Remembering The Legend : Top 5 Memorable Characters Of Irrfan Khan

Irrfan Khan: 5 Memorable Characters

On 29 April 2020, Irrfan Khan, one of the greatest actors globally passed away. His performance used to be so impactful and relatable, which gained him audiences across India and beyond. His work is still celebrated and remembered as a testament to his amazing talent and dedication to his craft.

Remembering The Legend : Top 5 Memorable Charachters Of Irrfan Khan

Remembering The Legend : Top 5 Memorable Charachters Of Irrfan Khan

His range of both major and minor roles has resulted in one of the most impressive and diverse bodies of work in Indian cinema. The roles that he played had their own unique personality, quirks, and struggles, which demonstrated the versatility of Irrfan as an actor. From his powerful performance as a father searching for his missing daughter in The Namesake to his hilarious turn as a wedding planner in Monsoon Wedding, his work has left an indelible mark on Indian cinema. His contribution to the film industry is inestimable, and he will be remembered as one of the greatest actors of his generation.

Maqbool (2004)
Irrfan Khan gave a phenomenal performance as Maqbool, the right-hand man of don, Abbaji (played by Pankaj Kapur). Maqbool and don’s wife, Nimmi (played by Tabu) are in love. Loyalty and desire shred Maqbool as he struggles with choices and guilt. Despite the immorality of his character, the way Irrfan played the role makes us feel care for him. This is an amazing portrait of ambition, desire and hopelessness.

Namesake (2006)
Ashoke, who has moved to America to make a world for himself and his family. He left India to embrace America as his new home. Even after years of working and having a successful career, Ashoke is treated as an outsider. Despite being a considerate father and loving husband, there is loneliness in man.

Paan Singh Tomar (2012)
Tomar, an army man became an athlete because they get more food to eat. He had a successful run as an athlete, but the situation turned around in such a way that Tomar is forced to become a dacoit. Irrfan played the character so gracefully that viewers were able to focus on the flawed system that can degrade the best talents of the country.

The Lunchbox (2013)
Saajan is a widower and about to retire. He is an ordinary man, living an ordinary life, until one day, there is a mix-up in his lunchbox. By mistake, he receives a tiffin made by Ila (played by Nimrat Kaur), which was supposed to be delivered to her husband. What follows is a heartwarming friendship through the exchange of notes. Saajan, played by Irrfan is an optimistic person who thinks that nothing in this world is as bad as it seems. It’s our perspective that comes as we explore life and have new experiences.

Talvar (2015)
Joint Director of the Central Department of Investigation, Ashwin Kumar (played by Irrfan) is appointed to investigate the murder of a 14 years old girl. Her parents are the prime suspect but Kumar thinks that they are innocent. Due to the lack of skill and professionalism of subordinates, Kumar takes matters in his own hands to solve the case. He is on the verge of disclosing the truth when a new senior officer is appointed. It’s through Irrfan’s character that the audience sees the flawed system and how justice is denied due to molded public perception.

The list of Irrfan Khan’s best roles is definitely bigger than the mentioned five movies. One of the greatest artists who left us too soon. In a 30 years span of a career, he honed the craft so well that now we can only wonder what more he could have possibly contributed to Indian and global cinema.

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