Irrfan Khan (Photo Credit: Instagram)
Irrfan Khan is undoubtedly one of the most talented actors that we have in the Indian Film industry. In a career spanning over three decades, Irrfan has taken up different kinds of roles and given a lot of memorable performances. The list of Irrfan's best performances and films is too long but one cannot forget his fabulous acts in films like Maqbool, Rog, Haasil, Life in a... Metro, The Namesake, Slumdog Millionaire, Paan Singh Tomar, Life of Pi, Piku, The Lunchbox, Hindi Medium to name a few.
In 2018, Irrfan Khan shared the unfortunate news that he is diagnosed with high-grade neuroendocrine cancer. The actor was undergoing treatment for the same in London. However, the actor is now back in Mumbai and busy shooting for his next film, Angrezi Medium. As the actor turns 53 today, we have listed a few lesser known facts about him:
1. He was born in the village of Tonk in Jaipur, in a well-off family with royal connections. He has two siblings and his father was a wealthy Zamindar who wanted his son to join the family tyre business.
2. The additional 'r' in Irrfan Khan's name is not because of some numerology. He himself did it because he liked the sound an extra 'R' gives to his name.
3. When Irrfan first arrived in Mumbai, he worked as an air-conditioner repairman. Reportedly, it is even said that one of the first houses he visited for the repairing services was that of legendary actor, Rajesh Khanna.
4. Well, this might come as a surprise for many but Hollywood actress Julia Roberts stopped outside the Kodak Theater (where the Oscars were being staged) to compliment Irrfan for his excellent performance in 'Slumdog Millionaire'.
5. Irrfan has been detained twice at Los Angeles Airport because his name is similar to a terror suspect.