Sahabzade Irrfan Ali Khan, better known as Irrfan Khan and later as Irrfan is an Indian actor who appears in Bollywood and Hollywood films, and occasionally on television and in theatre. In India, Khan gained the reputation of a skilled actor from his roles in Bollywood movies such as The Warrior, Maqbool, Haasil, Paan Singh Tomar and Rog. He also hosted the TV show Mano Ya Na Mano and appeared in popular Vodafone commercials.
Irrfan Khan was born in Jaipur, to a Muslim family. Khan's mother was from the Tonk Hakim family, and his father, the late Jagirdar, was from the Khajuriya village near the Tonk district. Khan was studying for his MA degree, when he earned a scholarship to study at the National School of Drama (NSD) in New Delhi in 1984.
Khan has won three Filmfare Awards, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and an Independent Spirit Award nomination. In 2011, he became a recipient of the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award in India.
In 2012, Khan appeared in the lead role in Paan Singh Tomar, a biopic about an athlete-turned dacoit. Both, the movie and Khan's performance, received critical acclaim. He has appeared in more than 30 films in Bollywood.
Khan's English-language mainstream work includes character roles in movies like The Namesake, New York, I Love You, A Mighty Heart, Slumdog Millionaire, The Amazing Spider-Man, and Life of Pi. He also appeared in the HBO series In Treatment.
In his latest Bollywood release, Tigmanshu Dhulia's Saheb, Biwi aur Gansgter Returns, Khan plays Raja Bhaiya, a gangster descended from a fallen royal family.