Boman Irani (born 2 December 1959) is an Indian theatre and film actor, voice artist and photographer of Irani descent, who works in Bollywood films. After making his film debut with the 2003 anthology horror film Darna Mana Hai, Irani had his first commercial success with the 2003 comedy Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. He subsequently starred in several highly successful productions including Main Hoon Na (2004), Veer-Zaara (2004), No Entry (2005), Don (2006), Heyy Babyy (2007), Dostana (2008), Housefull (2010), Cocktail (2012), Jolly LLB (2013), Bhoothnath Returns (2014), Housefull 3 (2016) and Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran (2018). Irani's highest-grossing releases came with several films that rank among the highest-grossing Indian films of all time, including Lage Raho Munna Bhai (2006), 3 Idiots (2009), Don 2 (2011), Housefull 2 (2012), Happy New Year (2014), PK (2014), Dilwale (2015), Sanju (2018) and Total Dhamaal (2019). His performance in 3 Idiots won him the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor.
Irani at a promotional event for his film Happy New Year in 2014
Production House Irani Movietone
|Munna Bhai MBBS, Lage Raho Munnabhai|
|Children||Danesh and Kayoze Irani (sons) and Sanaya (daughter)|
Irani was born on 2 December 1959, in Bombay (now Mumbai) to an Irani Zoroastrian family. He finished his schooling in St. Mary's School, Mumbai. Irani was dyslexic and had ADHD and had a lisp. He overcame his lisp eventually. He undertook a two-year waiter course at Mithibai College in Mumbai. After his polytechnic diploma course, he joined the Taj Mahal Palace & Tower and worked there as a waiter and in room service. He was promoted and finally worked as a waiter at the rooftop French restaurant, Rendezvous. He worked at the Taj Mahal for two years.
While he was at school, he would watch movies at the Alexander Cinema daily after school. His mother often encouraged him to watch the movies repeatedly, to observe their cinematography and art. Irani's father died six months before Irani was born, but had a namkeen shop, which his mother took over thereafter. Irani also worked at this shop on Grant Road till he was 32 years old. This ancestral bakery and namkeen shop was located in the Grant road area of Mumbai, between Novelty and Apsara Cinemas, and was also where he first met his wife.
While working at the Taj, using the tips that he received, Irani bought a camera and took sports pictures (school cricket and football matches), selling them for twenty to thirty rupees, which he continued till well after marriage. His epiphany came when he saved money for seven years to take his family for their first ever vacation to Ooty, but they ended up in a desolate run-down hotel called Shawham Palace. Irani decided to take control of his life, and instead of living the petty existence of a photographer selling small photos, he would started to dream and live big and provide more for his family. Irani calls it his "zero number bulb moment".
Irani continued to be a photographer, but now at the age of 32, went six months prior to the world boxing championships at Mumbai to meet Adajania, the then president of the Olympic boxing association of India, and requested to become the official photographer of the World Cup. When Adajania told him there was no need for him, Irani offered to work at his office for six months for free in return for a ring-side badge to cover the event. He continued to try to convince Adajania, and covered a state boxing match in a different manner than other photographers. Adajania was impressed by his photos and his passion and appointed Irani as the official photographer.
Meanwhile, he became the photographer for the Norwegian boxing team and photographed specific photos that they needed of Ole Klemetsen. When asked about his charges, Irani asked for the international rate. Irani took the required photos with his K-1000.
Acting had been a passion for Irani during his school and college days. He trained under acting coach Hansraj Siddhia from 1981 to 1983.
Irani's mentor was Alyque Padamsee — the veteran theatre actor best known for his role as Mohammad Ali Jinnah in Gandhi. He was introduced to Padamsee by Shiamak Davar. Irani's earliest theatrical appearance was in Roshni where he played a cameo at the Regional Theatre in Versova. He followed this up with serials like Family Ties and Mahatma vs Gandhi, playing Gandhi after the role was turned down by Darshan Jariwala. His most illustrious play to date is I am not Bajirao which ran for 10 years.
