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7 Roles Only Irrfan Khan Could Have Pulled Off

Maqbool, Piku, Qareeb Qareeb Single, Hindi & English Medium, Haider, and many others. Over the years, he has given many notable performances and has earned himself millions of fans not just in India but around the globe. Irrfan Khan was one of the most talented and versatile actors of Bollywood.

His silent acting with his deep sad eyes, always left the fans captivated and mesmerized. Be it comedy or thriller, Irrfan always weaved magic on-screen with his performances, that left fans in awe of him.

While the actor has given many brilliant and amazing performances throughout his career, there have been a few roles that no one else could have pulled off the way Irrfan Khan did.

Here, in this article, we bring you 7 roles played by Irrfan Khan that no other actor could have pulled off. Have a look:

1. Mia Maqbool – Maqbool (2004):


Irrfan Khan played the role of Mia Maqbool in 2004’s crime-thriller movie Maqbool. Undeniably it is regarded as one of the best performances of Irrfan Khan’s glorious career. From his passion towards his boss’s mistress, the role played by Tabu, his reverence towards his boss role played by Pankaj Kapur, to the emotions of guilt and remorse, Irrfan Khan has perfectly showcased a gamut of emotions in this gem of a movie called ‘Maqbool’.


2. Pi – Life Of Pi (2012):

Well, you aren’t a true Irrfan Khan fan, if you haven’t watched ‘Life of a pie’. Besides a soul-stirring story and mesmerizing visuals, ‘Life Of Pie’ is known for one more thing, which is the miraculous storytelling by Irrfan Khan. His performance as an adult Pi will leave you captivated.


3. Saajan Fernandes – The Lunchbox (2013):

Irrfan Khan’s dedication towards Bollywood was beyond words. The actor rejected a prominent role in the Hollywood movie ‘Interstellar’ just to focus on ‘The Lunchbox’ and he did a commendable job as Saajan Fernandes in this movie. Irrfan Khan’s brilliant acting in this two and a half-hour film based on day to day complexities of life make it worth watching again and again. The way he has performed the character of Saajan Fernandes will leave you spellbound.


4. Rana Chaudhary – Piku (2015):

Agree or not, but this movie revolving around the character of Deepika Padukone as ‘Piku’ would have been incomplete without Irrfan Khan’s brilliant performance as an impatient yet resourceful businessman. Irrfan Khan plays the role of Rana Chaudhary in Piku, who brings a respite and stability to the protagonist’s life. Irrfan Khan’s magic on-screen can be noticed with the fact that you will start missing his presence on-screen in the movie as soon as he signs off from the film.


5. Paan Singh Tomar – Paan Singh Tomar (2012):

Irrfan Khan’s versatility can be seen with the way he molds himself into the character of Paan Singh Tomar, in this movie with the same title. In the movie he played the role of an athlete who later resorts to arms to exact revenge from the corrupt system and its structures. This movie is one such brilliant example of Irrfan Khan’s passion towards acting as he underwent not just physical transformation for the role of an athlete but entirely turned into the character.


6. Monty – Life In A Metro (2007):

A stellar cast of talented actors like Dharmendra, Kay Kay Menon, Sharman Joshi, Kangana Ranaut, Shilpa Shetty, Konkana Sen Sharma, among many others, yet it was the performance of Irrfan Khan in the movie that stood out. Irrfan Khan’s performance in the movie was lauded not just by the fans but the critics as well. He received three awards for his stellar performance in this movie.

In the movie, Irrfan plays the character of Monty, who is looking for his prospective bride through matrimonial sites. The last scene of Irrfan Khan in the movie where he can be seen chasing his love in the movie on a shining white-horse will stay etched in your mind.


7. Raj Batra in Hindi Medium (2017):

Another fine work of Irrfan Khan. In this movie, Irrfan has played the role of Raj Batra, who wants to enroll his daughter in a posh English-medium school, however, his poor social skills come in the way. From his epic comic timings to the perfect display of emotions, the way Irrfan Khan has played the role of Raj Batra in Hindi Medium is just beyond words.


Irrfan Khan’s legacy will live forever. May his soul rest in peace.

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