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Irrfan Khan struggled with a financial crisis during his school life. Irrfan wanted to become a cricketer and was selected for C K Nayudu Tournament but had to back out owing to lack of funds.
He later developed an interest in acting while pursuing a Master in Arts degree in Jaipur and received a scholarship for Diploma in Dramatic Arts at National School of Drama, New Delhi.
After completing his diploma, he moved to Mumbai to pursue a full-time career in acting.
Parents: Jagirdar Khan (Father), Begum Khan (Mother)
Siblings: Salman Khan (Brother), Imran Khan (Brother), Rukhsana Begum (Sister)
Spouse: Sutapa Devendra Sikdar (m. 1995)
Children: Ayaan Khan (Son), Babil Khan (Son)
Irrfan Khan loves to read and play cricket in his free time. He was a cricketer before he started acting.
Girlfriend & Affairs
Irrfan Khan was pursuing a diploma course in acting at National School of Drama where he met Supata Sikdar for the first time. Sutapa was studying acting as well but was ambitious to become a scriptwriter.
The two became friends and during the three years of togetherness at National School of Drama, they fell in love with each other. The marriage was on cards but they were more inclined towards settling their career in their respective fields.
However, their ambitions never got in way of their love and after achieving recognition as an actor, Irrfan Khan decided to marry Sutapa in the year 1995. They had a simple court marriage in presence of close friends and relatives.
Debut to Super Stardom
After completing a diploma in dramatic arts, Irrfan Khan relocated to Mumbai to pursue a career in acting and appeared in numerous television series and shows.
Irrfan Khan was at the top of his television career when Mira Nair offered him a brief role in her movie Salaam Bombay!. However, his role was removed from the movie during the final editing.
In 1990, Irrfan Khan made his big screen acting debut with the movie Ek Doctor Ki Maut and appeared in many other critically acclaimed movies but failed to receive recognition.
He made an appearance in his first commercial movie Maqbool directed by Vishal Bhardwaj and his performance was praised in another Bollywood movie Rog. Irrfan won his First Filmfare Award for playing an antagonist in the movie Haasil.
Irrfan Khan gained his much-awaited recognition after portraying a character in Life in a… Metro, for which he received Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award. His performances in the movies like Slumdog Millionaire, New York, Paan Singh Tomar gave him one of the finest actors’ tag and gained him the opportunity to work in Hollywood movies as well.
Irrfan worked in the third season of American television drama In Treatment and played a brief role in The Amazing Spider-Man. He also played an adult version of the lead character in critically acclaimed Hollywood movie Life of Pi. His movie The Lunchbox won numerous awards at International film festivals like Cannes.
Irrfan Khan is considered one of the best actors India has ever produced and he has proved it multiple times with exceptional movie performances. He has made his mark in not just Bollywood but in the west as well.
Fees & Net Worth
Irrfan Khan is one of the few actors who work in a movie just for the sake of the script and therefore, he charges fees according to his roles.
However, Irrfan Khan charges a fee of 12-14 crore INR per movie in Bollywood. In an interview, Irrfan said that Hollywood producers pay four times greater remuneration for the same amount of work than in Bollywood.
Apart from working in Bollywood and Hollywood film industries, Irrfan Khan endorses numerous brands and appears in television series as well. Irrfan has a net worth of 350 crore INR (approx)
Irrfan Khan loves to live a simple life with his family and he is not a fan of showing off his assets. Irrfan owns some of the most luxurious cars like Audi A8, Maserati Quattroporte, Toyota Celica but he loves his BMW 5-Series for his daily commute.
1- Irrfan Khan stirred a major controversy when he questioned Islamic rituals and claimed that people have forgotten the real meaning behind Muslim festivals. Muslim clerics slammed him for making such comments about his own religion and asked him to keep his mouth shut for the betterment of his acting career.
2- Irrfan Khan attracted controversy when he opened up on casting couch in the acting industry and claimed that he had been asked to sleep with male and female directors to get work but he denied. He also said that such incidents were happening to both the genders but women faced it more.
3- Irrfan Khan has been detained twice at Los Angeles airport because of his Muslim name resembling terror suspect.
Irrfan Khan is very determined for his work and he often rejects major work projects for his past commitments. He has supposedly rejected Hollywood offers for movies like Interstellar and The Martian. Irrfan is also a family man and one of very few actors who hasn’t been linked with his costars.
Irrfan Khan started smoking during his first play and he said that he wanted to quit smoking but failed every time.
1- Irrfan Khan won his first Filmfare Award for Best Actor in a Negative Role and Best Performance in a Negative Role for his performance in the movie Haasil.
2- Irrfan won Best Supporting Actor awards at International Indian Film Academy Awards and Filmfare Awards for his performance in the movie Life in a… Metro.
3- He also won Best Comedian Award for his movie Life in a… Metro at Screen Awards.
4- Irrfan Khan became a recipient of Padma Shri, fourth highest Indian civilian award, from the Government of India for his contribution in the entertainment industry in the year 2011.
5- Irrfan won National Film Award for Best Actor, Best Actor at Screen Awards and Filmfare Best Actor (Critics) Award for his movie Paan Singh Tomar.
6- His performance in the movie The Lunchbox won him Best Actor awards at Asian Film Awards and Dubai International Film Awards, and Outstanding Achievement Award at Asia-Pacific Film Festival.
7- Irrfan won Best Actor (Jury’s Choice)-Male Award for his performance in the movie Talvar at Star Screen Awards.
8- He won Best Actor Award at Indian Film Festival of Melbourne for his movie Pink.
9- Irrfan Khan won Best Actor awards for his movie Hindi Medium at Filmfare Awards, Screen Awards and International Indian Film Academy Awards.