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Irrfan Khan Biography

About Irrfan Khan

Irrfan Khan is an actor not a star. He has risen out of the shadows to which most non-stars are secluded to as he maneuvers between television, theater and movies.

Sahabzade Irrfan Ali Khan was born on the 30th November 1960 to a Nawab family in Jaipur, India.

While studying for a masters' degree in Arts he got through to the National School of Drama in 1984.

He is married to writer Sutapa Sikdar Khan and they have two sons.

Irrfan Khan started working in television serials essaying various roles. He was seen in Banegi Apni Baat, Saran Jahan Hamara, Chanakya, Darr and Star Bestsellers.

1988 to 2000  Irrfan Khan got his first break in movies with Mira Nair's Salaam Bombay (1988). However his scene was deleted before the release. He was seen in Tapan Sinha's Ek Doctor Ki Maut (1991) with Shabana Azmi which won the National Film Award for Second Best Feature Film among others.

2001 to 2006  Asif Kapadia's The Warrior (2001) cast him in the lead as Lafcadia, a warrior in Rajasthan. It won the Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film at the BAFTA Awards.

Following this, he was seen in several commercial ventures like Kasoor (2001), Gunaah (2002) and Haasil (2003). His role in the latter won him a Filmfare Best Actor in a negative Role Award. In Vishal Bharadwaj's Maqbool (2004), an adaptation of Macbeth, he played the role of Macbeth.

Riding on his success, he acted in 7 Phere (2005) with Juhi Chawla and Naseeruddin Shah's Yun Hota Tho Kya Hota (2006) about the 9/11 attacks.

2007 to 2009 
Irrfan Khan was the chosen one for the 2007 release The Mighty Heart. It was based on a book by Marianne Pearl about the slaying of her journalist husband Daniel Pearl. The movie starred Angelina Jolie and Irrfan Khan as Javid Habib who is helping in the investigations of the journalist's disappearance.

He was part of Anurag Basu's Life in a Metro (2007) that won him the Best Supporting Actor Award. He worked with director Mira Nair and actress Tabu in The Namesake (2007), an adaptation of Jhumpa Lahiri's book by the same name. He won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male for his performance as Ashok Ganguly.

Mumbai Meri Jaan (2008)about the Mumbai train bombings in 2006 saw him as Thomas, a coffee vendor. The movie opened to positive reviews.

Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire (2009) won several awards internationally. He played a police inspector investigating a possible fraud when a boy from the slums wins on the television show Who Wants to be a Millionaire?

His other releases in 2009 are Rakeysh Om Prakash Mehra's Delhi 6; Billu Barber with Shah Rukh Khan, based on the story of Krishna and Sudhama and New York about the 9/11 terrorist attack.