He started out as a critical darling, known for being part of intelligent, artistic films, but has now evolved into a full-blown moviestar, capable of drawing a wide audience to watch those same intelligent films in the theaters. We’re talking about none other than Irrfan Khan, who has become the champion for parallel cinema in modern times, commanding a substantial fan-following in among both the classes and masses. So, what has changed for someone like Irrfan to have found stardom post the age of 40?
Well, for starters, Irrfan has managed to be part of high-quality films packaged in a smart, commercial manner, which has enhanced his appeal to a broader audience. Having debuted in 1988 with Mira Nair’s Oscar-nominated Salaam Bombay, Irrfan spent the next decade and a half appearing in offbeat films that hardly gained any traction. It wasn’t until 2003 that he really came in to the limelight with Tigmanshu Dhulia’s Haasil, and not until two years later that he was being considered for leading-man roles courtesy Pooja Bhatt’s Rog.
More leading and strong villainous roles followed, but it took another Tigmanshu film, 2012’s Paan Singh Tomar to really make Irrfan a draw at the box-office, capable of carrying a film on his own. It’s rare for an actor to find stardom after a string of appearances in offbeat, extremely artsy films, and rarer still for one to become a star late in his/her career. But, Irrfan has broken all such stereotypes, and can now be called a box-office force to reckon with in his own right.
His exceptional acting dexterity was never in doubt, but becoming bona-fide leading man material is just the icing on the cake. Like Rishi Kapoor mentioned in his biography, Khullam Khulla, Irrfan, today, shares the same space and gets the same footage as other big stars, some who are years younger to him, at award functions and other events, and that’s genuine stardom. So, let’s take a look at Irrfan Khan’s biggest box-office hits over a storied career:
|Film||Year||Nett Collection (INR)||Verdict|
| Jurassic World
(India Collection Only)
|2015||110 crore||All-Time Blockbuster|
|Hindi Medium||2014||63 crore||Hit|
|New York||2009||46 crore||Hit|
|Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns||2013||22 crore||Hit|
| The Lunchbox
(India Collection Only)
|Paan Singh Tomar||2012||15 crore||Hit|
With Qarib Qarib Singlle releasing in a few days and other interesting films lined up in his kitty, we expect Irrfan Khan’s box-office numbers to grow exponentially.With Qarib Qarib Singlle releasing in a few days and other interesting films lined up in his kitty, we expect Irrfan Khan’s box-office numbers to grow exponentially.
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