11 Irrfan Khan Movies to Binge Watch to Mourn His Death

An actor known for his prolific contributions to the world of cinema, and his magnificent on and off screen presence, here are some of his best works to binge-watch this quarantine.

The news of Irrfan’s sudden demise (and today Rishi Kapoor’s), has left us all reeling. An actor extraordinaire is gone to soon. But they say the best to celebrate someone’s life is to relive their golden memories. In consonance with that, we bring to you a few of the top Irrfan Khan movies to binge watch this quarantine.

He wasn’t someone who told extravagant, out of the world stories. Irrfan played roles that you saw almost every day around you. In a man who eats his lunch alone to a man who struggles with the high-standard city life, to a man who works relentlessly to make his daughter’s dreams come true. His art is beyond words, and his stories beyond brilliance.

Why does the death of Irrfan Khan feel so personal? Everyone everywhere is gutted. His stories took their own time to settle in one’s heart. Certainly, his loss would too. But in the meanwhile, enjoy these Irrfan Khan movies to celebrate his existence.


DURATION: 2 hrs 2 mins
GENRE: Domestic fiction

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Mira Nair’s “The Namesake,” based on Jhumpa Lahiri’s novel, conveys a palpable sense of people as living, breathing creatures who are far more complex than their words might indicate.” -The New York Times.

In this beautiful adaptation of the famous novel ‘The Namesake’ by Jhumpa Lahiri, Mira Nair has brought up the fascinations and rituals of a daily life. Featuring two polite newly-weds, making close ties with other Indian immigrants, sprinkling curry powder on the Rice Krispies, moving to a split-level suburban house, sending the children to college. Subsequently, it captures the journey of two generations, of old cultures merging with the new. In addition to going through their regular round of Americanism, they find out that there’s a long journey of self-discovery still beckoning them, and somewhere connecting them to their roots.


DIRECTOR: Ritesh Batra
DURATION: 1 hr 50 mins
AVAILABLE ON: Youtube, Netflix

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The Lunchbox,” by Ritesh Batra, puts Old Hollywood style in a Mumbai that has escaped the cyber world.” -The New York Times.

The celluloid saw a simple story of a housewife and a widower come alive with innate, hidden and suppressed emotions. However, the most beautiful aspect is how the exchange of notes in the regular tiffin service curbed the melancholy of life for the protagonists in the story. It is way ahead of its time. In other words, the way the characters involve the audience in their quite routines to connecting them with their innermost insecurities, suppressed, neglected, far-fetched feelings is something to look forward to. This one can certainly be considered as one of the best works of Irrfan Khan.


DIRECTOR: Vishal Bharadwaj
DURATION: 2 hr 13 mins
AVAILABLE ON: Hotstar, Youtube

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In Maqbool, director-writer-composer Vishal Bharadwaj transposes Macbeth to the Mumbai mafia. Shakespeare is cloaked in guns, gangsters and street lingo. The result is a haunting operatic tragedy.” -India Today

Maqbool is a dark world which goes beyond the mechanics of the typical “mafia” movie. Abbaji (Pankaj Kapoor), an underworld don commands his empire with a iron hand and has as his trusted lieutenant Miyan Maqbool (an Irrfan Khan playing brilliantly on subtleties). The plot to assassinate the king is instigated by his queen (in this case, a mistress played by Tabu). Further, the duo have to learn to live as suspects – with suspicion among their own and as guilty partners in crime. Bharadwaj examines the complexities of love, lust, guilt and redemption. It is certainly one of the best Irrfan Khan movies.


DIRECTOR: Meghna Gulzaar
DURATION: 2 hr 13 mins
AVAILABLE ON: Hotstar, Youtube, Netflix

Meghna Gulzar’s film is a fictionalized account of a sensational true-life crime in India.
-The New York Times.

It is a story of an experienced investigator (Irrfan Khan) who squares up to several conflicting theories about the assassins of the real life Noida Double Murder Case of Arushi Talvar, where the parents were said to be the prime suspects of the murders. In addition, it revolves around the 14-year old girl, Shruti and the domestic help, Khempal who worked at her place. Therefore there is much in this film that reinvents the generic elements that constitute its narrative spine.