His small but significant role in Darna Mana Hai earned him acclaim. The film was declared a hit, and he was one of the most remembered segments of the film along with Saif Ali Khan. Irani gained attention for his role in the 2003 comedy Munna Bhai M.B.B.S.. His role as J. Asthana earned him a Filmfare Award nomination for Best Comedian. He later appeared in Lage Raho Munna Bhai for which he received several IIFA award nominations and in 3 Idiots opposite Aamir khan which earned him a Filmfare Award and a Star Screen Award for Best Actor in a Villainous Role. Irani has appeared in many comedic roles (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 roles (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.
Irani hosted the IIFA Awards with actor Ritesh Deshmukh in 2008 in Bangkok, 2009 in Macau, 2010 in Colombo and 2011 in Toronto. He has been on Kaun Banega Crorepati with Sanjay Dutt. He also hosted the quiz show Bollywood Ka Boss. Irani featured in OneTouch Glucose Meters TV commercials in 2015 with Simone Singh.
Boman Irani is an Irani and follows the religion of Zoroastrianism. He speaks English, Hindi, Gujarati, and Marathi fluently. Irani is a member of the Parsee Television Actors Community and is its secretary. He is married to Zenobia, with whom he has two sons, Danesh and Kayoze Irani and a daughter, Sanaya.
|Denotes films / dramas that are not yet released|
|2001||Everybody Says I'm Fine!||Mr. Mittal|
|2003||Darna Mana Hai||Hotel owner|
|Boom||Diamond Dealer||Cameo Appearance|
|Munnabhai M.B.B.S.||Dr. J. C. Asthana||Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role|
|2004||Main Hoon Na||Principal||Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role|
|Veer-Zaara||Jahangir Hayaat Khan|
|2005||Page 3||Deepak Suri|
|Waqt: The Race Against Time||Natu|
|My Wife's Murder||Inspector Tejpal Randhawa|
|No Entry||Minister P.K. Gupta|
|Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara||Public Prosecutor|
|Home Delivery: Aapko... Ghar Tak||Michael Burnett / Santa Claus|
|Kal: Yesterday and Tomorrow||Yashwant Dayal|
|Mr Prime Minister|
|Being Cyrus||Farokh Sethna|
|2006||Shaadi Se Pehle||Dr Rustam|
|Pyare Mohan||Tony Alias Dholakia|
|Yun Hota To Kya Hota||DCP||Special appearance|
|Lage Raho Munna Bhai||Lucky Singh||Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Negative Role|
|Khosla Ka Ghosla||Kishen Khurana|
|Don - The Chase Begins Again||DCP DeSilva / Vardhaan|
|2007||Eklavya: The Royal Guard||Rana Jayawardhan|
|Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd.||Oscar Fernandes|
|Heyy Babyy||Bharat Sahni|
|Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal||Tony Singh|
|Love Story 2050||Professor Yatin Khanna / Uncle Ya|
|Kismat Konnection||Rajiv Batra||Guest appearance|
|Rishton Ki Machine|
|Yuvvraaj||Dr P.K. Banton|
|2009||Luck by Chance||Dinaz Aziz||Cameo Appearance|
|Little Zizou||Boman Pressvala|
|Kambakkht Ishq||Doctor||Cameo Appearance|
|Perfect Mismatch||Mr. Patel|
|Fruit and Nut||Maharaja Harry Holkar|
|3 Idiots||Viru Sahastrabuddhe (Virus, Dean)||Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor|
|2010||Well Done Abba||Arman Ali / Rahman Ali|
|Teen Patti||Special Appearance|
|Hum Tum Aur Ghost||Kapoor|
|Jaane Kahan Se Aayi Hai||Special Appearance|
|2011||F.A.L.T.U||Principal Sharma||Special Appearance|
|Game||O. P. Ramsay|
|Love Breakups Zindagi||Sheila's Dad||Cameo Appearance|
|Don 2: The King is Back||Vardhaan|
|2012||Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu||Rahul's father|
|Housefull 2||Batuk Patel|
