14 of Irrfan’s international films that prove he was truly India’s gift to the world of cinema


Irrfan Khan was a beloved man in India as well as around the world. The actor was one of the first to become a Hollywood success story. It had a global impact, something very few actors were able to achieve and made India proud.

Of Pi’s life To Slumdog Millionaire, here are all of his international films that we will remember:

1. A mighty heart

Screened at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival, this film starred Angelina Jolie in the lead role where she played journalist Mariana Pearl who was kidnapped in Karachi. Irrfan has made a huge impact as the Chief of Police in Karachi.

Source: IMDb

2. The life of Pi

This Golden Globe and Oscar nominated film had the actor playing the role of Pi as an adult. This film was a worldwide success and one of Irrfan’s most beloved performances.

Pi's life
Source: Reflections on the screen

3. The namesake

Based on the novel of the same name by Jhumpa Lahiri, Namesake played the actor alongside Tabu, Kal Penn and Sahira Nair.

Namesake
Source: the distracted globe

4. New York, I love you

This American rom-com anthology had 11 short stories. The actor starred alongside Natalie Portman in the story directed by Mira Nair.

New York, I love you
Source: Toronto Star

5. Whistling

This adventure horror film directed by Jennifer Chambers Lynch starred Mallika Sherawat in the lead role with Irrfan Khan as Inspector Vikram Gupta.

Whistling
Source: Oye India

6. Slumdog millionaire

This Oscar-winning film directed by Danny Boyle was an international success and Irrfan played the role of a police officer.

Slumdog Millionaire
Source: Sky News

7. The Amazing Spider-Man

Irrfan Khan played the role of Rajit Ratha in this superhero movie. And although his role was small and he wasn’t ready to take it on at first, his sons convinced him to be part of the franchise.

The Amazing Spider-Man
Source: Tribune

8. The song of the scorpions

A Swiss-Franco-Singaporean Hindi film, The song of the scorpions stars Golshifteh Farahan in the lead role as a tribal woman who learns the art of healing and Irrfan Khan as a camel leader who falls in love with her.

The song of the scorpions
Source: program

9. Jurassic World

Irrfan Khan played the role of Simon Masrani, the owner of Jurassic World in this fourth installment of the Jurassic Park film series which also starred Chris Pratt and Nick Robinson.

Jurassic World
Source: Variety

10. puzzle

This film about a stay-at-home mom competing in a puzzle-solving competition premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. It starred Irrfan Khan as Robert, the puzzle partner and the interest in love with the main character.

Puzzle
Source: Roger elbert

11. Hell

This third and final installment in the Robert Langdon film series stars Tom Hanks in the lead role with Irrfan Khan playing the role of Harry Sims, the leader of the Consortium.

Hell
Source: DNA

12. Tokyo trial

Irrfan Khan played the role of Radhabinod Pal in this four-part historical drama Japanese miniseries featuring the International Military Tribunal for the Far East. This web series, now on Netflix, marked the actor’s digital debut.

Tokyo trial
Source: The quintet

13. The warrior

This British Hindi-language film starred Irrfan Khan as Lafcadia, a warrior from Rajasthan who wants to give up his sword and strive for a life of peace.

The warrior
Source: DSSC

14. Darjeeling Limited

Irrfan Khan appeared in this American comedy film directed by Wes Anderson with Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody and Jason Schwartzman. The film revolved around the three brothers who decide to meet in India after their father’s funeral.

Darjeeling Limited
Source: Rediff

Truly one of the best actors we’ve ever had.


Darcy J. Skinner

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