Happy Birthday Boman Irani From a waiter to Munna Bhai’s Dr Asthana, his inspiring journey to Bollywood
Happy Birthday Boman Irani The photographer-turned-actor made his Bollywood debut at the age of 41. He has done remarkable films like 3 Idiots, Munna Bhai series, Don, Housefull and Khosla Ka Ghosla.
While every other star kid begins gearing up for a Bollywood debut right in their teens, Boman Irani faced the camera for the first time at the age of 42. The maverick actor, whose life has been a total mixed bag of aspirations and ways to fulfill them, can be an inspiration to any age group. As the powerful performer turns 58 today, we look back at his journey to understand why Boman had no qualms about being a waiter and even running a family shop, until he found his real calling – camera!
Boman has confessed to having multiple issues while growing up. He had a speech problem, he used to lisp. He suffered from dyslexia and wasn’t great at academics too. He found a job as a waiter at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel and worked there for two years. But certain issues at home led to him managing his family shop which he did for 14 long years, until he thought there was more he had to explore and bought a camera.
Starting from a clicking a photograph for Rs 25 to getting 300 dollars for each, Boman soon found his calling. But a chance meeting with choreographer Shiamak Davar introduced him to theatre. After doing plays for several years, Vidhu Vinod Chopra spotted him and after much persuasion from both him and Rajkumar Hirani, Boman agreed to do Munnabhai M.B.B.S.
Apart from being a professional photographer, voice-over artiste and even a singer, Boman has been a part of Bollywood for the past 17 years now. He has worked in films like 3 Idiots, Main Hoon Na, Veer-Zaara, Lakshya, No Entry, Bluffmaster, Being Cyrus, Don, Jolly LLB, Khosla Ka Ghosla, Housefull and Happy New Year, apart from Munnabhai series.