The super faceted and super talented Irrfan Khan was born on 7 January, 1967 as Sahabzade Irfan Khan to a Muslin Pathan family in Rajasthan. His father ran a tire business. Irrfan Khan was pursuing his MA when he earned a scholarship to study at the National School of Drama in Delhi. After completing his studies from NSD, he moved to Mumbai where he acted in a plethora of TV shows and was noticed for his stellar acting in shows like Chanakya, Chandrakanta, Bharat ekKhoj and Anoogoonj. He also starred opposite Kay Kay Menon in a series called ‘Darr’ which aired on Star Plus. He made his screen debut with the much acclaimed ‘Salaam Bombay’ in 1988 which was nominated for the Academy Awards.
Through the 1990s, Irrfan Khan faced a period of struggle where he starred in critically acclaimed movies but these movies went largely unnoticed. Movies such as Ek Doctor Ki Maut and Such a Long Journey were widely appreciated but could not reach the masses.
Things took a turn for the good when he was offered the lead in ‘The Warrior’ in 2001. The Warrior was a historical movie, which opened in a few International Festivals, making Irrfan Khan a recognized face. His first lead role in Bollywood came with the movie ‘Rog’. His performance was admired by all. He continued his upwards trajectory with movies like Haasil, Life in a Metro, Maqbool, The Namesake, Slumdog Millionaire, PaanSinght Tomar, The Lunchbox, Piku, Hindi Medium etc. Irrfan Khan has had movies which have always worked at the box office. No movie comes to mind where he has not performed well! For his outstanding performance in the movie ‘The Lunchbox’, he won the ‘Best Actor’ award at the Asian Film Awards. For the same movie, Irrfan also won the best actor award at the Asia-Pacific Film Festival.