Irrfan Khan was born as Sahabzade Irfan Ali Khan in the village of Tonk in Jaipur, in a well off family with royal connections.
He has two siblings and his father was a wealthy zamindar who wanted his son to join the family's tyre business. He wanted to be a cricketer but his parents disapproved it.
As if by stroke of luck, he got a scholarship to attend National School of Drama in Delhi while he was pursuing MA in Jaipur. While getting admission in NSD, he lied about having past theater experience to get in.
He was a final year student at NSD when Mira Nair chose him for a role in “Salaam Bombay”.