Irrfan Khan, a method actor, predominantly plying his trade in Indian cinema is truly herculean amongst the Bollywood fraternity. His versatile and natural acting coupled with his flair in the voice makes such an intriguing view to watch.
Also known as Sahabzade Irrfan Khan is the recipient of Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian honor of India. He has earned National Film Award for Best Actor from Paan Singh Tomar alongside three Filmfare Awards for Paan Singh Tomar, Life in a Metro and Haasil.
It’s time we had a look back on his best films of the past and rank them accordingly in our list of top ten movies. Continuing the series ahead, we present you the top ten best movies of Irrfan Khan of all time.
10) New York (2009)
- A movie by Kabir Khan based on the plot of September 11 attacks and the aftermath issues faced by students and people of Asian descent.
- The movie featured John Abraham, Katrina Kaif and Neil Nitin Mukesh in the leads while Irrfan Khan played the role of a cop.
- The movie earned immense reviews for the whole of thecast and opened the door of Hollywood for Irrfan.
9) Yeh Saali Zindagi (2011)
- A romantic thriller movie with a cast of Irrfan Khan, Chitrangada Singh, Arunoday Singh and Aditi Rao Hydari, this one was a critically acclaimed movie.
- The movie revolves around Arun (played by Irrfan), a chartered accountant and his life events.
8) D-Day (2013)
- An Indian action thriller movie, this one was made on a fictional story base.
- The movie featured Arjun Rampal, Irrfan Khan, Rishi Kapoor, Shruti Hasan and Huma Qureshi in leads.
- The movie was an instant hit at the box office and earned immense plaudits for the story portrayal.
7) Life in a Metro (2007)
- An Indian drama film, this one revolved around the story of nine lives living in a metropolitan city.
- The movie had a wide assembled cast of Dharmendra, Irrfan Khan, Shilpa Shetty, Shiney Ahuja, Kay Kay Menon and more.
- The movie was a breath of fresh air in Bollywood and earned Irrfan Khan the Best Supporting Actor at the Filmfare awards.
6) Haasil (2003)
- A movie that has earned the status of thecult movie over the years, this one was directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia.
- The movie had Jimmy Shergill and Irrfan Khan along with Ashutosh Rana and Hirshita Bhatt as the supporting cast.
- The movie earned Irrfan Khan Filmfare Award for Best Actor in a Negative role.
5) Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
- A British drama film, this one was acclaimed throughout the world.
- The movie revolved around the story of Jamal Malik, an 18-year-old from the slums of Mumbai winning the game show, ‘Who wants to be a Millionaire?’ and his remembrance of the past.
- The movie was nominated for 10 segments and won 8 of them at the Academy Awards.
- Irrfan Khan essayed the role of a police inspector in the movie.
4) Talvar (2015)
- Talvar, a movie based on the plot of 2008 Noida double murder case was directed by Meghna Gulzar and written by Vishal Bhardwaj.
- The movie had Irrfan Khan, Konkona Sen Sharma in the leads.
- Irrfan Khan acted in the role of Ashwin Kumar, a crime investigation officer in the movie.
3) Life of Pi (2012)
- Life of Pi is an American survival drama film based on Yang Martel’s 2001 novel of the same name.
- The movie had an assembled cast of Irrfan Khan, Suraj Sharma, Rafe Spall in the leads.
- The movie was an international acclaimed one and an all-time hit on the box office charts.
- It won four awards at the 85th Academy Awards.
2) Paan Singh Tomar (2012)
- A movie that definitely needs to be ranked higher in the all-time Bollywood ratings.
- The movie earned immense critical acclaim and was one of the hits of the year.
- The movie earned Irrfan Khan National Awards for Best Actor and the movie itself as the Best Movie.
- The movie was a heart-provoking portrayal of the athlete Paan Singh Tomar.
1) Lunch Box (2013)
- The top of the pile belongs to Lunch Box, an Indian epistolary romantic film featuring Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur and Nawazuddin Siddique in the leads.
- The movie was screened at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival and won critics week viewer’s choice award.
- The movie was a box office success and retains warm affection on everyone’s heart.
Apart from the list, honorable mention does need to go to Maqbool, Billu Barber, Kasoor, Jazbaa and more. His long distinguished career has had him ply his trade in different arenas with utmost success.