Irrfan Khan – The many faced screen God
Versatility is feat that comes naturally to Irrfan Khan. Undoubtedly one of the most talented actors of the current generation, Irrfan is known for his spectacular choice of roles. The National award-winning actor’s character portrayals have all stood out, not just with his impeccable acting but with the unique looks adapted for each role. The perfectionist that he is, Irrfan inculcates the minuscule details of each role making the character his own.
We take a look at his on screen transformation across roles over the years.
A simple but beautifully shot film where Irrfan Khan plays the role of Lafcadia, a warrior in antiquated Rajasthan who attempts to give up his sword. In the movie, Irrfan sports long hair, has a dust-stuck face and looks every bit the warrior.
Paan Singh Tomar
The biopic had Irrfan playing the role of an athlete turned bandit. While the first half of the film has Khan as lean as a real athlete, the second half sees a dramatic transformation when he picks up arms and turns into a bandit. The ease with which he transforms his body language is commendable.
Irrfan Khan plays the role of a Bengali gentleman in this acclaimed film. He plays a first generation immigrant from Bengal to the USA and captured all the hope and heartache that goes with that upheaval. With his curly hair and spectacles, he seamlessly embodies the character of a first generation immigrant from Bengal now settled in the USA. His fluent Bengali took the authenticity of the character a notch higher.
Saat Khoon Maaf
As the poet Wasiullah Khan in Saat Khoon Maaf, Irrfan impressed the audience with his flowy dialogue delivery and attire synonymous with that of poets. With his long hair, Pathani and shawl look, he looked every bit the romantic poet.
Piku has Irrfan in a refreshing and casual avatar, a welcome difference from his stark appearances in other films. As the owner of taxi business, the actor plays an urban guy next door kind of role which he pulls off with ease.
Irrfan Khan as Simon Masrani in Jurassic World was all about luxury and suave. Though he plays a slightly older character, he carries off the salt and pepper look with elan. His designer suits and charming demeanor won us over.
He essayed the role of the right hand of Mumbai’s biggest mafia in Maqbool. Playing the title role, Irrfan did complete justice to this version of ‘Macbeth’ and his simple and no-nonsense look perfectly complimented his impeccable acting skills in the movie.
As Saajan Fernandes in the unusual romance drama, The Lunchbox, Irrfan Khan won hearts for his portrayal of a lonely senior citizen on the verge of retirement. Once again he carried the salt and pepper look with aplomb. His understated performance sprinkled with warm moments struck a chord with every viewer, making it one of his most memorable roles.
Qissa was against the 1947 partition backdrop, where Irrfan played the role of Umber Singh. Khan effortlessly played the stubborn Punjabi man who wants his son to carry his legacy ahead. He made the turban and beard his own and looked flawless as a Sikh man.
Irrfan Khan’s most recent release grabbed attention for his dramatic physical transformation. The actor plays a average joe whose life takes an unfortunate turn owing to the death of his son. His portrayal of a distraught father, fighting against the system, is moving and reiterates his brilliance as an actor who can stand out even in an otherwise mediocre film.
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