DIRECTOR: Homi Adajania
DURATION: 2 hr 30 mins

Irrfan Khan flits from the emotional to the ecstatic to the zany, creating endearing moments in concert with Deepak Dobriyal and Kiku Sharda.” -NDTV

This movie is a shout-out to the silent force that a father is in his child’s life. When his daughter decides to further her studies in London, a hardworking Rajasthani businessman does everything in power to make her dreams come true. Above all, Irrfan Khan was undergoing treatment for a near-fatal disease. So kudos to him for overcoming the odds and giving us another masterful performance.


DIRECTOR: Tigmanshu Dhulia
DURATION: 2 hr 40 mins
AVAILABLE ON: Netflix, YouTube

“The movie works because Irffan makes Paan Singh Tomar come alive as an athlete, as a husband and as a dacoit.” -Times of India

This story is a rather exquisite blend of drama, humor and tragedy; altogether eminently enjoyable good cinema.  A biopic on a former national champion athlete, it is a superbly crafted film that underlines the linkage of life, sports and society. Moreover, Irrfan Khan outshines as Paan Singh Tomar, further leading him to bag the National award for his performance in the film. Though the language of the movie is thick Chamabl dialect but Irrfan bridges that gap with a masterful display forcing you to laugh, cry and feel his pain.


DIRECTOR: Asif Kapadia
DURATION: 1 hr 26 mins
GENRE: Adventure, Drama

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The Warrior is a 2001 film by British filmmaker Asif Kapadia.At the BAFTA Awards it won the Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film.

In feudal India, a warrior (Khan) who abandons his role as the longtime enforcer to a local lord becomes the prey in a murderous hunt through the Himalayan mountains.


DIRECTOR: Danny Boyle
GENRE: Drama, Romance

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A terrific yarn, so engrossing and surprising that the nature of the story’s structure — each question asked corresponds with a traumatic or momentous moment from his childhood

Based on a novel by Vikas Swarup called Q and A, director Danny Boyle and British screenwriter Simon Beaufoy, made a movie around a Mumbai teenager reflects on his life after being accused of cheating on the Indian version of “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?”. Irrfan shines in his role in the movie and certainly delivers a performance to remember.


DURATION: 2 hrs 7 mins
GENRE: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

Faith is a house with many rooms.
Life of Pi is a powerful movie that’s just as likely to make you think as it is to make you shed a tear or cheer in triumph.

Life of Pi is a fascinating, emotional, intense story of faith and friendship. that raises questions about the reality of what we’ve seen and confronts the teleological issues involved. 

10. PIKU

DIRECTOR: Shoojit Sircar
DURATION: 2 hrs 5 mins
GENRE: Drama, Comedy

Straight up, Piku is delightful, a cinematic rasgulla, dipped in the sweet, dark rum of life.
Don’t miss this gentle rollercoaster ride. Piku’s motions and emotions must be enjoyed.

It is based on a beautiful Father – Daughter relationship which people may call weird. But, in fact it is depiction of situations of all old and sick parents in the world, specially India. Further, It takes us to a life changing journey from Delhi to Calcutta by road. Most people remember it for its storyline. But the way Irrfan brings it all together is mesmerising. Therefore, a Must Watch Movie.


DIRECTOR: Vishal Bhardwaj
DURATION: 2 hrs 4 mins
GENRE: Drama, Comedy

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Haider’s performances are perfumed with delicious amorality that a moral twist follows

Haider is a brilliant adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet where a new character – Kashmir – joins the drama’s kings and queens. Vishal Bhardwaj’s Kashmir isn’t shikaras and Shammi Kapoor though. Set in 1995, amidst militancy and martial rule, this Kashmir is gray smoke and brown trees, frozen waters and fires glowing angrily on a lake.

-Vibhuti Verma and Muskaan Sharma
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  1. A well written article which is compact and perfect in describing as per the roles led by Irrfan Khan.

    The precise and catchy movie plots encourage one to watch them if they already haven’t.


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