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IRRFAN KHAN is a graduate of the prestigious National School of Drama (New Delhi, India), and shortly after he made his acting debut in SALAAM BOMBAY!, he moved to Mumbai to pursue his career in acting. He then became a household name on the television screen in the popular Hindi sitcom "Banegi Apni Baat.”

Most Hindi movie actors disappear when they hit middle-age, but KHAN has arrived at an age when others retire. His unconventional looks and intense eyes gained him the coveted title role in the film MAQBOOL, a Hindi interpretation of Macbeth set in the Bombay underworld, and his stunning performance in this resulted in him winning all the major Indian acting awards. He garnered further awards for his portrayal of a student leader who rises from no where and starts faltering before he can reach his pinnacle in HASSIL, a love story set against university politics (Allahabad). Critics hailed it as a rare performance in Hindi cinema.

His most challenging role came in British director Asif Kapadia's acclaimed THE WARRIOR, winner of the BAFTA award for Best Film in 2003. Khan plays a lone warrior who renounces his violent role as the law enforcer to a local lord – only to be murderously pursued into the Himalayan Mountains.

He has a very lengthy list of credits from his consistently excellent work in Indian cinema but he has recently made the transition into English speaking films. He has most recently completed PARTITION, directed by Vic Sarin and A MIGHTY HEART for Michael Winterbottom, opposite Angelina Jolie.

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