Awards.

Paan Singh Tomar (2012)

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Paan Singh Tomar is a biopic based on the true story of an athlete, a soldier in the Indian army who turned a dacoit to fight against the system.

Irrfan essayed the role of Paan Singh Tomar in the film directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia. His flawless performance enlivened Tomar on screen.

He effortlessly played the transformation of a sportsman and a soldier to a dacoit. And no wonder his convincing portrayal of the
had fetched him the National Film Award for Best Actor, Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor and Screen Award for Best Actor.

Watch or re-watch this critically acclaimed movie to witness how Irrfan had breathed life into the character with sheer simplicity.

The Lunchbox (2015)

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An unconventional romantic story, 'The Lunchbox' lends freshness to this genre. In this fast-paced era of internet, love is all about swiping but in this heart-touching tale, you witness love blossoming through the exchange of letters, lending that old world charm to the story. 

Director Ritesh Batra dished out a beautiful little story of loneliness and love between two strangers that unfolds when a mistake is made by the famous Mumbai dabbawalas.

Irrfan plays the character of a lonely widower convincingly while Nimrat Kaur too performs her character of a neglected wife with brilliance.

Not to forget Nawazzuddin Siddiqui who makes 'The Lunchbox' more palatable with the much-needed touch of humour to the otherwise slow-paced emotional drama.

Sumptuous Lunchbox promises to tickle your tastebuds, go watch it or re-watch it.

International Movies of Irrfan

The actor enriched many films and enlivened many characters on screen. In 2006, he did Mira Nair's 'The Namesake' with Tabu as his leading lady.

In 2007, he was seen in Angelina Jolie starter film 'A Mighty Heart'. In the same year, he also appeared in 'Darjeeling Limited' in a role specially written to work with him.

In 'Slumdog Millionaire', the Oscar-winning film, he was seen in the role of a police inspector. In the same year, he also did 'New York, I Love You'.

He did 'The Amazing Spider-Man' in 2012, only for his sons who were excited about the project.  In the same year, he also appeared in 'Life of Pi'.

The actor played the role of the owner of the dinosaur theme park in the 'Jurassic World' released in 2015.

'Inferno' was another outing where the actor worked with Tom Hanks. 

In 2018, the actor was seen in the film 'Puzzle' playing the role of the mentor of a woman who is trying to search for a missing piece to complete the jigsaw puzzle of her life!

In Hollywood, the veteran actor is considered the most talented exports from India. His impeccable acting skills and charismatic screen presence had led him to get acclaim the world over. 

Without a single iota of doubt, the actor with the 'magical eyes' had the potential to bring Oscar to India. 

Let's watch Irrfan Khan's best movies and remember the great actor.

RIP Irrfan!

Pics: Irrfan's Personal Collection on Social Media.


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