Boman Irani (born 2 December 1959) is an Indian actor, photographer and voice artist who works primarily in Hindi cinema. Irani has worked in more than a 100 films in his career.

Boman Irani
Boman Irani.jpg
Born (1959-12-02) 2 December 1959 (age 62)
  • Actor
  • voice artist
  • photographer
Years active2001–present
OrganizationIrani Moviestone[1]
Zenobia Irani
(m. 1985)
Children2, including Kayoze Irani

Early lifeEdit

Irani was born on 2 December 1959, in Bombay (now Mumbai) to an Irani Zoroastrian family. His father died 6 months before Irani was born (June 1959). Irani was dyslexic, as well as having ADHD and a lisp, which he eventually overcame.[2][3]

His mother (b. 18 November 1926, d. 9 June 2021) often encouraged him to repeatedly watch movies at the Alexander Cinema—where he would go daily after school—to observe their cinematography and art.[2][4] He finished his secondary schooling at St. Mary's School, after which he undertook a 2-year waiter course at Mithibai College in Mumbai.

Following his polytechnic diploma course, he joined the Taj Mahal Palace & Tower where he worked as a waiter and in room service for two years.[5] With a promotion, he became a waiter at the hotel's rooftop French restaurant, Rendezvous[2]

Until he was 32 years old, Irani also managed the bakery and namkeen shop that belonged to his mother—who took over from Irani's father after his passing—where he used to make and sell potato chips and tea.[6] Located on Mumbai's Grant Road between Novelty Cinema and Apsara Cinema, this shop was also where Irani first met his mother-in-law.[2]


Photography careerEdit

While working at the Taj Mahal Palace & Tower, using the tips that he received, Irani bought a camera and took sports pictures (school cricket and football matches), selling them for 20 to 30 rupees, which he continued till well after marriage.[2] 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 start to dream and live big and provide more for his family. Irani calls it his "zero number bulb moment".[7]

Irani continued to be a photographer, but now at the age of 32, went 6 months prior to the world boxing championships at Mumbai to meet Adajania, 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 6 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.[2]

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.[2]

Theatrical careerEdit

With acting having 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—whom he was introduced to by Shiamak Davar.[5][8] Irani's earliest theatrical appearance was in Roshni, in which 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 would be I Am Not Bajirao which ran for 10 years.[5]

Film careerEdit

Irani moved to on-screen acting in 2000. He started out in a number of advertisements such as Fanta, Ambuja Cements, Ceat and Krack Jack biscuits (as Mr. Jack of the Krack and Jack duo).[9]

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.[citation needed] Irani has appeared in many comedic roles, such as 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, such as Veer-Zaara, Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara, Lakshya, Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd., Sorry Bhai!, Page 3, and My Wife's Murder; and negative roles, such as Don: The Chase Begins Again, Don 2: The King Is Back, and Eklavya. He acted in his first Telugu film Attharintiki Daaredhi as the grandfather of Pawan Kalyan.

Irani hosted the IIFA Awards, including in 2008 with actor Ritesh Deshmukh in Bangkok; 2009 in Macau; 2010 in Colombo; and 2011 in Toronto.[10] He also hosted the quiz show Bollywood Ka Boss. He has been on Kaun Banega Crorepati with Sanjay Dutt, and has featured in OneTouch Glucose Meters TV commercials in 2015 with Simone Singh.[11]

Irani is about to make his directorial debut in 2022[12][13]

In 2022, Irani is appearing as Dr Balraj Kapoor in the series Masoom.[14]


He launched his production house Irani Movietone on 24 January 2019, the logo of which was unveiled by Amitabh Bachchan.[1]

Brand ambassadorEdit

Boman Irani has been a brand ambassador of:


Currently, he is also on the Board of Advisors of India's International Movement to Unite Nations (I.I.M.U.N.).[21]

Spiral BoundEdit

With a thought to bring together budding writers, amateur and professional from different walks of life and to unite and learn the nuances of screenwriting.Masterclass with Boman Irani[22]

Alexander Dinelaris, who penned the Academy Award-winning film Birdman conducted the first workshop of Spiral Bound.[23]

The extension of that workshop was scheduled to take place in 2020 but, because of the global COVID-19 pandemic it couldn't happen physically, however the Spiral Bound sessions started virtually and completed more than 200 interactive screenwriting sessions online.[22][24][25][26][27]

After completing 150 sessions virtually Irani took to his social media to express gratitude towards artists and filmmakers who showed their support to 'Spiral Bound' Few of the guest speakers who have shared the knowledge and experience with the students at Spiral Bound includes playwright Anosh Irani, directors Raju Hirani, Ram Madhvani and Shakun Batra[28][23][29]

Ram Madhvani praises Boman Irani on 3rd Anniversary of Irani Movietone and Spiral Bound[30]

Spiral Bound has completed more than 500 sessions [31] and celebrated it's anniversary.Boman Irani: 'Felt like we brought in a writers' festival'; celebrates 2 years of online scripting sessions - Times of India


