Boman Irani

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Boman Irani
Boman Irani.jpg
Born (1959-12-02) 2 December 1959 (age 57)[1]
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Nationality Indian
Occupation Film actor
voice actor
Years active 2000–present
Spouse(s) Zenobia Irani
Children Danesh and Kayoze Irani (son)

Boman Irani (born 2 December 1959) is an Indian film and theatre actor, voice artist and photographer. He is widely known for his comedic and villain roles in Bollywood films such as Don, Munna Bhai MBBS, 3 Idiots, Happy New Year, PK and Dilwale.

Early life[edit]

Irani was born on 2 December 1959, in Mumbai. He finished his schooling in St. Mary's School, Mumbai. He is a graduate of Mithibai College in Mumbai. After his polytechnic diploma course, he joined the Taj Mahal Palace & Tower and worked there as a waiter and room service staff.[2] Thereafter, he joined his mother to run their ancestral bakery shop between Novelty and Apsara Cinema in South Mumbai.[citation needed]

Irani turned to photography in 1987 and continued until he became an actor.[citation needed]


Irani began his acting career in theatre and moved to films in 2000. Irani gained attention for his role in the 2003 comedy Munna Bhai M.B.B.S.. 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.

Theatre career[edit]

Acting had been a passion to Irani during school and college days. He trained under acting coach Hansraj Siddhia from 1981 to 1983 and adopted professional acting methods. Irani preferred British theatre, and he soon developed different accents.[citation needed]

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.[2][3] 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 till date has been I am not Bajirao which ran for 10 years.[2]

Film career[edit]

Irani started out in a number of advertisements like Fanta, Ceat and Krackjack biscuits (as Mr. Jack of the Krack and Jack duo).[4]

His small but significant role in Darna Mana Hai earned him acclaim. The film didn't fare too well, but his was one of the most remembered segments of the film along with Saif Ali Khan. With Munna Bhai M.B.B.S., Irani became popular. His role as J. Asthana earned him a Filmfare Award nomination for Best Comedian. His comic as well as minor antagonist type role in 3 Idiots is also still remembered. Irani has appeared in many comedic (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 (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 Macau, 2010 Colombo and 2011 in Toronto.[5] 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.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Boman Irani is an Irani and follows the religion of Zoroastrianism. He speaks English, Hindi, Gujarati, Bengali 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.[citation needed]


     skyBlue indicates unreleased films
Year Film Role Notes
2001 Everybody Says I'm Fine! Mr. Mittal
2002 Let's Talk Nikhil
2003 Darna Mana Hai Hotel owner
2003 Boom Diamond Dealer Cameo Appearance
2003 Munnabhai M.B.B.S. Dr. J. C. Asthana Nominated, Filmfare Best Comedian Award
2004 Main Hoon Na Principal Nominated, Filmfare Best Comedian Award
2004 Lakshya Mr. Shergill
2004 Veer-Zaara Jahangir Hayaat Khan
2005 Page 3 Deepak Suri
2005 Waqt: The Race Against Time Natu
2005 My Wife's Murder Inspector Tejpal Randhawa
2005 No Entry Minister P.J. Gupta
2005 Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara Public Prosecutor
2005 Home Delivery: Aapko... Ghar Tak Michael Burnett / Santa Claus
2005 Kal: Yesterday and Tomorrow Yashwant Dayal
2005 Bluffmaster Dr. Bhalerao
2005 Mr Prime Minister
2005 Being Cyrus Farokh Sethna
2006 Shaadi Se Pehle Dr Rustam
2006 Pyare Mohan Tony Alias Dholakia
2006 Yun Hota To Kya Hota DCP Special appearance
2006 Lage Raho Munna Bhai Lucky Singh Nominated, Filmfare Best Villain Award
2006 Khosla Ka Ghosla Kishen Khurana
2006 Don - The Chase Begins Again DCP DeSilva / Vardhaan
2007 Eklavya: The Royal Guard Rana Jayawardhan
2007 Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd. Oscar Fernandes
2007 Heyy Babyy Bharat Sahni
2007 Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal Tony Singh
2008 Woodstock Villa
2008 Love Story 2050 Professor Yatin Khanna / Uncle Ya
2008 Kismat Konnection Rajiv Batra Guest appearance
2008 Rishton Ki Machine
2008 Dostana M (Murali)
2008 Yuvvraaj Dr P.K. Banton
2008 Sorry Bhai! Navin
2008 Maharathi AD Merchant
2009 Luck by Chance Dinaz Aziz Cameo Appearance
2009 Little Zizou Boman Pressvala
2009 99 Rahul
2009 Kambakkht Ishq Doctor Cameo Appearance
2009 Perfect Mismatch Mr. Patel
2009 Fruit and Nut Maharaja Harry Holkar
2009 Durbar
2009 Front Page
2009 3 Idiots Viru Sahastrabuddhe (Virus) Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor
2009 Mungilal Rocks
2010 Well Done Abba Arman Ali / Rahman Ali
2010 Teen Patti Special Appearance
2010 Hum Tum Aur Ghost Kapoor
2010 Mirch Asu Hotmal
2010 Jaane Kahan Se Aayi Hai Special Appearance
2010 Housefull Batukbhai Patel
2011 F.A.L.T.U Principal Sharma Special Appearance
2011 Game O. P. Ramsay
2011 Love Breakups Zindagi Sheila's Dad Cameo Appearance
2011 Don 2: The King is Back Vardhaan Nominated, IIFA Award for Best Performance in a Negative Role
2012 Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu Rahul's father
2012 Housefull 2 Batook Patel
2012 Tezz Sanjay Raina
2012 Ferrari Ki Sawaari Deboo
2012 Cocktail Randhir kapoor(Randy)
2012 Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi Farhad
2012 Student of the Year Harkishan Sanan Guest Appearance
2013 Jolly LLB Advocate Rajpal as star advocate in film
2013 Attarintiki Daredi Raghu Nandan Telugu film
2014 Youngistaan Prime Minister Dashrath Kaul Guest appearance
2014 Bhoothnath Returns Bhausaheb
2014 Happy New Year Tehmton Irani (Tammy)
2014 PK Cherry Bajwa
2015 Bengal Tiger Ashok Gajapathi Telugu film
2015 Dilwale King
2016 Santa Banta Pvt Ltd Santheshwar Singh Solaid/ Santa
2016 Housefull 3 Batuk Patel
2016 The Legend of Michael Mishra Fp
2016 Ventilator Doctor Marathi Film


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
2010 Filmfare Award Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award 3 Idiots Yes
2010 IIFA Award IIFA Award for Best Performance in a Negative Role 3 Idiots Yes
2013 Kalakar Awards Award for Best Actor Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi Yes


  1. ^ Pacheco, Sunitra (2 December 2014). "Actor Boman Irani turns 55". The Indian Express. Retrieved 23 April 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c "Boman Irani gets candid". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 20 February 2011. 
  3. ^ "The making of an actor". Retrieved 20 February 2011. 
  4. ^ "Actor – Ad Films – India". Boman Irani. Retrieved 20 February 2011. 
  5. ^ Riteish Deshmukh, Boman Irani are IIFA hosts again[permanent dead link]

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