While every other star kid begins gearing up for a Bollywood debut right in their teens, Boman Irani faced the camera for the first time at the age of 42. The maverick actor, whose life has been a total mixed bag of aspirations and ways to fulfill them, can be an inspiration to any age group.
Right from Munna Bhai M.B.B.S to his upcoming movie Parmanu, he has come a long way. Presently, he is one of the most celebrated actors in India who doesn’t shy away from experimenting. Boman is known for his memorable performances in movies like Munna Bhai M.B.B.S, Happy New Year, Main Hoon Na, Lage Raho Munna Bhai, Dostana, Khosla Ka Ghosla, No Entry, 3 Idiots and Page 3.
Boman’s success isn’t a common phenomenon. It is the result of many small efforts and an extraordinary will power. His inspirational journey is full of many chapters which have never come in the public eye. Here are a few things that you probably don’t know about this very talented actor.
An Ordinary Life
Born on December 2, 1959 in a Parsi family, Boman’s life before he became an actor was that of a typical middle-class individual. After finishing his education, his first job was at the Taj Mahal Palace & Tower where he worked as a waiter and room service staff. After leaving his job at Taj Mahal Palace & Tower, Boman became a shopkeeper for 14 years to take care of his family.
Multiple Challenges While Growing Up
Boman has confessed to having multiple issues while growing up. He had a speech problem, he used to lisp. He suffered from dyslexia and wasn’t great at academics too.
The Creative Instinct
Boman juggled his photography career along with managing the shop. He found his creative outlet in photography. His persuasive powers and passion got him good photographic assignments, particularly sports photography. This stage of his career lasted for almost two decades.
A Debut That Went Unnoticed
Boman began his acting journey with British theatre where he got acquainted with different accents. His most illustrious play till date is “I Am Not Bajirao.” Thereafter, he worked in a couple of advertisements for aerated drinks and biscuits. Boman’s debut performance was as a grey character in Rahul Bose’s directorial debut Everybody Says I’m Fine! (2001).
The Story of Landing a Role in Munna Bhai M.B.B.S
One fine day, producer Vinod Chopra, who had seen an experimental film featuring Boman called him & offered him 2 lakh rupees for Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. Boman humbly thanked him and returned the cheque. Six months later, Chopra called Boman again insisting him to meet Rajkumar Hirani. By the end of this meeting, Boman was finalized to play the role of Dr. Asthana.
The Versatile Actor of Bollywood
Boman has essayed roles ranging from a father, friend, uncle, doctor, abusive neighbour, courtroom judge, corrupt businessman, eccentric murderer and police officer. He plays a grey shade character Vardhaan with as ease as he plays the hilarious Batukbhai Patel in Housefull or the cold-hearted Viru Sahastrabuddhe in 3 Idiots. Only he could have played the intense advocate Rajpal in Jolly LLB and the deadly Bhau in Bhootnath Returns. Boman’s versatility deserve special applause.
Strong Believer of Hard Work & Preparation
Be it undergoing special football training for Vivek Agnihotri’s sports drama Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal or learning scuba diving for Happy New Year, Boman Irani does his home work for every movie. Boman ensures that he studies each of his characters properly and leaves no stone unturned to bring them alive on screen. We must say that his hard work is visible on screen.
These were a few things about Boman’s life which are not known by many. There is a lot more to the life of this man who never seizes to dream and never stops in working towards them.