  Denotes films that are not yet released
Year Film Role Notes
2001 Everybody Says I'm Fine! Resomon Mittal
2002 Let's Talk Nikhil Sharma
2003 Darna Mana Hai Hotel Owner
Boom Diamond Dealer
Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. Dr. Jagdish Chandra "JC" Asthana
2004 Main Hoon Na Principal Yogesh Agarwal
Lakshya Sanjeev Shergill
Veer-Zaara Jahangir Hayaat Khan
2005 Page 3 Deepak Suri
Waqt: The Race Against Time Natham "Nattu" Singh
My Wife's Murder Inspector Tejpal Randhawa
No Entry Minister Pranab Kumar "PK" Gupta
Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara Public Prosecutor Avinash Roy
Home Delivery: Aapko... Ghar Tak Michael Burnett / Santa Claus
Kal: Yesterday and Tomorrow Yashwant Dayal Singh
Bluffmaster Dr. Vijay Bhalerao
Mr Prime Minister Member of Parliament
Being Cyrus Farokh Sethna English film
2006 Shaadi Se Pehle Dr. Rustam Ali
Pyare Mohan Tony Dholakia
Yun Hota To Kya Hota DCP Amarkant Chauhan
Lage Raho Munna Bhai Lakhbir "Lucky" Singh
Khosla Ka Ghosla Kishan Khurana
Don – The Chase Begins Again Vardhan Makhija/P De Silva
2007 Eklavya: The Royal Guard Rana Jayavardhan Singh
Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd. Oscar Fernandes
Heyy Babyy Bharat Sahni
Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal Tony Singh
2008 Love Story 2050 Professor Yatin Khanna
Kismat Konnection Rajiv Batra
Dostana Murali "M" Lokhande
Yuvvraaj Dr. Pravin Kant "PK" Banton
Sorry Bhai! Naveen Mathur
Maharathi Avvaldas "AD" Merchant
2009 Luck by Chance Deenaz Aziz
Little Zizou Boman Pressvala
99 Rahul Mehrotra
Kambakkht Ishq Dr. Sachin Mishra
Perfect Mismatch Naresh Patel
Fruit and Nut Maharaja Harry Holkar
3 Idiots Dr. Viru "Virus" Sahastrabuddhe
Animal Kevin
2010 Well Done Abba Arman/Rahman Ali
Hum Tum Aur Ghost Rakesh Kapoor
Mirch Ashmit "Aasu" Hotmal
Jaane Kahan Se Aayi Hai Doctor
Housefull Batuk Patel
2011 F.A.L.T.U Principal Karam Sharma
Game Om Prakash "OP" Ramsay
Love Breakups Zindagi Ranveer
Don 2: The King is Back Vardhan Makhija/P De Silva
2012 Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu Sushil Kapoor
Housefull 2 Batuk Patel
Tezz Sanjay Raina
Ferrari Ki Sawaari Behram Ardeshir Deboo
Cocktail Randhir "Randy" Kapoor
Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi Farhad Ahmed
Student of the Year Harikishan Sanon
2013 Jolly LLB Advocate Mahesh Rajpal
Attarintiki Daredi Raghunath "Raghu" Nandan Telugu film
2014 Youngistaan PM Dashrath Kaul (Cameo)
Bhoothnath Returns Bhushan Sharma / Bhausaheb
Happy New Year Tehamton "Tammy" Irani
PK Cherry Bajwa
2015 Bengal Tiger CM Ashok Gajapathi Telugu film
Dilwale King
2016 Santa Banta Pvt Ltd Santeshwar Singh Solaid / Santa
Housefull 3 Batuk Patel
The Legend of Michael Mishra Francisco Paksh
Ventilator Dr. Sairam Sukhranjan Marathi film
2017 FU: Friendship Unlimited Bulmukand
2018 Agnyaathavaasi Govind "Vinda" Bhargav
Naa Peru Surya, Naa Illu India Colonel Sanjay Shrivastav Telugu film
Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran Himanshu Shukla
Sanju Captain Homi Irani
Welcome to New York Gurwinder "Garry" Sandhu
Khajoor Pe Atke Abhishek Zaveri
2019 Total Dhamaal Commissioner Shamsher "Don" Singh
PM Narendra Modi Ratan Tata
Jhalki Kailash Satyarthi
Kaappaan Rajan Mahadev Tamil film
Made in China Dr. Shankar Vardhi
Drive Irfan Ali Mohammed
2020 Maska[32] Himself
2021 83[33] Farokh Engineer
2022 Runway 34[34] Nishant Suri
Jayeshbhai Jordaar Samarth Parekh
Uunchai[35]   TBA
As dubbing artiste


Year Award Show Award Film Won
2004 Screen Awards Best Comedian Munnabhai M.B.B.S. Yes
2007 Filmfare Awards Best Villain Lage Raho Munnabhai Nominated
2010 Best Supporting Actor 3 Idiots Yes
Screen Awards Best Villain Yes
IIFA Awards Best Performance in a Negative Role Yes


