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Boman Irani

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Boman Irani
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Irani at a promotional event for his film Happy New Year in 2014
Born (1959-12-02) 2 December 1959 (age 61)
Bombay, Bombay State, India
🏳️ NationalityIndian
💼 Occupation
Film actor
Voice artist
Production House Irani Movietone[1]
📆 Years active  1999–present
Notable workMunna Bhai MBBS, Lage Raho Munnabhai,3 Idiots
👩 Spouse(s)Zenobia Irani
👶 Children3, including Kayoze Irani

Boman Irani 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.

Early life[edit]

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.[2] 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.[3] He was promoted and finally worked as a waiter at the rooftop French restaurant, Rendezvous. He worked at the Taj Mahal for two years.[2]


Photography career[edit]

While he was at school, he used to 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.[2] 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.[2]

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.[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 started to dream and live big and provide more for his family. Irani calls it his "zero number bulb moment".[4]

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.[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]

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.[3][5] 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.[3]

Film career[edit]

Irani moved to films 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).[6]

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 (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.[7] 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.[8]


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


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 Rahul's father
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 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 Ruby's father 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 Irfan
2020 Maska Himself[9] Guest appearance
Films / Dramas that are not yet releasedYuvarathnaa Kannada film; Filming
Films / Dramas that are not yet released83 Farokh Engineer Filming[10]


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
2013 Kalakar Awards Award for Best Actor Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi Yes

Brand Ambassador[edit]

Boman Irani has been a brand ambassador of :

See also[edit]


  1. 1.0 1.1 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.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 "Josh talks - Boman Irani". www.youtube.com. Josh talks. Retrieved 30 June 2017.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Boman Irani gets candid". Hindustan Times. Archived from the original on 21 January 2011. Retrieved 20 February 2011. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  4. "From waiter to a rising star: Boman Irani". The GenX Times. Retrieved 5 April 2017.
  5. "The making of an actor". Bomanirani.com. Retrieved 20 February 2011.
  6. "Actor – Ad Films – India". Boman Irani. Retrieved 20 February 2011.
  7. Riteish Deshmukh, Boman Irani are IIFA hosts again
  9. "'Maska' review: An interesting premise somehow manages to yield disastrous results". The New Indian Express.
  10. "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.
  11. "FNB News - Boman Irani new brand ambassador of Puri Oil Mills' P Mark mustard oil | FNB News". www.fnbnews.com. Retrieved 2018-05-31.
  12. Ghosal, Sutanuka (2014). "Boman Irani signs up as brand ambassador of 'P' mark mustard oil". The Economic Times. Retrieved 2018-05-31.
  13. "Exotica signs Boman Irani as its brand ambassador -". www.realtynmore.com. Retrieved 2018-05-31.
  14. Announcement (2011-01-24). "Kent RO Systems signs Boman Irani as the brand ambassador". Business Standard India. Retrieved 2018-05-31.
  15. indiainfoline.com. "Boman Irani brand ambassador of NGO 'AHEAD'". Retrieved 2018-05-31.
  16. "Saffola appoints Boman Irani as brand ambassador; launches new TVC". Indian Advertising Media & Marketing News – exchange4media. Retrieved 2018-05-31.

External links[edit]

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