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Irrfan Khan, the one actor of Bollywood, whom you just can’t hate, turned 50 today.

He has had an incredible journey in the movie industry. Irrfan Khan has been one actor who everytime came out of his comfort zone and did something new, something different.

He enthralls the audience with his brilliant acting in every movie.

Irrfan Khan’s judgement of script is something, which is known worldwide as, he is one of the internationally recognised actors, who said no when British director Christopher Nolan offered him a role in his film.

Khan has garnered the National Film Award for Best Actor in the 60th National Film Awards 2012, for his performance in Paan Singh Tomar. He has also won the 2014 Asian Film Award for Best Actor.

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He made his debut in Bollywood with acting in 1988 film Salaam Bombay!, which was directde by Mira Nair. The film was among the list of “The Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made” by the New York Times.

Here are some of the brilliant performances by Irrfan Khan over the years in Indian films:

The Warrior (2001)

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The Warrior was a film by British-Indian filmmaker Asif Kapadia. If nly Bollywood could pay more attention to movies like this history of Indian movies could be a lot more different. It was a simple yet beautiful film, where Irrfan played the role of Lafcadia, a warrior in antiquated Rajasthan who attempts to give up his sword. And, as usua he was brilliant.

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Maqbool (2003)

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Maqbool was one of the finest performances of Irrfan’s life, where he played the character of the right hand of Mumbai’s biggest mafia. It was directed by Vishal  Bhardwaj.

Life in a… Metro (2007)

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The chemistry between Irrfan Khan and Konkona Sen Sharma was the highlight of this movie, directed by Anurag Basu. It’s not everyday that Bollywood caters to such a realistic romance. Every conversation between these two characters was equally funny and meaningful.

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The Namesake (2007)

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Speaking Bengali fluently for a non-Bengali actor is definitely a daunting task. Irrfan Khan played the character of one Ashoke Ganguli , a first-generation immigrant from the East Indian state of West Bengal to the United States with utmost brilliance along with Tabu. He also shared screen with Kal Penn in this movie. Directed by Mira Nair it is one of the most pleasant films ever made.

Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

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Although Irrfan played a supporting character in Slumdog Millionaire, unlike other Indian and American actors Khan owned the screen every time he was seen. He played the part of a police officer in the movie directed by  Danny Boyle.

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