Internationally acclaimed actor Irrfan Khan, who has carved a niche in Bollywood as well as Hollywood with his versatility, intense looks and effortless acting, turned 49 on Thursday. With big films like Inferno, The Wicked Path and The Song of Scorpions in his kitty, the actor looks forward to a bright year ahead.

The actor has been busy shooting in Jaisalmer for Qissa director Anup Singh’s The Song of Scorpions for the past few days, and if a source is to be believed, they had a celebration on the sets to bring in Irrfan’s birthday.

Born in Jaipur, Rajasthan, into a Muslim Nawab family, Irrfan started his journey in showbiz after a professional acting course from the prestigious National School of Drama in New Delhi.

In his earlier days in the entertainment industry, the actor was seen in TV shows like Chanakya, Bharat Ek Khoj, Sara Jahan Hamara, Banegi Apni Baat, Chandrakanta, AnooGoonj and Sparsh.

During the 1990s, he appeared in the critically acclaimed films like Ek Doctor Ki Maut and Such a Long Journey which, however, went unnoticed. He got more visibility after a stint in London-based director Asif Kapadia’s The Warrior, which was screened at various international film festivals.

In Bollywood, Irrfan came into prominence with 2003 film Haasil, for which he received Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Negative Role. After that, he started getting more meaty roles and appeared in films like Maqbool, Aan: Men at Work, Chocolate: Deep Dark Secrets and Life in a… Metro. His role in Paan Singh Tomar won him a National Film Award.

He also featured in the widely acclaimed film The Lunchbox.

What made Irrfan more popular in the west were his roles in big films like A Mighty Heart, The Namesake, Partition, New York, I Love You, The Amazing Spider-Man and Jurassic World.

Irrfan has also played pivotal roles in multiple Oscar-winning films like Slumdog Millionaire and Life of Pi.

Interestingly, his Piku, Jurassic World (Hollywood), Talvar and Jazbaa, all of which released in 2015, received appreciation both commercially as well as critically.