RIP Irrfan Khan- Unique looks, immense talent, no godfather in Bollywood- It’s Irrfan Khan.
Mini Intro: Sahabzade Irfan Ali Khan aka Irrfan Khan was an Indian film actor, narrator, executive producer who was born on 7 January 1967, Tonk, Rajasthan, India. He died on 29 April 2020, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. He was basically famous for his work in Hindi cinema as well as American and British movies. As millions mourn the loss of Irrfan Khan’s sudden demise, Scroll down to check the fascinating facts about Irrfan Khan.
Here are 47 Interesting and Lesser Known facts about Irrfan Khan which I bet you don’t know. Let’s get into the stuff and read each and every line of text with interest if you are a big fan of him. The facts are arranged in any order and please leave a comment if you think differently and have something in mind which you want me to notice. Your comments are most welcome. Please do not forget to like our official Facebook page.
Lesser-Known and Interesting Facts About Irrfan Khan
- The versatile star Irrfan Khan’s real name was Sahabzade Irfan Ali Khan.
- He was awarded the Padma Shri, India’s fourth-highest civilian honor for his contribution to the field of arts.
- He was born into a Muslim family of Pathan ancestry in Rajasthan.
- Irrfan Khan did drinking and smoking.
- Irrfan Khan was very shy in his school days and his teachers would often scold him because his voice was never audible in the class.
- Irrfan was one of the tallest actors in Bollywood with 6 feet, 1-inch height.
- He refused a big role in Interstellar but turned it down as he was expected to stay in the USA for four months at a stretch.
- He refused a movie for Christopher Nolan in 2014.
- Do you guys that Irrfan’s mother, Saeeda Begum Khan was from Jodhpur, and his father, Yaseen Ali Khan, was from the Khajuriya village in Rajasthan’s Tonk district, and they ran a tire business.
- During his past life, Irrfan was so bored that he thought of quitting a TV regular from 1994 to 1998.
- He wished to gift his mother a suitcase full of money.
- Khan married writer and fellow NSD graduate Sutapa Sikdar in February 1995. He met the love of his life in NSDwhere they used to study in the same class. She belongs to a Hindu Brahmin family. They had two sons- Babil and Ayan.
- One of the interesting facts about Irrfan Khan is in 2012, he changed his first name from “Irfan” to “Irrfan”; he said he liked the sound of the extra “r” in his name. He later dropped “Khan” from his name because—according to a 2016 interview—he wanted his work to define him, not his lineage.
- He was a final year student at NSD (1988) when Mira Nair chose him for a role in Salaam Bombay.
- He made his film debut with a small role in Salaam Bombay! (1988), which was followed by years of struggle. After starring in the British movie The Warrior(2001), he had his breakthrough with starring roles in the dramas Haasil (2003) and Maqbool (2004).
- He gained critical acclaim for his roles in Life in a Metro, Paan Singh Tomar, The Namesake, The Lunchbox, Piku, Talvar, Slumdog Millionaire, New York, Haider, Gunday, Hindi Medium, Angrezi Medium.
- He had done supporting roles in Hollywood movies like The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), Life of Pi (2012), Jurassic World (2015), Inferno (2016).
- Irrfan once said that he can’t afford to watch Jurassic Park in 1993, but in 2015, he appeared in one part of Jurassic Park.
- He has been detained twice at Los Angeles Airport because his name is similar to a terror suspect.
- As per the media, they cited him as one of the finest actors in Indian Cinema.
- He landed his first role as a lead actor in a commercial movie for Rog in the year 2005.
- Do you guys that Irrfan was good at cricket and was selected to play in the CK Nayudu Trophy for emerging players in the under-23 category, a tournament seen as a stepping stone to first-class cricket in India. However, he did not attend as he could not afford travel expenses.
- He reads a lot and stays up till 3 am to read through at least one new Hollywood script a week to better understand how to play his roles better.
- He showed interest in acting under the influence of his maternal uncle who himself was a theatre artist in Jodhpur. He did many stage performances in the city. He completed his MA in Jaipur before joining the National School of Drama (NSD) in New Delhi in 1984 to study acting.
- One of the lesser-known facts about Irrfan Khan is that in his early days in Mumbai, he took up a job as an air conditioner repairman and visited the home of his acting inspiration, Rajesh Khanna, in 1984.
- He was appointed as the brand ambassador for “Resurgent Rajasthan“, a campaign by the state government of Rajasthan in September 2015.
- His movie LunchBox is the only Indian movie to have ever won a TFCA (Toronto Film Critics Association Award), and also won Critics Week Viewers Choice Award at the Cannes Film Festival.
- Do you guys know that Irrfan Khan lent his voice to the light and sound show at the war memorial for the Indian army at Vidhan Sabha Road, Jaipur. The show portrayed the courage of Rajasthani soldiers, and their historic and modern triumphs in battle.
- Khan revealed via a tweet that he had been diagnosed with a neuroendocrine tumor in march 2018. He sought treatment in the UK for a year, returning in February 2019. Few days after Irrfan lost his mother, He was admitted to Mumbai’s Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital on 28 April 2020, where he started receiving treatment for a colon infection.
- Khan died the following day (29 April 2020) at age 53, from the infection. The news was broken by his friend and director Shoojit Sircar on Twitter. Multiple Bollywood personalities, including notable actors Amitabh Bachchan and Kamal Haasan paid tributes online upon the news of his death. Less than 24 hours after his death, actor Rishi Kapoor, his co-star in D-Day, died from leukemia.
