Before Blackmail, a look at the box office performance of Irrfan Khan’s last five films

his films might not have raked in moolah at the ticket counters but have definitely cast a spell on cinephiles. It will be interesting to see what will be the fate of his next silver screen outing Blackmail.

An actor of substance, an unconventional star, a stellar performer and an actor with intellect, these are some of the many words which are used to describe India’s international superstar Irrfan Khan. The actor, who entered the Indian entertainment industry in 1988 with Academy Award-nominated Salaam Bombay, has grown manifold as a performer and has carved a niche for himself not only in the country but also overseas. He is the one who strikes gold with his every release but not necessarily in monetary terms which has become an important parameter in describing a film or an actor as a hit or a flop.

1. Qarib Qarib Singlle: Rs 21.90 crore
Their sweet little nothings gave a new definition of love to the millennials and the film opened to positive reviews from critics.

2. Hindi Medium: Rs 90.29 crore
The film brought out the best in Irrfan and he was applauded for his performance in the film. “His is a fine, well-judged performance, which rises above the lines. At one point, we see him cracking up while watching his favourite florid TV serial: in that moment, ‘Hindi Medium’ is glorious, because the actor catches what he’s meant to do, meant to be, gloriously,” wrote film critic Shubhra Gupta in her review of the film.

3. Jazbaa: Rs 25.23 crore
Sanjay Gupta’s crime thriller Jazbaa based on Korean thriller Seven Days released two years back in 2015 and was touted as a comeback of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan to the silver screen. Irrfan Khan essayed the role of Inspector Yohan in the movie and despite all the focus being on Aishwarya who was returning to the silver screen after giving birth to daughter Aaradhya, National Award winning actor Irrfan held his own in the film.

4. Talvar: Rs 30.17 crore
Irrfan Khan as investigating officer in the murder mystery drama added to the gritty plot of the Meghna Gulzar directorial.

5. Piku: Rs 79.77 crore.

Irrfan Khan who played a supporting role in the film found a special mention in the reviews. Served with dollops of comedy and emotions, the movie struck the right chord with movie buffs and had a strong run at the box office.

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