Boman Irani is undoubtedly one of the finest actors in the film industry. From theatre to films, it has been a long journey for the veteran actor. But, it wasn’t until 35 when he finally got an opportunity to star in a film, Munna Bhai MBBS. The film changed everything for the actor and since then there was no looking back.
In a heartwarming post shared by Humans Of Bombay, Boman Irani talked about he was supporting his mother at their shop, how he took over her place after she passed away, got married and had kids and how after all this, he finally started to work on his dreams. He revealed, “I lost my dad before I was born. He ran a wafer shop & after him my momtook over. My sisters had school, so my mom had to leave me at the fire temple with the priest’s wife, while she ran shop. I watched her fighting alone, for years. Soon I started school, but I had speech & learning disabilities. I remember, I had started singing to better my speech. And once at a performance, mom recorded the applause I got. It was so loud! I kept hearing it, it got my confidence back! I studied science after school, but I’d still take part in theatre & other arts. After college got over, I had to start contributing to the family. So I met the manager of a Taj hotel & asked for work at the rooftop restaurant. He said, ‘To reach the top, you have to start from the bottom.’ So he sent me to work in room service. Only after a year & a half did I become a waiter at that restaurant!”
“Soon after, my mom met with an accident, so I quit my job & sat at the shop. And before I knew it, 14 years went by — during that time I met my wife, got married & even had kids. But throughout, something was amiss. So my wife encouraged me to explore. I loved photography & my dad was a photographer too. So I tried that & after some struggle, I started doing well. At the time, a friend got me to audition for an ad. I did & I got selected! So I decided to pursue it & in a few years I did over 180 ads & even some popular plays. I was also offered a short film. It had a low budget & was going to be shot on a handycam, but for me it was a golden opportunity!,” he added.
Boman Irani revealed that producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra had seen his work in ads and approached him for work. Since then, everything changed for the actor. “My life changed completely, when Vidhu Vinod Chopra saw a clip of the film. He got in touch & asked to meet me. When we met, he gave me a cheque of 2 lakhs to be in his next film. He didn’t even have a film yet, but he didn’t want me to become famous & not give him dates.That’s when Munnabhai MBBS happened & at 35, my dream career began. It was unexpected – but I grabbed the opportunity & didn’t let go. It’s been an amazing journey, one that did put me through some turbulence. But through all the good, the bad & the ugly, I learned to keep my hopes up & more than anything, know that it’s never too late to start over!”
Boman Irani, on the work front, in several films including Lage Raho Munna Bhai, Don 2, 3 Idiots, Khosla Ka Ghosla, Being Cyrus, Dilwale, Parmanu: The Story Of Pokhran among others. He will be next starring in Rajkummar Rao, Mouni Roy starrer Made In Chinawhich is set for August 2019 release.