Boman Irani

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Boman Irani
Boman Irani.jpg
Born (1959-12-02) 2 December 1959 (age 61)
  • Actor
  • voice artist
  • photographer
Years active2001–present
Spouse(s)Zenobia Irani
Children3, including Kayoze Irani

Boman Irani (born 2 December 1959) is an Indian actor, voice artist, and photographer who works in Hindi films and theatre. 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 numerous highly successful productions including Main Hoon Na (2004), Veer-Zaara (2004), No Entry (2005), Don (2006), Heyy Babyy (2007), Kismat Konnection (2008), 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 launched his production house Irani Movietone on 24 January 2019.[1]

Early life[edit]

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 (born 18 November 1926 and died at the age of 94 on 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 career[edit]

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 career[edit]

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 career[edit]

Irani moved to on-screen acting in 2000. He started out in a number of advertisements such as Fanta, Ceat and Krackjack 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]


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

Brand ambassador[edit]

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.).[18]

Spiral Bound[edit]

Spiral Bound is a learning opportunity for budding writers, amateur and professional from different walks of life to unite and learn the nuances of screenwriting.[19]

Spiral Bound was born at the launch party of Irani Movie Tone in 2019.[20]
The first workshop of ‘Spiral Bound' was conducted by screenwriter Alexander Dinelaris, who penned the Academy Award-winning film Birdman[21]

A Session at Spiral Bound.jpg

The extension of that workshop was supposed to have a second round in 2020 which couldn’t happen due to the lockdown, However, later the lockdown turned out to be a perfect opportunity to do Spiral Bound virtually to date this unique initiative has clocked more than 200 interactive screenwriting sessions.[20][22] Boman Irani opens up on how he came up with Spiral Bound Online Scriptwriting Sessions [23][24] Boman Irani on the Art of Screenplay Writing [25]

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[26] [21][27]


Films / Dramas that are not yet released Denotes films / dramas that are not yet released
Year Film Role Notes
2001 Everybody Says I'm Fine! Mr. Mittal
2002 Let's Talk Nikhil
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
Lakshya Mr. Sanjeev Shergill
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
Bluffmaster Dr. Bhalerao
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
2008 Woodstock Villa
Love Story 2050 Professor Yatin Khanna / Uncle Ya
Kismat Konnection Rajiv Batra Guest appearance
Rishton Ki Machine
Dostana M (Murali)
Yuvvraaj Dr P.K. Banton
Sorry Bhai! Navin
Maharathi AD Merchant
2009 Luck by Chance Dinaz Aziz Cameo appearance
Little Zizou Boman Pressvala
99 Rahul
Kambakkht Ishq Doctor Cameo appearance
Perfect Mismatch Mr. Patel
Fruit and Nut Maharaja Harry Holkar
Front Page
3 Idiots Viru Sahastrabuddhe (Virus, Dean) Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor
Mungilal Rocks
2010 Well Done Abba Arman Ali / Rahman Ali
Teen Patti Special appearance
Hum Tum Aur Ghost Kapoor
Mirch Asu Hotmal
Jaane Kahan Se Aayi Hai Special appearance
Housefull Batuk Patel
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 Mr. Kapoor
Housefull 2 Batuk Patel
Tezz Sanjay Raina
Ferrari Ki Sawaari Deboo
Cocktail Randhir kapoor(Randy)
Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi Farhad
Student of the Year Harkishan Sanan Guest Appearance
2013 Jolly LLB Advocate Rajpal
Attarintiki Daredi Raghu Nandan Telugu film
2014 Youngistaan Prime Minister Dashrath Kaul Guest appearance
Bhoothnath Returns Bhausaheb
Happy New Year Tehmton Irani (Tammy)
PK Cherry Bajwa
2015 Bengal Tiger CM Ashok Gajapathi Telugu film
Dilwale King
2016 Santa Banta Pvt Ltd Santheshwar Singh Solaid/ Santa
Housefull 3 Batuk Patel
The Legend of Michael Mishra Fp
Ventilator Doctor Marathi film
2017 FU: Friendship Unlimited Makarand's (Mak's) father
2018 Agnyaathavaasi Govind Bhargav alias Vinda Telugu film
Naa Peru Surya, Naa Illu India Col. Sanjay Shrivastav
Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran Himanshu Shukla
Sanju Capt. Homi Irani and Himself
Welcome to New York Mr. Garry
Khajoor Pe Atke Abhishek
2019 Total Dhamaal Commissioner Shamsher "Don" Singh
PM Narendra Modi Industrialist Ratan Tata
Jhalki Kailash Satyarthi
Kaappaan Rajan Mahadev Tamil film
Made in China Dr. Vardhi
Drive Irrfan
2020 Maska Himself[28] Guest appearance
2021 Films / Dramas that are not yet released83 Farokh Engineer Completed[29]
2022 Films / Dramas that are not yet releasedMayday TBA Filming[30]


Year Award Show Award Film Won
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


  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. ^ MumbaiJune 9, Vibha Maru; June 9, 2021UPDATED; Ist, 2021 19:44. "Boman Irani mourns mother Jerbanoo Irani's death, says she will always be a star". India Today. Retrieved 9 June 2021.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  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.
  12. ^ "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.
  13. ^ 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.
  14. ^ "Exotica signs Boman Irani as its brand ambassador -". Archived from the original on 3 June 2018. Retrieved 31 May 2018.
  15. ^ Announcement (24 January 2011). "Kent RO Systems signs Boman Irani as the brand ambassador". Business Standard. Archived from the original on 26 May 2018. Retrieved 31 May 2018.
  16. ^ "Boman Irani brand ambassador of NGO 'AHEAD'". Archived from the original on 2 October 2019. Retrieved 31 May 2018.
  17. ^ "Saffola appoints Boman Irani as brand ambassador; launches new TVC". Indian Advertising Media & Marketing News – exchange4media. Retrieved 31 May 2018.
  18. ^ "I.I.M.U.N. || Board of Advisors". Retrieved 17 July 2021.
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  28. ^ "'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.
  29. ^ "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.
  30. ^ "Boman Irani joins the cast of Ajay Devgn's Mayday". Bollywood Hungama. 29 January 2021. Retrieved 29 January 2021.

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