Irrfan Khan was well known for his versatile performance not just in Hindi cinema but across British films (Hollywood) also. His first film was Salaam Bombay (1988). Which was also nominated for Academy Award. He won the Filmfare Award for Best Villain. Life in a… Metro (2007) was a turning point in Irrfan’s career.

He got several awards for this movie including Filmfare for the best-supporting actor.  Hindi Medium (2017), concluded as one of the best Bollywood movies. It was also released in China. This movie earned praise for his performance. Winning several awards including the Filmfare Award for Best Actor.  Irrfan Khan, always remembered for his versatile performance across the different mediums. He was one of the finest and strongest actors in Indian cinema.

A magician on the big screen.  He is and will be an inspiration to many. Khan was a legend who changed the wave of the Indian film industry. He touched the heart and emotions through the characters he played. Here are some of the Irrfan Khan movies where he has delivered exceptional performance-


Best Irrfan Khan Movies of All Time

Angrezi Medium (2020)

Angrezi Medium (2020)

The central theme of the movie is a beautiful father-daughter relationship. The film portrays many shades of children’s changing relationship with their mother-father. It’s a story of Champak Bansal (Irrfan), who is a small-town businessman. Whose Ghasitaram sweets shop is quite famous. He is a widower.  His whole life revolves around her daughter Tarika (Radhika Madan). From childhood, Tarika dreams of going to London to study.  The day comes when Tarika gets an opportunity to go to London for further studies. Champak walks with Tarika to make her dreams a reality. But after reaching London, the situation becomes something that Champak and Gopi had not even thought about. This is one of the latest masterpieces added to the Irrfan Khan movies.

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Puzzle (2018)

Puzzle (2018)

this is the story of a woman. She is having a unique talent that she can assemble jigsaw puzzles. She moves away from suburban town to New York City, where she met with a man who is her partner for a puzzle tournament in Atlantic City. After that, she experiences independence for the first time. Then, she realizes her value and the pieces of her own life in a whole new light.

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Blackmail (2018)


Blackmail is the story of a regular middle-class man Dev Kaushal (played by Irrfan). Who finds his wife, Reena, in bed with another man. but he did not attack or confront his wife or that man. However, he thinks of making some money.

So he starts blackmailing his wife’s lover. To pay him off, Ranjeet extracts money from his rich alcoholic wife, Dolly. Later the movie turns into a game of charades with everyone blackmailing each other about the so-called clandestine affair. Irrfan as Dev delivers an earnest performance and is a delight to watch. His raw, tense look is attractive.

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Karwaan (2018)

Karwaan (2018)

Karwaan, a movie revolving around the life of an IT Professional Avinash(Dulquer Salmaan). His goofy friend, and garage owner Shaukat (Irrfan Khan) and a rebellious teenage girl Tanya(Mithila Palkar). 
This movie is all about the small events which are happening in the life of four.  You can say this is a Slice-of-life movie.  This is one of the Irrfan Khan movies which is not heavy on plot, but a clever screenplay can make things up.


Hindi Medium (2017)

Hindi Medium

This movie starring Irrfan khan. ‘Hindi Medium‘  is all about a couple’s struggle. They struggle to get their daughter into an English medium school. They feel that English is not a language, it is a class if their daughter will not be a part of that class she might get ignored by society and get depressed. It is a well-known reflection of reality.

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This movie discloses the hypocrisy of half baked modern mentality.  The movie has made people question themselves… Are we civilized enough to be existing in this 21st century?  The dialogues are powerful and attractive. The movie has captured the unnecessary aspirations of a society with a deep color of sarcasm.

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Qarib Qarib Single (2017)

Qarib Qarib Singlle (2017)

It is the love story of people, who are getting over their love stories. And trying to fall in love again. From the first moment Yogi and Jaya meet, the territoriality of Jaya is constantly challenged by pushy overtures of Yogi.

It is not so much the stolen glances and furtive smiles but these moments where Yogi keeps moving into space, Jaya has been guarding for so long. As a refreshing twist, in this travel romance, the guy is the chirpy motormouth and the girl is the reserved, brooding type. Qarib Qarib Single is one of the most mature love stories.

