Irrfan Khan’s most memorable international films

Besides working with the who’s who of the Hindi film industry, Irrfan’s talent and will to experiment led to several international projects as well. A Mighty Heart
Based on the kidnapping and beheading of journalist Daniel Pearl by British-Pakistani terrorist Omar Sheikh, A Mighty Heart was produced by Brad Pitt and featured Angelina Jolie as the slain scribe’s wife Mariane Pearl. Written by Suketu Mehta, their part focused on cultural exchange and traditions. The movie featured Kal Penn, Tabu and Irrfan in the lead roles. While his role as the adult version of Pi had limited screen time, it was Irrfan’s earnestness and sincerity as the diligent and resilient Pi that shone bright. Irrfan was lauded for his act as the Karachi Police Chief, Zeeshan Kazmi, while Jolie bagged multiple awards and nominations for her grounded performance. The segment directed by Mira Nair featured Irrfan and Natalie in the lead. © IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd


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The Namesake

This 2006 Mira Nair directorial was based on the book of the same name by Jhumpa Lahiri. The film also starred Suraj Sharma, Tabu and Adil Hussain in significant parts. Both Natalie and Irrfan, being able and versatile actors, managed to bring about a freshness to a somewhat stale concept. Here are some of his best international films. While the movie had a limited theatrical release, The Warrior ended up being screened at prestigious international film festivals. Irrfan aced his part of Ashoke Ganguli as he got everything right, from the body language to the accent. New York, I Love You
This 2008 film was an anthology movie consisting of multiple segments and featured a variety of stars including the likes of Natalie Portman, Bradley Cooper and Orlando Bloom among others. The movie boasted of a brilliant performance by Irrfan and stunning cinematography. Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines
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This British film by Asif Kapadia was Irrfan’s first project as the main lead. Also read | Irrfan Khan (1967-2020): An actor whose brilliance made everything better
Life of Pi
Irrfan played the titular role in this 2012 Oscar-nominated Ang Lee directorial. The movie dealt with the capturing of Daniel and how that was tackled by Pakistan’s security forces as well as US’ Diplomatic Security Service. Written by Anvita Singh
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Updated: April 29, 2020 9:06:04 pm

Irrfan Khan in a still from Ang Lee’s Life of Pi.