It seems Boman Irani will be an actor the Hindi film industry doesn't get tired of.
The Hindi film industry is known to first discover something and if it hits bull's eye then keep doing it till probably one has got tired of it all. For instance, our filmmakers seem to have found a talented and reliable actor in Boman Irani. He appeared as the abusive father in Rahul Bose' 'Everybody says I'm Fine', then came Ram Madhvani's 'Let's Talk' in which he apparently plays a gamut of emotions and expressions (one hasn't seen the film though), then followed Ram Gopal Varma's production 'Darna Mana Hai' in which he played the weird guest house owner who abhors smoking and would go to any lengths to stop others from using the cancer stick. The latest is the Vidhu Vinod Chopra production, 'Munnabhai MBBS', in which he plays a slightly eccentric, finicky hospital dean who is a stickler for perfection and is even a member of a laughter club as he feels laughter can really cure most problems. Ask him if Bollywood seems to have taken this fancy to him and he shrugs, "I think acting is a job, it remains the same whether you are doing it on stage or TV or films. The camera doesn't change, the lights don't and all you have to do is play a character. That's it. It's just that the Hindi filmmakers seem to be writing good characters and they feel I could play them. So my work essentially remains the same." His criteria though for choosing a particular film is "how interesting the character is going to be and how interesting I can make it and if in the process am I enjoying it otherwise why should I do it?"Talking more on 'Munnabhai MBBS', in which he gets to rub shoulders with veterans like Sunil Dutt he says, "On the first day of my shoot, here I was trying to get a grip of my character, a wee bit nervous, wondering how it will turn out when I know that my co-star for that day is Sunil Duttsaab. Looking at him, I immediately felt relaxed as if he had suddenly lifted the burden off my shoulders. Working with him has been a good experience." Ask him if he found any similarities in work styles of Duttsaab and Sanjay Dutt who for the first time are being paired together in the film and he says, "Not really though Duttsaab told me Sanju was more like his mother, Nargisji as she would joke around minutes before the shot and would transform into the character the minute the camera was switched on. Sanju too was like her who worked in that switch on switch off mode."Irani plays Dr J Asthana, the dean of the hospital where Munnabhai works as a doctor. "He's a disciplinarian but because of this very quality there are times when he cuts a sorry figure. He also believes in laughter therapy and finds it as an immediate cure to his short temper."Tell him you felt his character, as the eerie guesthouse owner in 'Darna Mana Hai' was quite something and he chuckles, "Yeah, that was a bizarre role. When I first heard about it, I didn't know how best I could portray a character of someone who could go to any lengths to prevent someone from smoking. His justification is that he's doing a good thing but the extent to which he can go… It's something like our politicians who in the name of doing good things for our country and to save her from despair are actually doing more harm…"Besides Munnabhai, Irani will also be seen in some big star-cast films like Farah Khan's 'Main Hoon Na' in which he plays a principal, then there is his role as Hrithik Roshan's father in Farhan Akhtar's 'Lakhsya', Ram Gopal Varma's 'Murder at Shri Krishna Building' "in which I play an investigative cop and then there is this film in which I have a delightful role of a Punjabi land grabber called 'Khosla Ka Ghosla'." And last but not the least his role in Rahul da Cunha's play long running, acclaimed play, 'I'm Not Bajirao'. "That's a role in which I'm still discovering new aspects, new facets." Hopefully Boman Irani will be an actor the Hindi film industry doesn't get tired of.