Irrfan Khan, born in 1967 and passed away on April 29, 2020 due to a tumor against which he fought for over a year, was an established actor, among the most appreciated in Bollywood and the whole world. Born into a Muslim family, Khan completed his education at the National School of Drama of New Dheli.
The famous actor – a distant descendant of Emperor Genghis Khan – lived for a long time in Mumbai where, before starting his career as an interpreter of the characters of some television series, he worked as an air conditioning system technician.
As for the debut, remember that it arrived in 1988 with the film Salaam Bombay!. In the early 2000s, Khan's career was marked by a significant turnaround thanks to leading roles in films such as Haasil.
Shortly afterwards the doors of Hollywood opened for him, with parts in films such as The Amazing Spider Man, Life of Pi is Jurassic World. A distant descendant of the great emperor Genghis Khan, he also starred in the award-winning The Millionaire, wearing the role of the police inspector who interrogates the protagonist of the film, the young Jamal Malik. Also noteworthy is the role of the protagonist in the romantic comedy Lunchbox.
Among his latest films it is possible to mention Karwan and the film Angrezi Medium, released on March 13th. Khan, who a few weeks before his departure had mourned the disappearance of the elderly mother, was married since 1995 with the producer Sutapa Sikkar (the couple had two children).
Awarded in 2011 as Best Actor at the National Film Awards – the most important Bollywood award – Khan won over both the public and critics with his extraordinary talent and with a facial expression that, according to many, was cloaked in a veil of melancholy.
Remembered with words full of affection by some of the greatest personalities of Indian cinema – e.g. actor and producer Amitabh Baghchan and director Karan Johar – had played cricket at a very high level in his youth. We conclude by pointing out that, in 2012, he chose to add an r to his name – Irfan – simply because he liked the sound.