5 Reasons We Will Always Love Irrfan Khan

Irrfan Khan once said “I want to entertain people, but with some substance”, and that is just what he did. Throughout his 35 years as an actor, he has won over the hardest of hearts. His sad demise brought to an end a legacy that reinvented the very meaning of being an actor and touched millions across the world. Let us remember him today, and all the reasons we adore this guy.

Here are 5 Reasons we absolutely adored Irrfan Khan

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1. His Effortless Acting

Irrfan Khan didn’t look like your everyday conventional Bollywood actor, and honestly he didn’t act like one too. He was never overly dramatic or underwhelming, he always got it just right. His acting was effortless, whether it was the fiery Paan Singh Tomar, the romantic in The Lunchbox or the internally conflicted Maqbool. He did justice to every line in the script. He once said, “People like to see my work, not my face”, and boy, did his work shine through.

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Irrfan Khan in The Lunchbox

2. His Versatality

“I’ve played many characters that have owned me and consumed me”
Although his portrayal of the ‘common, every day man’ is what we have loved him for, Irrfan was a jack of many roles. His characters have ranged from police inspectors (Slumdog Millionaire, New York) to criminals (Road to Ladakh), from being a father (Angrezi Medium) to a son (Maqbool), from being the anti-hero (Paan Singh Tomar) to being the romantic one (The Lunchbox) and so many more. He is the most versatile actor our industry has seen, and very few will ever be half as adaptable as him. 

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Irrfan Khan in Paan Singh Tomar

3. His funny bone

While he came off as mysterious and brooding, Irrfan Khan had a funny bone. He was witty and surprised us all with his comic timing and flair for humour. Remember AIB’s Dank Irrfan? Irrfan Khan as ‘Gormint Aunty’ is an image that will forever be embedded in our brains and we are grateful for it. Even his interview on Son of Abish, where he candidly spoke about his tryst with Tinder was downright hilarious. Irrfan was no stranger to comedy, and it made him all the more brilliant.

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“Bik gayi hai yeh Gormint”

4. his international presence

Long before Priyanka Chopra made ‘Bollywood in Hollywood’ a thing, it was Irrfan who pioneered the trend. Movies like “The Namesake”, “Slumdog Millionaire” made him an international personality. And how can we forget watching “The Amazing Spiderman” in theaters and being at a loss for words when Irrfan Khan came on screen and thinking he was SO cool for being in it. “Life of Pi” made him a household name globally, and rightfully so. He even starred in “Jurassic World” which is insane. 

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Khan in The Amazing Spiderman

5. his humility

Irrfan Khan radiated humility. Everyone who has had the privilege of interviewing him have praised him for it. He was down to earth and respectful of everyone, and that emanated in his performances. Every person who has worked for him and worked with him have vouched for this. Homi Adajania, director of Khan’s latest movie, Angrezi Medium, said working with Irrfan was an “extremely enriching experience and something I will cherish for the rest of my life“. 

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Irrfan and Homi on the sets of Angrezi Medium

Our list can go on and on, but these 5 reasons seemed the most endearing.

Irrfan Khan leaves behind a legacy of phenomenal performances, pure unadulterated talent and and endless abyss of critical acclaim. He will never be forgotten and his work will resonate through centuries to come. Irrfan, you gave us some of the best cinematic experiences of our lives and for that, we will be eternally grateful. 

Our thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and family, and frankly every other soul who was moved by his work. Rest In Peace Irrfan, we will always love you.

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