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The Song of Scorpions (2017)

The Song of Scorpions (2017)

Its a story of a girl who lived in Jaisalmer Rajasthan. There is a myth according to the movie that if a scorpion bite then within 24 hours a person can die. But only in one condition, he can survive. If he listens to a scorpion song. So that girl takes lessons from a scorpion song from her grandmother. And during practice, she gets a proposal of marriage.  Due to some reason after marriage her voice changes.

Inferno (2016)


Professor Langdon wakes in a hospital in uncertain conditions. He does not remember the previous two days of his life. A mysterious woman tries to shoot him. and he escapes with Dr Sienna Brooks.  Series of clues leads him to realize that a dead billionaire genius had planned to unleash a deadly virus to kill half the human race.

He believes that the planet is overpopulated.  Strong measures are needed to prevent mass extinction. Langdon and Brooks are on their path to stop this virus as several obstacles and shocks await them. The movie ends with an excellent message. This is an amazing international treat in the list of Irrfan Khan movies.

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Madaari (2016)


It is a story about a mysterious man with a tragic past. He lost his son which is the only family he has, due to the negligence and corruption of the government. Seeks revenge, therefore, he kidnaps the 10-year old son of Home Minister Prashant Goswami from Dehradun. Forcing the administration to meet his demands. The minister immediately appoints CBI officer Nachiket to investigate the case. The story of the movie is above expectations.

Piku (2015)



Piku is not a movie, it is a feeling. Piku is a story of three people. It is the story of a father, Bhashkor, who has problems with constipation. He feels it is so chronic that his view of life is through the lens and how it affects his bowel movements.

If you watch the movie, silently you start feeling it and somehow could imagine and relate every bit of the movie. The nativity, the scenery, the dialogues, the situations, and the relationship between daughter-dad duo and Deepika-Irrfan. Well executed with superb screenplay and music.

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Jurassic World (2015)

Jurassic World

Picking the dinosaurs from Isla Nublar and transferring them to mainland America. With the unethical intention of making a profit. The plan goes wrong and the creatures go loose creating havoc in a busy American city. kicking stuff, and scaring kids at sleep. It’s up to the two lead characters to save the day.

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Talvar (2015)

The film is based on a true incident that happened in 2008.  it was a murder case in Noida. a girl named  Aarushi Talwar was found murdered at her home when she was 14. The family’s missing 45-year-old servant Hemraj.

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He was initially sought for the murder until his dead body was discovered. In another part of the building on the following day. The police then suspected Aarushi’s parents, Rajesh and Nupur, for the murders. It was found that Aarush’s father Rajesh had murdered her. After finding her in an “objectionable” position with someone.

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 The Lunchbox (2013)

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Lunchbox’s story revolves around 2 characters. These two are unrelated lives that get connected by a strange stroke of luck. When the world-famous Mumbai Dabbawallas deliver the lunchbox. Intention for Ila’s husband to Saajan by mistake.

When she realizes that her Dabba was eaten by someone else. after that, She thought to write a small letter for thanking the stranger for giving her the short-lived happiness. They both daily exchange their feelings through these notes. And form a strange relationship. Lunchbox is one of the most critically acclaimed Irrfan Khan movies which you must watch.

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D-Day (2013)



Its an action thriller movie. The movie is all about  Intelligence officer Wali Khan and a team of highly-trained officers is set to catch Goldman from Pakistan, one of India’s most wanted terrorists. However, their mission is threatened by a minor miscalculation.

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Maqbool (2003)


Maqbool was the most important film of Irrfan Khan’s career. This film put him on the map and critics and the audience started to notice him. This movie was directed by Vishal Bhardwaj and this became the most impactful film of the year 2003


The Namesake (2006)

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Irrfan Khan has worked with some of the best directors in the world and has some of the best films under his name. Mira Nair directed The Namesake is a cult classic movie and among the best Irrfan Khan film, you must consider watching.


Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns (2013)

The story is based on the Royal Scandal, the war for power, and fights for money. Aditya Pratap Singh is disabled and is trying to recover from the physical disability and his wife’s betrayal. The lover cum seductress Madhavi Devi is now an MLA. Her relationship with Aditya may have broken to mess but her relation with alcohol is deep, dark.

