Boman Irani shares his story on Instagram
Boman’s story was covered by Humans Of Bombay and it starts with the actor sharing about his life since childhood. The actor's post reads, “I lost my dad before I was born. He ran a wafer shop & after him, my mom took over. My sisters had school, so my mom had to leave me at the fire temple with the priest’s wife, while she ran the shop.
I watched her fighting alone, for years. Soon I started school, but I had speech & learning disabilities. I remember I had started singing to better my speech. And once at a performance, mom recorded the applause I got. It was so loud! I kept hearing it, it got my confidence back!
I studied science after school, but I’d still take part in theatre & other arts. After college got over, I had to start contributing to the family. So I met the manager of a Taj hotel & asked for work at the rooftop restaurant. He said, ‘To reach the top, you have to start from the bottom.’ So he sent me to work in room service. Only after a year & a half did I become a waiter at that restaurant!
Soon after, my mom met with an accident, so I quit my job & sat at the shop. And before I knew it, 14 years went by -- during that time I met my wife, got married & even had kids. But throughout, something was amiss. So my wife encouraged me to explore.
I loved photography & my dad was a photographer too. So I tried that & after some struggle, I started doing well. At the time, a friend got me to audition for an ad. I did & I got selected! So I decided to pursue it & in a few years, I did over 180 ads & even some popular plays. I was also offered a short film. It had a low budget & was going to be shot on a Handycam, but for me, it was a golden opportunity!
My life changed completely when Vidhu Vinod Chopra saw a clip of the film. He got in touch & asked to meet me. When we met, he gave me a cheque of 2 lakhs to be in his next film. He didn't even have a film yet, but he didn't want me to become famous & not give him dates.
That’s when Munnabhai MBBS happened & at 35, my dream career began. It was unexpected – but I grabbed the opportunity & didn’t let go. It’s been an amazing journey, one that did put me through some turbulence. But through all the good, the bad & the ugly, I learned to keep my hopes up & more than anything, know that it’s never too late.