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Book Review: Irrfan Khan: The Man, The Dreamer, The Star by Aseem Chhabra

by Enakshi Johri
(Bengaluru, India)

Book Title: Irrfan Khan: The Man, The Dreamer, The Star
Author: Aseem Chhabra
Publisher: Rupa Publishers
Rating: 4/5

I’ve never looked to create an image where people fall in love with my face or style. It does cross my mind. But I’ve been trying to create a space for myself where I don’t depend on that.

Irrfan Khan is one name in the entertainment industry that evokes respect. Not born with a silver spoon in his mouth, Irrfan left no stone unturned in carving a niche out for himself not only in Bollywood but also in Hollywood. A naturally gifted actor that he is, he fits into any role just as perfectly as a missing piece of a jigsaw puzzle. Whether it is Roohdaar in Haider, Maqbool in the eponymous film, Rana in Piku, Saajan in The Lunchbox, and of course, Ashoke in The Namesake, Irrfan has rendered these characters memorable that linger fresh in our minds.

Irrfan Khan by Aseem Chhabra is a biography that is composed of anecdotes of personal meetings, interviews and events. Following a strong narrative and an even stronger approach, this book is promising as it delivers what is expected out of it. Describing the life and works of Irrfan Khan, Aseem does a wonderful job in bringing forth a story that needs to be told in order to inspire millions who do not believe in the plausibility of their dreams!

Supported by pictures and excerpts of the conversations, Aseem shows the readers how Irrfan built a name for himself right from the scratch. A humble and respectful gentleman that Irrfan is, he is also a fighter and a talented artist. His story emphasizes on being a learner and being versatile in whatever you do.

Irrfan Khan is inspirational and honest. Unlike the biographies of the sought-after celebrities, this biography of an underrated actor is sure to leave the readers spellbound.
Best wishes to the author!

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