7 Films That Made Irrfan Khan Great

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Maqbool (2003) - Prime Video

Vishal Bhardwaj cast Irrfan as the gangster protagonist of his Macbeth adaptation, a role in which the actor was equally haunting and haunted.

The Namesake (2006) - Disney+ Hotstar

Irrfan played Ashoke Ganguly, the protagonist's patient father, a role he imbued with grace and honesty, the hallmarks of his character's stereotype, with a uniqueness that was entirely his own.

Paan Singh Tomar (2012) - Netflix

Irrfan headlined Tigmanshu Dhulia's biopic of the soldier-athlete who became a rebel in the ravines of Chambal, a role which won him a National Award.

The Lunchbox (2013) - Apple TV

In Ritesh Batra's film, Irrfan played with dignity and wisdom an ageing widower called Saajan Fernandes, who bonds over letters with a lonely homemaker whose husband's lunchbox always ends up in Saajan's hands.

Haider (2014) - Netflix

Irrfan cameoed as the mysterious Roohdaar in Vishal Bhardwaj's Hamlet adaptation: he turned the brief appearance into one of the film's most memorable elements with a brooding demeanour and tongue-in-cheek wit.

Piku (2015) - SonyLIV

As Rana, the reassuring, forthright owner of a taxi company who gets behind the wheel himself, Irrfan embodied the best of men with a glint in his eye and just enough grey.

Talvar (2015) - Disney+ Hotstar

In Meghna Gulzar's crime procedural, Irrfan played Ashvin Kumar, a weary detective whose methods flit between the smooth and the harsh.

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