|Ferrari Ki Sawaari||Deboo|
|Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi||Farhad|
|Student of the Year||Harkishan Sanan||Guest Appearance|
|2013||Jolly LLB||Advocate Rajpal as star advocate in film|
|Attarintiki Daredi||Raghu Nandan||Telugu film|
|2014||Youngistaan||Prime Minister Dashrath Kaul||Guest appearance|
|Happy New Year||Tehmton Irani (Tammy)|
|2015||Bengal Tiger||Ashok Gajapathi||Telugu film|
|2016||Santa Banta Pvt Ltd||Santheshwar Singh Solaid/ Santa|
|Housefull 3||Batuk Patel|
|The Legend of Michael Mishra||Fp|
|2017||FU: Friendship Unlimited||Makarand's (Mak's) father|
|2018||Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran||Himanshu Shukla|
|Sanju||Ruby's father and himself|
|Agnyaathavaasi||Govind Bhargav alias Vinda||Telugu film|
|Welcome to New York||Mr. Garry|
|Khajoor Pe Atke||Abhishek|
|Naa Peru Surya||Colonel Sanjay Shrivastav||Telugu film.|
|2019||Total Dhamaal||Commissioner Shamsher "Don" Singh|
|PM Narendra Modi||Industrialist Ratan Tata|
|Made in China|
|Housefull 4||Batuk Patel||Post-production|
|2020||Yuvarathnaa||Kannada film; Filming|
|2004||Screen Weekly||Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role||Munnabhai M.B.B.S.||Yes|
|2007||Filmfare Award||Filmfare Best Villain Award||Lage Raho Munnabhai||Nominated|
|2010||Star Screen Award||Star Screen Award for Best Villain||3 Idiots||Yes|
|Filmfare Award||Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award||Yes|
|IIFA Award||IIFA Award for Best Performance in a Negative Role||Yes|
|2013||Kalakar Awards||Award for Best Actor||Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi||Yes|
Boman Irani has been a brand ambassador of :
- Boman Irani [@bomanirani] (24 January 2019). "And the moment that we've been waiting for!!! With the love from one and all, introducing "Irani Movietone". @iranimovietone #IraniMovietone t.co/gXdwKmGTmq" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
- "Josh talks - Boman Irani". www.youtube.com. Josh talks. Retrieved 30 June 2017.
- "Boman Irani gets candid". Hindustan Times. Archived from the original on 21 January 2011. Retrieved 20 February 2011.
- "From waiter to a rising star: Boman Irani". The GenX Times. Retrieved 5 April 2017.
- "The making of an actor". Bomanirani.com. Retrieved 20 February 2011.
- "Actor – Ad Films – India". Boman Irani. Retrieved 20 February 2011.
- Riteish Deshmukh, Boman Irani are IIFA hosts again
- LOWE LINTAS HIGHLIGHTS THE 'SWEET' SIDE IN THE LIFE OF A DIABETIC FOR ONETOUCH Archived 16 April 2016 at the Wayback Machine
- "Naa Peru Surya Film". ZEE5.
- "Boman Irani to enact the part of Farokh Engineer in #83TheFilm... Stars Ranveer Singh as #KapilDev... Directed by Kabir Khan... 10 April 2020 release. #Relive83". Taran Adarsh on Twitter. Retrieved 18 February 2019.
- "FNB News - Boman Irani new brand ambassador of Puri Oil Mills' P Mark mustard oil | FNB News". www.fnbnews.com. Retrieved 31 May 2018.
- Ghosal, Sutanuka (2014). "Boman Irani signs up as brand ambassador of 'P' mark mustard oil". The Economic Times. Retrieved 31 May 2018.
- "Exotica signs Boman Irani as its brand ambassador -". www.realtynmore.com. Retrieved 31 May 2018.
- Announcement (24 January 2011). "Kent RO Systems signs Boman Irani as the brand ambassador". Business Standard India. Retrieved 31 May 2018.
- indiainfoline.com. "Boman Irani brand ambassador of NGO 'AHEAD'". Retrieved 31 May 2018.
- "Saffola appoints Boman Irani as brand ambassador; launches new TVC". Indian Advertising Media & Marketing News – exchange4media. Retrieved 31 May 2018.