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Birthday special: Boman Irani turns 60, his journey from waiter to actor…

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Bollywood actor-cum-comedian Boman Irani has turned 60 today. Irani completed 13 years in Bollywood and still he feels like a new comer and acts like a junior artist on the sets. Recently, he was seen in ‘Force 2’ playing a role of R.A.W agent and father of villains Rudra Karan Pratap Singh. Prior to which, Boman has acted in movies like ‘Happy New Year’, ‘3 Idiots’, ‘PK’, ‘Dilwale’, and more than 50 movies – giving his best performances as an actor.

Boman called himself very young guy had become a grandfather on 3rd July this years as his son Danesh and daughter in law Reah were blessed with their first child.

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In recent interactions with media Boman Irani was quoted as saying, “I am extremely young person in the industry. You may call me a grandfather, but I am still young as an industry person. Most actors I work with, even the heroes, are senior to me. There are very few heroes who have come in after me.”

For Boman, he says “There is no place for insecurity in  my life”.

boman iraniOn the talk show “Yaadon Ki Baarat” on Zee TV RajKumar Hirani and Boman Irani came as a guest on the show. The show hosted by Ritesh Deshmukh and Sajid Khan, in that Hirani shares so many moments which he spends with Irani.

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Hirani says, “When I was making a Ad it was very difficult to hire Boman Irani. Irani was too much expensive those days. We could not afford him. And now you can see him in my every movie. I remember ‘Mumnna Bhai M.B.B.S’ was offered him as a doctor. He rejected that movie, but due to Vidhu Vinod Chopra he accepted the offer and acted in that film.”

Boman’s Life Path…

His first job… a waiter

After finishing his school at St. Mary’s in Mumbai. He complete his graduation from Mithibai College and has also got a polytechnic diploma course. His first job was with Taj Mahal Palace & Tower where he worked as a waiter and room service staff. Thereafter, he joined his mother to run their ancestral bakery shop between Novelty and Apsara Cinema in south Mumbai.

The Photographer…

In 1987, Irani turned to photographer and continued until he became a actor.

Doing Ads…

As photographer he also started doing Advertisements for agencies like Ambuja Cements, One touch (Blood Glucose Monitors), Kurkure, Fanta, Krackjack and many more. In those days, he was one of the most highest paid actor for Ad agencies. He also known for a voice artist.

Passion for Theatre…

Acting was a passion to Boman during school and college days. He was trained under for acting by coach Hansraj Siddhia in 1981 to 1983 and adopted professional acting methods. Irani preferred in acting in British theatre.

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Bollywood comes knocking…

After his stint in theatres, Boman moved on to films in 2000. But he was noticed in 2003 comedy movie ‘Munna Bhai M.B.B.S’ which was directed by Rajkumar Hirani and produced by Vidhu Vinad Chopra. Later he appeared in ‘Lage Raho Munna Bhai’, ‘3 Idiots’, ‘PK’ which also directed by Rajkumar Hirani.

Irani has appeared in many comedic (‘Main Hoon Na’, ‘Lage Raho Munna Bhai’, ‘Dostana’, ‘Khosla Ka Ghosla’, ‘Waqt: The Race Against Time’, ‘No Entry’, ‘Housefull’, ‘Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu’, ‘Housefull 2’ and ‘Cocktail’), supporting (‘Veer-Zaara’, ‘Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara’, ‘Lakshya’, ‘Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd.’, ‘Sorry Bhai!’, ‘Page 3’, ‘My Wife’s Murder’), and negative roles (‘Don: The Chase Begins Again’ , ‘Don 2: The King Is Back, Eklavya’). He acted in his first Telugu film ‘Attharintiki Daaredhi’ as the grandfather of Pawan Kalyan.

Boman has won many awards – ‘Munna Bhai M.B.B.S’ for best performance in a comic role and Star screen awards for best villains, Filmfare best supporting actors and IIFA for a negative roles. And also won the best actor for ‘Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi’.

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