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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 7 January 1967Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
Birth NameSahabzade Irrfan Ali Khan
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Irfan Khan was born in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India, to Begum and Jagirdar Khan, who ran a tyre business. He was studying for his M.A. degree when he snagged a fellowship at (NSD) National School of Drama in 1984. After graduating in 1987, he moved to Mumbai. Theater and television kept him afloat till he appeared in a small role in Mira Nair's in "Salaam Bombay" since Khan was responsible for the acting-workshops for the children of the film. He continued to dabble in television making impacts on various soaps and tele-historicals series. To break away from television Irfan featured in few main stream movies but none of them were a box-office success. But things changed when London based director Asif Kapadia gave him the lead in "The Warrior". An historical film completed in 11 weeks on the locals in Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan. "The Warrior" stormed in international film festivals making Irfan Khan a noticed actor. His first Bollywood main lead role came in the movie "Rog". He is married to writer Sutapa Sikdar who's also a NSD graduate and they have a son named Babil.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: The Old Fox {by_oldfox@yahoo.com}

Spouse (1)

Sutapa Sikdar (23-February 1995 - present ) (1 child)

Trivia (19)

The first Bollywood actor to star in two films that won the Academy Award for Best Director (Slumdog Millionaire (2008) and Life of Pi (2012)). Both films also won the Academy Award for Best Cinematography and Best Original Score.
In two completely unconnected movies, Irrfan Khan speaks of 'Richard Parker': the tiger in Life of Pi (2012) and Spiderman's dad in The Amazing Spider-Man (2012).
Was signed for the film "Tezaab - Acid of Love" but opted out.
Was signed for Deepa Mehta's Midnight Children, but was replaced by Ronit Roy.
Had signed a film titled " Fanne Khan" directed by Shivam Nair. He was later replaced by Randeep Hooda . Kunal Khemu' s name was also being talked about as being the lead. The film was announced in 2012 and was shelved in 2014.
Was signed for the lead role in Mira Nair's The Reluctant Fundamentalist. He later opted out as he did not want to play a terrorist.
Starred in Tigmanshu Dhulia's shelved 2006 period drama " Ghulaami". Co starring Sunny Deol and Sameera Reddy.
Starred in Tigmanshu Dhulia's shelved 2004 film "The Killing of a Porn Filmaker". Co starring Konkana Sen Sharma. In the film Irrfan plays a porn film maker who finds out he was Adolf Hitler in his last life time. To pay for his sins of his last life time, he starts to do charity work. He is killed by a Jew in the end of the film.
Starred in the shelved film 1998 "Kanoon Ki Zanjeer". Directed by Dilip Gautam and Baal Nave. Co starring Chandrashekhar, Seema Kashyap, Laxmi Chhaya, Asha Sharma, Avtar Gill, Junior Mehmood, Kiran Kumar, Bharat Kapoor, Ram Sethi, Rakesh Bedi. Music by : Mewalal Sharma and Anmol.
Starred in Anil Sharma's 2004 shelved production " Phaansi". Directed by Chandrakant Barve. Co starring Sunil Shetty (as a Punjabi sardar), Rahul Dev, Deepti Bhatnagar.
He was signed for an important role in Anurag Kashyap's "Black Friday" but opted out.
Starred in director Navneet Baj Saini's 2007 shelved film " Teersri Manzil". Co starring Lucky Ali, Ranveer Shorey, Deepal Shaw, Nausheen Ali Sardar.
Starred in Jaya Pradha's 2006 shelved home production. Directed by Kitu Gosh. Co starring Jaya Pradha, Priyanshu Chatterjee, Sandhya Mridul. It was a suspense thriller.
Starred in Anjan Das shelved film "Faltu". Co starring Shilpa Shetty, Yash, Manjari, Tinnu Anand,Anjan Srivastav. Produced by Planline Life. The film was based on the partition. This was 2004.
Was signed for the film "Gangor" aka (Choli Ke Peeche) but was replaced by Adil Hussein.
Starred in Mahesh Bhatt's 2004 shelved production based on Abdul Karim Telgi. Directed by Pooja Bhatt.
Starred in Sudhir Mishra's shelved film" The Nawab The Nautch Girl and The John Company" co starring Saif Ali Khan, Chitrangada Singh. It was a.period film based in 1857. Sudhir initially wanted Anil Kapoor in the film. This was in 2003.
Wife Sutapa is a dialogue writer in films.
Had gone to see the shooting of Ganga Ke Saugandh and Jal Mahal as a child. Both films were shot in his home town.

Personal Quotes (2)

I often visualized giving my mother this big black suitcase crammed with notes like those gangsters do in our masala flicks.
We're yet to make inroads into the West and the way Chinese cinema is made. I mean, long before Ang Lee's 'Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon', Bruce Lee had made an impact on the Western audience with his 'Enter The Dragon'. Indian cinema is yet to make that kind of impact. But we're getting there.

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