Irrfan Khan received international praise much before he started his career in mainstream Bollywood films
New Delhi | Jagran Entertainment Desk: Much before the sheer brilliance of exceptionally talented Irrfan Khan hit the corridors of Bollywood industry, he had already garnered global recognition for his acting prowess in the Hollywood.
It all started in 1994, with critically-acclaimed filmmaker Mani Kaul’s Indo-German short film ‘The Cloud Door’, which while being declared ahead of that time due to its erotic display, opened to applause at Munich Film Festival and New York Film Festival respectively.
And then there was just struggle of acting progression powered by Khan’s incredible on-screen prowess – from that nutty-gritty letter writer in Mira Nair’s ‘Salaam Bombay’ (1988), to that slum-seasoned Police inspector in wildly successful ‘Slumdog Millionare’, the film which won eight Oscars in 2009. Irrfan Khan was an art-house power pack altogether who kept the honor of being an NSD (National School of Drama) graduate always at the forefront of his on-screen portrayal of vastly different characters.
Irrfan’s breakthrough came through rather an unexpected creative medium. His commercial debut in 2002-released ‘The Warrior’ directed by then a lesser-known British filmmaker Asif Kapadia, made way to prestigious San Sebastian Film Festival and won BAFTA award for best British film.
Then onward, Khan subsequently broke into Indian mainstream Cinema with ‘Haasil’ (2004) and ‘Maqbool’ (2004). Irrfan garnered global critical appreciation for his portrayal of Captain in Angelina Jolie starrer ‘A Mighty Heart’ (2007).
Later on, the fans witnessed him playing reliable standby characters in big-ticket Hollywood films – be it as Dr Rajit Ratha in ‘The Amazing Spider Man’ (2012), or businessman Simon Masrani in ‘Jurassic World’ (2015) or a Harry Sims in Tom Hanks starrer ‘Inferno’ (2016).
Khan’s parallel success in the International cinema by virtue of his NSD-groomed acting talent was exceptional in its truest sense. With the portrayal of elder Patel in ‘Life of Pie’ (2012) – the film which was nominated for eleven academy awards and won four -- Irrfan Khan had become nothing short of the flag bearer of Indian acting dynamism in the West.
Irrfan breathed last at Mumbai's Kokilaben hospital, after fighting a rare Colon Cancer. Survived by his wife Sutapa Sidkar and sons Babil and Ayan, he was laid to rest at Versova Cemetery on Wednesday afternoon at Mumbai’s Versova in the presence of his immediate family and friends.
Posted By: Talib Khan