"I was overjoyed when I was offered the title role in Well Done Abba. I was ready for the role even before I heard the story because you don't ask questions when it is Shyam Benegal's film. It is the chance of a lifetime," he told PTI in an interview.
Irani plays the role of a driver working in Mumbai in the political satire Well Done Abba, which also stars Minnisha Lamba and Ila Arun. It will release on March 26.
However, this was not the first time that the 52-year-old actor, who debuted with a cameo appearance in the SRK-starrer Josh in 2000, was offered a lead role.
Last year he was seen as the protagonist in Little Zizou, a film revolving around the lives of the Parsi community.
"I still reject lead roles as I don't accept any role if I don't find it challenging enough. I am very careful while making selections," the actor said.Irani has proved himself in all kinds of roles, ranging from comedy in Main Hoon Na to that of a villain in Don: The Chase Begins Again. His recent portrayal of Virus in 3 Idiots won him the 'Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award'.