In 2020, we lost Irrfan Khan who was a stupendous actor. He not only made a mark in Indian films but also amazed us with his wonderful acting in Hollywood and British movies. As we are still coming to terms with this loss we take solace by remembering some of his incredible performances that etched a special place in our hearts. The late actor had once said, “The day I become conventional, something inside me will die.” Surely, he still lives through his movies.
Irrfan Khan is survived by his wife, Sutapa Sikdar and sons, Babil and Ayaan. He lost his battle with Neuro Endocrine Tumor. An extraordinary actor with an ordinary face, Irrfan was born in Jaipur in a very humble background. Irrfan Khan learnt acting in the National School of Drama (NSD). This institute is known for giving many other film veterans to the Indian film industry.
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Here are a few of Irrfan khan thought-provoking movies with unconventional performances:
The Lunchbox (2013)
IMDB Rating: 7.8
A middle-aged love that blossoms between two people who aren’t seeking one. But seeking a companionship that is missing in their own lives. In this, Irrfan khan starrer thought-provoking movie, he played the role of an ageing man who is about to retire. While playing this role, he beautifully depicted the layers of loneliness his character is battling with and how a small touch of selfless care gives way to love. A feeling that isn’t there for bodily requirements but simply for companionship. He was nominated in BAFTA awards for his performance and was awarded as the Best Actor in Asian Film Awards.
Life of Pi (2012)
IMDB Rating: 7.9
Based on the best selling novel of Yann Martel of the same name, this film is sure to be on Irrfan khan thought-provoking movies list. He played the role of adult Pi Patel in the film who narrates his life’s story to a writer. His baritone voice and impactful acting were instrumental for the film’s commercial and critical success.
Paan Singh Tomar (2012)
IMDB Rating: 8.2
In this biographical film based on a true story of a dacoit turning into a world-famous athlete from India, Irrfan played the title role. An unconventional role needed the best of what he had, so certainly this film qualifies for the list of unconventional Irrfan Khan movies. His acting performance in the film is so convincing that one actually forgets that he wasn’t the actual Paan Singh Tomar. For this film, he won National Award from Indian government.
IMDB Rating: 8.2
It is undoubtedly one of the most intriguing unconventional Irrfan Khan movies. The film is based on Aarushi Talwar double Murder Case that happened in Noida, India. In this Irrfan played the lead role of investigating officer. His acting in the movie was crisp and added a lot of value to the film.
Hindi Medium (2017) & Angrezi Medium (2020)
IMDB Rating: 7.8 & 7.3 respectively
Certainly, these two movies which can also be said as sequels were beautiful thought-provoking movies done by Irrfan Khan. The first one, Hindi Medium, discusses the divide in the education system of India and the aspirations of parents for getting a child admitted to a “good” school. While the second one is Angrezi Medium, the film’s story delves into a girl’s aspiration to go abroad for higher education. In both these films, Irrfan played the role of a doting father who tries his best to get the best education for his child. Both the films had tough topics to highlight but it was done in a light manner. Angrezi Medium was Irrfan Khan’s last film which he completed while he was in a recovery mode and later succumbed.
Irrfan Khan once said, “Wanting fame is a disease, and one day I will want to be free from this disease, from this desire. Where fame doesn’t matter. Where just experiencing life and being okay with it is enough.” Truly we must appreciate the gift of life. In his entire career, Irrfan Khan played several unconventional roles in his movies. All we can say at the end of it all is that Irrfan Khan will continue to be missed. He was genuinely an extraordinary actor.