In a career spanning over 30 years and featuring in over 50 Indian films, Khan had received numerous awards, including a National Film Award and Filmfare Awards in four categories.
Considered to be one of the finest actors in Indian cinema, he was also awarded the Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian honour, in 2011.
Khan made his debut with a small role in Salaam Bombay! (1988). This was followed by several years of struggle. He made his breakthrough by starring films like Haasil (2003) and Maqbool (2004). He then gained critical acclaim for his roles in The Namesake (2006), Life in a… Metro (2007), and Paan Singh Tomar (2011).
Khan also had memorable roles in movies such as The Lunchbox (2013), Piku (2015) and Talvar (2015). He had supporting roles in Hollywood films The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), Life of Pi (2012), Jurassic World (2015), and Inferno (2016).
His highest-grossing Hindi film release came with the comedy-drama Hindi Medium (2017), which won him the Filmfare Award for Best Actor. His final appearance was in its sequel, Angrezi Medium (2020).