Imran Khan Pal was born on January 13th,1983 in Madison, Wisconsin to Nuzhat Khan and Anil Pal. His parents divorced before he was two and he lived with his mother. They moved to Bombay and he attended many different schools, starting with the Bombay Scottish School, but things did not go well there. So Nuzhat moved him to Blue Mountain School in Coonoor and when the headmaster started his own school in the jungles of Ooty, Nuzhat enrolled him there.
Khan then moved to Sunnyvale, California, where he lived with his father and attended Fremont High School.Upon graduation he aspired to become a film director, and went to Los Angeles to pursue a degree in filmmaking at the Los Angeles branch of the New York Film Academy. Studying direction, writing and cinematography, Khan was inspired by writer Roald Dahl. After receiving his degree, he ventured into market research and advertising. Khan eventually returned to Mumbai and trained to become an actor at Kishore Namit Kapoor's acting institute. He began networking and met writer-director Abbas Tyrewala, who offered him the lead role in his film.After producer Jhamu Sugandh experienced financial difficulties they offered the script to Aamir Khan, who agreed to finance the film. Khan auditioned for the role before being signed for the film.
His grandfather was director Nasir Hussain and he has some pretty impressive uncles, including the famous director Mansoor Khan, as well as the superstar Aamir Khan.