A tribute to Irrfan Khan : 10 of his best films and where to watch them.
India in entirety was left in a state of shock on Wednesday when the news of actor Irrfan Khan breathing his last hit the marquee. The actor succumbed to a colon tumour, leaving behind many splendid works that will live on for ages.
Irrfan Khan’s demise came off with the shock value of a personal loss for many, owing to the fact that he was an extremely versatile actor who became a part of many memorable films, delivering performances in all shapes and sizes. Apart from his unique voice, Irrfan Khan is celebrated and enjoyed for his dialogue delivery, innate comic timing and the ability to pull off the smallest of roles with elan and steal the show.
Down below, is a list of worthy films featuring the actor which you can catch up with, on various OTT platforms.
Paan Singh Tomar – Netflix
Irrfan Khan stepped into the shoes of the real-life soldier Paan Singh Tomar in this intriguing tale of a man’s life that goes past various stages such as being a dacoit, a rebel, an athlete and a soldier. Directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia, this is the immediate pick by many when asked for the actor’s best performance.
The Lunchbox – Netflix
Ritesh Batra’s heartwarming story had Irrfan Khan essaying the role of a widower who developed a huge liking for home food. Irrfan’s performance in this film is a perfect example of minimalistic method acting, as he finds a way to deliver subtle expressions with ease.
Hindi Medium – Amazon Prime
Irrfan Khan stepped into his idea of ‘entertaining the audiences with substance’ in this hilarious and sensible family drama that brought about the idea of schooling your kids. The actor got a lot of space to bring forward his light-hearted side, which is mostly absent in his other films.
Piku – Sony Liv
Irrfan Khan’s performance in Piku is something that will be remembered for a long time. Alongside stalwarts such as Amitabh Bachchan and Deepika Padukone, the actor unveiled a heartwarming performance with great comic timing aiding him.
Talvar - Netflix
Meghna Gulzar’s memorable and shocking drama had Irrfan Khan playing the role of an investigator who cracks the case which has multiple dimensions. The actor expectedly delivered a sublime performance with his voice and perfect diction being a big plus here.
Maqbool – Amazon Prime
Irrfan Khan is one of the few lucky actors to feature in two of Shakespeare’s Indian adaptations – Maqbool (Macbeth) and Haider (Hamlet). In the former, the actor is found amidst various other solid talents of our times and still manages to make his mark.
Qarib Qarib Singlle - Netflix
Irrfan Khan’s free-flowing performance as a happy-go-lucky poet going back to visit his ex-girlfriends is definitely an interesting pick by the actor in his career. Alongside Mollywood’s Parvathy, the film offers a heartwarming tale that could lighten up your day a little more.
Life of Pi – YouTube
Even though he comes onto the screen only for a few minutes in total, Irrfan Khan’s scenes and dialogues from Life of Pi have become very special at this very moment. The actor gave in what the film required, and the rest is history.
Haider – Netflix
Irrfan Khan’s role in Haider may not be a big one, but his portrayal of the character Roohdaar had a lot of panache and style that he pulled off in his own way. A true fan of the actor will never forget his smashing entry in this film.
Angrezi Medium – Disney + Hotstar
A sequel to Hindi Medium, it saw Irrfan Khan churning out another splendid performance as the father who goes the long lengths to make his daughter’s dream of studying abroad come true. This is the actor’s final on-screen appearance and a good one at that.