Irrfan Khan was joined by Rishi Kapoor in his heavenly abode, leaving the world missing them and their work, which includes these must-watch movies.
After the news of Irrfan Khan leaving the world yesterday, we woke up today to hear that another one of the larger-than-life stars, Rishi Kapoor, had bitten the dust. As fans come to terms with the loss, we have compiled a list for you to remember your heroes and once again appreciate the art they left for us.
Based on the real-life murder of a 14-year-old girl where the police blame the parents for the murder, Khan plays a gritty detective who has the audience glued to their seats throughout the movie.
Paan Singh Tomar
Based on another real-life story, in this lesser-known film, Khan once again captures the audience by playing an athlete who is forced to turn into a dacoit after his mother dies. He won the National Award for Best Actor too.
If you haven’t seen this masterpiece yet, you are gravely missing out. With star power such as Amitabh Bachan and Deepika Padukone, Khan still manages to hold his own and has us laughing with his comedic timing.
Chances are, you’ve either seen or heard of this blockbuster. If you haven’t, you should ASAP. If you have, it deserves a rewatch. This movie cements Khan and his acting prowess to the Western audience.
This adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet was a piece of art. With a stellar cast and even more stellar script, this movie left us wanting more. However, Khan’s eyes left us feeling captivated. You cannot help but keep on looking in those expressive eyes – that narrate their own tale.
This movie has a special place in the hearts of Pakistanis because of our very own Saba Qamar stars opposite Irrfan Khan. With its sequel out now being the last film he ever did, watching this movie has now become a must.
Again, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s play Macbeth, Irrfan Khan carries the movies on his shoulders with the help of Tabu, making this movie critically acclaimed as well as a box office hit.
Not a movie, but this Emmy award-winning directors’ TV show deserves a place in this list. It’s one of Khan’s masterpieces that we think needs more appreciation.
The list could go on because, if we’re being honest, reducing the actor’s work to a select few has been one of the hardest tasks we’ve ever done.
Those infamous lines “Tumney kabhi kisi se pyaar kiya? KIYA! Kabhi kisi ko dil diya? DIYA!” and everyone’s favorite song Dard-e-Dil are enough to have anyone rewatch this timeless classic over and over again. Go watch it and do yourself a favor!
Amar Akbar Anthony
This movie doesn’t need an introduction or an explanation. Starring opposite heavyweights like Amitabh Bachchan and Vinod Khanna, this was a groundbreaker that set the actor high up on the superstar list.
102 Not Out
We’re going to be honest – this movie made us laugh and cry. With Amitabh Bachchan once again by his side, Rishi Kapoor has the audience loving him and his character.
No list would be complete without the mention of this blockbuster. Playing a wheelchair-bound romantic against the late Sridevi, the songs, the cinematography, the acting – everything in this movie is wonderful.
You thought he could only play a feel-good grandpa or a chocolate hero? You are wrong. A remake of Amitabh Bachchan’s 1990 classic, Kapoor portrays a ruthless pimp and has all of us hating him throughout the movie.
Kapoor & Sons
Just like Hindi-Medium, this movie is special to us Pakistanis because it has our very own sweetheart Fawad Khan in one of the lead roles. This is a personal favorite, with the way Kapoor plays a comedic grandpa and superbly fits in with his prosthetics and comedic timing.
“Hum tum ek kamrey mein band hon aur chabi kho jaey”
Sound familiar? It is from this movie exactly. With a typical storyline but an amazing cast and songs, this movie brought Rishi Kapoor to the forefront of Bollywood stars.
Kapoor made a bold move choosing to do this, but did he do justice to it. If you’re in the mood for a serious movie that is aligned with today’s political narrative, this is right up your alley.
If you don’t have time to watch all the rest, this should be the only movie you do watch. Starring both Khan and Kapoor, this movie has one playing the antagonist and the other a protagonist. What else do you need?
If we missed something that you think should have been added to this list, let us know in the comments below!
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