The Hindi film industry has heartwarming stories, off the screen. Regarded as the biggest film industry in the world, it has given opportunities to several young talents and has helped them become global superstars.
Boman Irani is one such story. The actor who entered the industry fairly late is regarded as one of the finest actors of our time. He gained high praise for his last release ‘Uunchai. As the actor turns 63 today, here are a few interesting facts about him.
A late debut
Boman Irani had been involved with the acting business for some time. Irani worked as a theatre artist for a long period, however, his entry into the film business was relatively late. In an age where an actor’s age is considered to be of paramount importance, Irani was successful in entering this world at the age of 41. The actor made his debut with Shah Rukh Khan’s Josh, and since then he has been a regular in the movies.
A veteran actor
Even after entering the industry late, Irani was quick to make a name for himself in the industry. To date, Boman Irani has worked in over 90 films, across different languages. From comedy and drama to intensely verbose and over-the-top characters, Irani has portrayed different styles of acting in the last 2 decades of being in films.
Worked in a Hotel!
Not many people know that Boman Irani has worked as a waiter and in-room service at the Taj. Right after finishing his schooling, Irani joined the Taj and worked for them. In an interview later he opened up about his experience of working in the hotel. He used to offer people food, wine, and beverages.
Left a job for the family business
Boman Irani left his work at the Taj after his mother met with an accident. The actor spent the next 14 years of his life working in the family business of a bakery. During this period he also met his future wife.
You might not associate the Virus character from ‘3 Idiots’ with a photographer, right? Boman Irani has always been passionate about the art of photography. After working at the Taj, he purchased a camera and began using it to make money. Boman Irani was an official photographer in world events, including the world boxing championships.
Dr. Asthana Story
Munna Bhai MBBS was Boman Irani’s claim to fame. The director was widely praised for the portrayal of a ‘no nonsense’ professor of a medical institute. Boman Irani just charged 2 lakh rupees for the role which changed his life. The actor was also roped in for the movie before the script was ready by producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra.