Irrfan Khan has won three Filmfare Awards, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and an Independent Spirit Award nomination. The actor is also the recipient of 2011 Padma Shri award, the fourth highest civilian award in India. He has garnered the National Film Award for Best Actor in the 60th National Film Awards 2012, for his performance in Paan Singh Tomar.

On the actors birthday we list his top 10 movies which established him as unmatched talent in Bollywood.


Helmed byVishal Bhardwaj, ‘Maqbool’ is an Indian adaptation of the play ‘Macbeth’ where Irrfan plays the titular role to perfection. The film starred Tabu opposite Irfan Khan.


Critics praised Irrfan's portrayal of a brash and fearless goon in ‘Haasil’. His performance earned him the Filmfare Best Villain Award. The film also stared Jimmy Shergil.

Life in a Metro

In 2007,Irrfan appeared in the box office hit ‘Life in a Metro’, for which he received a Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award. His chemistry with Konkana Sen Sharma in the film was much talked about and appreciated.

The Namesake

Irrfan effortlessly stepped into the shoes of the Bengali, practical, cool-headed Ashoke Ganguli, and pulled off US accent too. The chemistry between Irrfan and Tabu was subtle, powerful and engaging.


The most effective stories are the ones narrated simply. This is exactly what makes Irrfan’s titular role in ‘Billu’ so heart-warming. He delivers a performance that raises the bar for himself and makes us laugh and cry just as effortlessly.

Yeh Saali Zindagi

The crime-thriller unfolds as a narration by Irrfan, a gangster who works for the shady Saurabh Shukla but loses his heart to Chitrangada.

Paan Singh Tomar

Hailed as Irrfan’s best performance till date, he received several awards and nominations for his portrayal of real-life Rajput runner Paan Singh Tomar, including the National Film Award for Best Actor and Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor

Life of Pi

As the older self of Pi Patel, a boy who survived being lost at sea with a Bengal tiger, Irrfan’s role involved narrating the fantastical story to a writer. Irrfan was praised for his simplified portrayal of the complex character; a performance that balanced the details of truth and fiction well.

The Lunchbox

Sajjan (Irrfan) and Ila (Nimrat) haven’t met but helped by a twist of fate, they start sending each other little personal notes and soon these initially inhibited and later intimate notes become the highlight of their lonely existence. Irrfan, as a man who’s toughened himself because of unfortunate circumstances, is brilliant and charming.


Irrfan has a small but powerful cameo as Roohdaar, who comes as a torch-bearer for Haider. His performance, along with that of the rest of the film’s cast, has been widely praised.

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