Irrfan Khan, the man who won our hearts with his stellar performances in films like Talvar, Jazbaa, Paan Singh Tomar, The Lunchbox and Maqbool among many others, celebrates his 49th birthday on Thursday.
He toppled the Khans of Bollywood with his latest Hollywood blockbuster, Jurassic World. Move over Rs 100 and 200 crore clubs, here’s Irrfan Khan, who has got over Rs 6000 crores for his latest film that is creating a massive storm at worldwide box offices...
Jurassic World, that stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard and Irrfan Khan in lead roles, has earned a whopping $1 billion (approximately Rs 6300 crore).
Shah Rukh Khan has five Rs 100 crore films to his credit (Ra.One, Chennai Express,Happy New Year, Don 2, Jab Tak Hai Jaan).
Aamir Khan has four (PK, Dhom 3, 3 Idiots, Ghajini) and Salman has seven films that crossed Rs 100-crore-mark (Jai Ho, Kick, Ready, Bodyguard, Ek Tha Tiger, Dabangg 2, Dabangg).
What Irrfan Khan brings to the table is far more than what the Khans do - sensible cinema, impressive acting prowess and a dapper look that surpasses the style of the three Khans put together. Shah Rukh Khan harps on a romantic image, Aamir Khan has his intellectual one to bank upon while Salman Khan encashes his populist style. Irrfan Khan, on the other hand, brings the realistic touch to every character he plays, clubbing charm with intellect and sensibility to tug at the audience's hearts even as he challenges their brains with intriguing stories that he selects for his cinematic journey.
Irrfan Khan’s performance back home was appreciated in Meghna Gulzar’s Talvar and Sanjay Gupta’s Jazbaa opposite Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in 2015.
Be it the baaghi Paan Singh Tomar or Miyan in Maqbool, Irrfan has always ensured his characters are realistic and explore human psyches.
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With his growing presence in Hollywood, the National Award-winning actor has also carved a niche for himself in Hollywood. Apart from Jurassic World, Irrfan was part of big Hollywood projects like The Slumdog Millionaire, The Amazing Spiderman and Life of Pi. He will next be seen along side Tom Hanks and Felicity Jones in Inferno , an adaptation of Dan Brown’s book by the same name.