Inspiring Journey of Irrfan Khan: From a struggling actor to a grand success.

Summer of 2017 saw release of a comedy drama film in India, on an unusual subject: Language educational policy. The film was “Hindi Medium” Another unusual thing about the film was it was a single starer film to cross 300 crore at box office and that star was “Irrfan Khan”. Story of Irrfan khan is very inspirational story from struggle to success.

Almost gave us his acting career during his 30’s after a struggling decade:

After starting his acting career in India in TV soaps, Irrfan khan struggled a lot for almost a decade. TV serials he acted during his challenging years are Chandrakanta, Chanakya, Bharat Ek Khoj. He also did a small role in a film Salaam Bombay which did not worked for him. Few of his movies like El Doctor Ki Maut and Such a Long Journey also failed to get viewers attention.

“I am not ready to fit into the mould of commercial cinema”

– Irrfan Khan

After challenging 15 years of struggle, he had two choices, give us the acting career or to persist and keep going. He went for the second option.  

The Turning point

Release of Maqbool in 2003 became game changer for Irrfan Khan. He went on to do few more films in following years. Release of Life in a Metro in 2007 was another turning point in his career. He continued to earn praise in more films like Aan, Men at work, Sunday, Krazzy 4. However he established him as a viable lead hero with film Paan Singh Tomar which cane in 2011 which was after 25 years of he started his acting career.

Leap to Hollywood

Leap to Hollywood

There was no looking back once he established himself. His never stopping attitude made him earning projects in Hollywood. He left his mark in Hollywood with films like The warrior, The Darjeeling Limited, Newyork I love you, The amazing Spiderman. Two of his films Slumdog Millionaire and Life of Pi went of to win Oscars.

“Our Bollywood stars who talk of being part of 100 crore films, I think I belong to the 1,000 crore club”.

– Irrfan Khan



Between 2004 to 2018, Irrfan khan earned 32 awards wins in his acting career and won nominations for 34 awards. His last film was Angrezi Medium which released Just before the Corona Lockdown. Irrfan Khan, widely considered to be one of the finest actors in the Hindi film industry, passed away on 29th April at the age of 53 leaving behind not only a big legacy of films but also success lessons for many of us.

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