There is a prince called  Indrajeet Singh who has lost everything except his pride. He pledges to get back his family’s respect which was once destroyed by Aditya’s ancestors. Ranjana is a modern ambitious girl who is madly in love with Indrajeet Singh. There is a twist in the story when Aditya falls in love with Ranjana.

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Life of Pi (2012)

Life of Pi (2012)

It is a good fantasy film. It’s about the life of a boy piscine Patel, who is finding life, love, spirituality, religion, family, etc. In the middle of his life one day he loses all his family and is alone with a tiger on a boat. On a journey of a lifetime where he finds the ultimate power of the universe. “ Richard parker ( tiger) and me ( PI) were both raised in the same zoo with the same master and now we are both orphaned to face our ultimate master together”.  Such beautiful lines by the author. After all, it’s a movie that neither makes you happy nor sad. It forces you to think about the existence of the world around you.


The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

The mother and father of peter parker rejected him. Then his aunt and uncle raised him. Teenager Peter Parker AKA Spider-man is trying to find out who he’s and precisely what his feelings are for his first weigh down, Gwen Stacy. When Peter finds a mysterious briefcase that was his father’s. He pursues a search to clear up his parents’ disappearance. His seek takes him to Oscorp and the lab of Dr. Curt Connors.

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Paan Singh Tomar (2010)

paan singh tomar

In the movie, Paan Singh Tomar was telling his story to a journalist. How he became a rebel. In the mid part of the movie, he told to the journalist that he shot down sarpanch. After that, the present scenario came.

Paan Singh told the journalist that “ Baaghi Paan Singh Hatiyara Nahi hai .“After that, the journalist went back to his agency.  He printed the conversation in the newspaper. After that in conclusion, police became more stringent and moved on a mission to catch Paan Singh Tomar

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Knock Out (2010)


Bachubhai, a businessman. He is held hostage at a phone booth by an unidentified shooter who threatens to kill him If he does not work as the shooter wants. The shooter also kills a man who disturbs Bachubhai. The shooter doesn’t allow him to hangs up the phone.


Billu (2009)

Billu 2009

There is a character named  Billu (Irrfan Khan) in the movie. He is a barber. Billu and Billu’s wife both are struggling to make meet a famous movie star, Sahir Khan (Shahrukh Khan). He comes to their village to make a film. Above all, Billu’s children also lie to their friends. They said that their father is a friend with the star, word travels and everyone wants to meet Billu’s famous childhood friend. Although the businessman of their village, Daamchand (Om Puri), demands to meet the star, and Billu fails to set up a meeting, the town turns against Billu.



New York (2009)

New york 2009


Its a story of three friends who lived in New York. One of them named Omar is a cab driver who has been set up by the FBI Because they want him to spy on an old friend of his, Samir (John Abraham),. Who they think is a terrorist? As Omar recounts his relationship with Samir, which began nine years prior. He reflects on his friendship with Samir’s now-wife, Maya (Katrina Kaif) and how their lives changed after 9/11. After Omar elects to become an FBI spy, he found that this isn’t the first time when government targets.



Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

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Its a story of an 18-year-old boy named Jamal Malik. Who wins the game show called “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,”. After that, in the movie, they show Flashbacks that how he got there. Things were changed after their mother dies. Jamal and his brother, Salim, survive on the streets of Mumbai. therefore, Salim finds the life of crime agreeable. Jamal still did small jobs until landing a spot on the game show. This is one of the Irrfan Khan movies which went on to win many awards and was critically acclaimed.



Life in a… Metro (2007)



Its a story of a girl named Shikha who lived in a metro city in the metro city. She is a talented dancer however, she has sacrificed her education for the sake of marriage and young daughter.  Now she finds herself in a burnt-out relationship.  Her husband’s attentions are drawn to a girl in his office. therefore, Shikha is attracted to a struggling theatre artist. After that, in conclusion, the fortunes of the characters ultimately link through a cunning Rahul who decides to rent out to couples having affairs. This is one of the Irrfan Khan movies where he won awards as well for his performance.


These were some of the best Irrfan Khan movies. Though the list is endless, these are the best of the best.



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