Spell of the story

In conversation with Lakshmi Pratury, renowned actor Irrfan Khan muses on the magical spell that a great story casts over actors and audiences alike. In this wide-ranging chat, he also reveals a soft spot for street sports and recounts the heart-stopping experience of finding himself face-to-face with a tiger in the wild.

Recorded at INK2015, Mumbai

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Irrfan Khan

Sahabzade Irrfan Ali Khan also popularly known as Irrfan Khan is an Indian actor in film, television and theatre. Khan has spread his acting prowess beyond India and is today one of the celebrated Indian faces internationally. Khan has won three Filmfare Awards, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and an Independent Spirit Award nomination. In 2011, he became a recipient of the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award in India. He has appeared in more than 30 films in Bollywood, to name a few remarkable roles of the actor are Paan Singh Tomar, Haasil, Life in a metro, Gunday, Maqbool, and Haider. Khan is probably India's most successful export to Hollywood, having tasted success with experimental roles in several critically acclaimed films such as e The Namesake, New York, I Love You, A Mighty Heart, The Darjeeling Limited, Slumdog Millionaire, The Amazing Spider-Man, Life of Pi, and Jurassic World, and in the HBO series In Treatment. Khan recently shot for his two upcoming international projects: Dan Brown's Inferno and another Japanese-American TV series. Khan's film Piku was one of the most appreciated films of the year 2015 for which he also received a best actor's award at the Indian Film Festival. He was also marked as the first "Million Dollar Khan" in Bollywood with worldwide success of his Hollywood film Jurassic World. We would also be seeing him wooing audience in his forthcoming films Jazbaa and Talvar. Khan was born and brought up in Jaipur, India. He was born into a Muslim Nawab family. He was studying for his M.A. degree when he earned a scholarship to study at National School of Drama (NSD) in New Delhi in 1984.

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