Who can forget Dr. Asthana of Munnabhai MBBS? Or Virus from 3 Idiots? Or the villainous Kishen Khurana of Khosla Ka Ghosla? Boman Irani, who played these diverse characters, has regaled us with his comic turns in many a movie. The actor who breathed life into his roles turned 59 on December 2. On the occasion of his birthday, we look at some interesting factoids from this maverick actor’s life. Did you know...
That Boman Irani is a master of many trades? He worked a two-year stint as waiter at the Taj Palace, Colaba. He then helped his mother manage the family’s farsan store called ‘Golden Wafers’ at Grant Road for 12 years. Then, he pursued photography as a profession, even running his own photo studio before moving to theatre to pursue his dream of acting.
That he was dyslexic, and lisped as a child? For someone who runs dialogue off with seeming ease, Boman Irani was so speech-afflicted when he was younger that he refused to speak. It took years of speech training to enable him to overcome that disability
That he made his theatre debut in Alyque Padamsee’s Roshni, and later followed it up with a double role in Raell Padamsee’s Family Ties? He also played the role of Mahatma Gandhi in Feroz Abbas Khan’s Gandhi vs. Gandhi. The play I’m not Bajirao, where he played the titular role, was a huge success, and ran for 10 years
That Boman Irani made his debut in films when he was 42 years old? His first appearance was a cameo in Rahul Bose’s directorial debut, Everybody says I’m Fine. His first major role as lead was in Let’s Talk, Ram Madhvani’s debut film as director. However, it was as Dr. J.C. Asthana in the 2003 blockbuster, Munnabhai M.B.B.S, that Boman Irani became a household name
That apart from being a very good photographer, Boman Irani is also a good singer? He performs regularly in stage shows and has even sung with Shankar Mahadevan