- Once after the success of Slumdog Millionaire, Julia Roberts stopped outside the Kodak Theater (where the Oscars were being staged) to compliment Irrfan on the same.
- He had a remarkable stint on the small screen and appeared in many popular TV shows such as Sparsh (1988), Sara Jahan Hamara (1994), Chandrakanta (1994), Star Bestsellers (1995), Bharat Ek Khoj (1988), Chanakya (1991), AnooGoonj (1993), Banegi Apni Baat (1993).
- When it came to scripts he was very selective and he used to do good research on his role. His wife once told that she had to re-write the script of some of the episodes of “Banegi Apni Baat” a dozen times because Irrfan was not satisfied with it.
- He rose to fame with his negative role in Tigmanshu Dhulia’s movie Haasil in 2003.
- Apart from acting, he had also voiced two video games titled “lego Dimensions” and “Lego Jurassic World”.
- Despite being born in a Pathan family, he hated Non-vegetarian food and his father often used to say that he was a Brahmin born in Pathans.
- He had a deep sympathy, love for animals.
- For the movie “Piku”, he rejected Ridley Scott’s movie “The Martian”.
- It was reported that Irrfan just took 2 hours to read the scripts of “Blackmail” and agreed on it. It was also reported later that he was diagnosed with a tumor at the time of the shoot of the movie.
- He was the first Bollywood actor to have acted in two movies that won the Academy Awards- Life of Pi (2012) and Slumdog Millionaire (2008). However, the first choice for this role in Slumdog Millionaire was Gulshan Grover.
- Irrfan Khan had very expressive eyes and once a critic said: “Irrfan’s eyes speak louder than his words”.
Favorite Stuff About Irrfan Khan:
Favorite Actor: Robert De Niro, Marlon Brando, Philip Seymour Hoffman
Favorite Actress: Madhuri Dixit
Favorite Movie: The Men (1950)
Favorite Restaurant: Grand Hotel du Cap Ferrat, France
Favorite Sports: Cricket
Favorite Holiday Destination: France
Favorite Color: Black
Irrfan Khan Lifestyle, Income, Cars, Biography, Family, and Net Worth:
Name: Irrfan Khan
Full Name: Sahabzade Irfan Ali Khan
Profession: Executive Producer, Actor, Narrator
Date of Birth: 7 January 1967
Birthplace: Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
Hometown: Khajuriya Village, Tonk District, Rajasthan, India
Date of Death: 29 April 2020
Age (at the time of death)-(53 years)
Place of Death: Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, Mumbai
Educational Qualification: Diploma in Dramatic Arts from NSD
Death cause: Colon Infection
Zodiac sign: Capricorn
Height: in centimeters: 183 cm, in meters: 1.83 m, in feet inches: 6′
Eye color: Dark brown
Hair color: Black
Food Habit: Vegetarian
Address: 5th floor of an apartment in Oshiwara, Mumbai
Hobbies: Reading, playing cricket
Marital status: Married
Marriage date: 23 February 1995
Affairs/Girlfriends: Sutapa Sikdar (Dialogue writer)
Debut Movie: Hindi- Salaam Bombay (1988), British- The Warrior (2001), Hollywood- A Mighty Heart (2007), TV Actor-Shrikant (1985)
Last Movie: Angrezi Medium (2020) as “Champak Bansal”
- 2013- National Film Award-Best Actor For Paan Singh Tomar
- Filmfare Awards:
- 2004: Best Actor in a Negative Role for Haasil
- 2008: Best Supporting Actor for Life in a…Metro
- 2013: Best Actor (Critics) for Paan Singh Tomar
- 2018: Best Actor for Hindi Medium
- Check out all the awards and nomination received by Irrfan Khan-Awards
Irrfan Khan landed in a controversy in 2016 over his remarks on ‘Qurbani’ on Eid-al-Adha. While promoting his movie ‘Madaari’ Irfan stated that we as humans have forgotten the real meaning of all the festivals and rituals. We have made them a spectacle. Qurbani ek bahut ahem festival hai… it means to sacrifice. A goat was then a prime source of food, and there were many who went hungry. So you had to, in a way, sacrifice something dear to you and distribute it to people.
Later on, after getting widely criticized, Irrfan tweeted, ‘Pls Bhaiyon, who r upset with my statement, either u r not ready to introspect or u r in a hurry to reach to a conclusion.’- source: jagranjosh
Irrfan Khan’s Family:
Wife/Spouse: Sutapa Sikdar
Children: Sons: Ayaan Khan, Babil Khan Daughter: None
Parents: Mother: Sayeeda Begum, Father: Sahabzada Yaseen Ali Khan
Siblings: Brothers: Imran Khan, Salman Khan Sister: Rukhsana Begum
Cars Owned By Irrfan Khan:
Car: Mercedes S-Class
Net Worth & Salary of Irrfan Khan:
Salary (approx): Rs. 12-14 Crore/Movie
Net Worth (approx): Rs 344 Crores ($50 Million) (as in 2020)
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Hard work walked with him in this life of veteran actor Irfan Khan and it displays a deep message for the present generation, do whatever you love to but garnishing of hard-work will make the life ease to taste better.
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