  1. ^ a b 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" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Josh talks – Boman Irani". Josh talks. Archived from the original on 14 December 2006. Retrieved 30 June 2017.
  3. ^ Times of India. 2020 December 19. "Kaun Banega Crorepati 12: Amitabh Bachchan shares an incident from his school days when he lied of 'killing a snake' and got a beating from his school principal." Entertainment Times.
  4. ^ Maru, Vibha (9 June 2021). "Boman Irani mourns mother Jerbanoo Irani's death, says she will always be a star". India Today. Retrieved 9 June 2021.
  5. ^ a b c "Boman Irani gets candid". Hindustan Times. Archived from the original on 21 January 2011. Retrieved 20 February 2011.
  7. ^ "From waiter to a rising star: Boman Irani". The GenX Times. Archived from the original on 5 April 2017. Retrieved 5 April 2017.
  8. ^ "The making of an actor". Archived from the original on 23 August 2011. Retrieved 20 February 2011.
  9. ^ "Actor – Ad Films – India". Boman Irani. Archived from the original on 15 April 2011. Retrieved 20 February 2011.
  10. ^ "Riteish Deshmukh, Boman Irani are IIFA hosts again". Archived from the original on 6 March 2017. Retrieved 6 March 2017.
  11. ^ "Lowe Lintas highlights the 'sweet' side in the life of a diabetic for OneTouch – MullenLowe Lintas Group". Archived from the original on 16 April 2016.
  12. ^ "Boman Irani reveals he will finally make his directorial debut this year: I hope to start by mid-2022". 16 February 2022.
  13. ^ "Boman Irani all set to make directorial debut this year".
  14. ^ "Boman Irani On 'Masoom': "The Love That Has Come By For My Debut Is Overwhelming"". Koimoi. 20 June 2022. Retrieved 22 June 2022.
  15. ^ "FNB News – Boman Irani new brand ambassador of Puri Oil Mills' P Mark mustard oil | FNB News". Archived from the original on 3 June 2018. Retrieved 31 May 2018.
  16. ^ Ghosal, Sutanuka (2014). "Boman Irani signs up as brand ambassador of 'P' mark mustard oil". The Economic Times. Archived from the original on 2 October 2019. Retrieved 31 May 2018.
  17. ^ "Exotica signs Boman Irani as its brand ambassador -". 21 October 2015. Archived from the original on 3 June 2018. Retrieved 31 May 2018.
  18. ^ "Kent RO Systems signs Boman Irani as the brand ambassador". Business Standard. 24 January 2011. Archived from the original on 26 May 2018. Retrieved 31 May 2018.
  19. ^ "Boman Irani brand ambassador of NGO 'Ahead'". Archived from the original on 2 October 2019. Retrieved 31 May 2018.
  20. ^ "Saffola appoints Boman Irani as brand ambassador; launches new TVC". Indian Advertising Media & Marketing News – exchange4media. Retrieved 31 May 2018.
  21. ^ "I.I.M.U.N. || Board of Advisors". Retrieved 17 July 2021.
  22. ^ a b Pioneer, The. "Boman turns mentor". The Pioneer.
  23. ^ a b "Masterclass with Boman Irani". Archived from the original on 14 September 2020.
  24. ^ "Boman Irani clocks in 150 online screenwriting sessions of 'Spiral Bound'".
  25. ^ Archived at Ghostarchive and the Wayback Machine: "Boman Irani opens up on how he came up with Spiral Bound Online Scriptwriting Sessions". YouTube.
  26. ^ "Boman Irani opens up on how he came up with Spiral Bound online scriptwriting sessions [Exclusive]". 3 July 2020.
  27. ^ Archived at Ghostarchive and the Wayback Machine: "Boman Irani on the Art of Screenplay Writing". YouTube.
  28. ^ "Workplaces are still in the closet". Archived from the original on 15 September 2020.
  29. ^ "Boman Irani has a productive lockdown, completes over 50 online screenwriting sessions in quarantine". The Economic Times.
  30. ^ "Boman Irani Tears up as Ram Madhvani Showers Praise on Him". 25 January 2022.
  31. ^ "Boman Irani decodes his characters, reveals how he prepared for 3 Idiots, Khosla Ka Ghosla: 'I find learning lines on set, odd'". 12 February 2022.
  32. ^ "'Maska' review: An interesting premise somehow manages to yield disastrous results". The New Indian Express. Archived from the original on 7 April 2020. Retrieved 14 June 2020.
  33. ^ "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. Archived from the original on 4 October 2020. Retrieved 18 February 2019.
  34. ^ "Boman Irani joins the cast of Ajay Devgn's Mayday". Bollywood Hungama. 29 January 2021. Retrieved 29 January 2021.
  35. ^ "Parineeti Chopra plays the role of a tourist guide in Nepal in Sooraj Barjatya's Uunchai; film shot at world's most DANGEROUS airport". Bollywood Hungama. 9 October 2021. Retrieved 9 October 2021.

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