I was the first person to do stand up comedy in English: Boman Irani

  • PTI, Mumbai
  • Updated: Apr 21, 2016 19:07 IST
Boman Irani and Neha Dhupia during a press conference to promote their upcoming film Santa Banta Pvt. Ltd in New Delhi. (IANS)

Over the years Boman Irani has made a mark for himself with a solid command in comedy films, but the actor revealed that much before he entered Bollywood, he used to be a stand up comedian.

Boman started doing stand-up in English nearly 20 years ago, which required him to travel to places like Nepal for shows. “I was the first person to do stand up comedy in English. This was some about 18 years ago. I used to go to small clubs, restaurants and venues and perform in front of 100, 250 people for almost a hour and half. I used to travel often for this, I used to also do stand up for hotels in Nepal,” Boman told PTI in an interview here.

The 56-year-old actor, known for his comic roles in movies like Munna Bhai MBBS, 3 Idiots and Happy New Year, has no intentions of doing stand-up again as it is a full time job and feels the new generation of stand up comedians is really good. “These kids today are very good. Stand up is a full-time job. You have to work on a material everyday. I am working on my characters in films so I can’t split the time. The new generation of stand up comedians are fantastic. They are fresh and they surprise you a lot,” he said.

“It is not about your comic timing but your take on reality. How do you see the absurd in the serious. They are seeing it very well, I am most impressed. I watch a lot of clips and message them,” the Khosla ka Ghosla actor added.

The actor will be next seen sharing screen space with another stand up comedian-actor, Vir Das in Santa Banta Pvt Ltd.

Boman Irani, Neha Dhupia, Vir Das and producer Akashdeep Sabir during a press conference to promote their upcoming film Santa Banta Pvt. Ltd in New Delhi on April 20, 2016. (IANS)

Boman says it was very important for him to talk to Vir before signing the film as comedy often requires actors to be on the same page and not try to be competitive. “To work with an actor with whom you have never worked before is always a little tricky. With him, there was age difference, or may be style difference. I took him to the side and asked him if he had liked the role...Because if we are going to be on two different pages and if there was any competitiveness, this film won’t work,” he said.

“I told him, I want you to trust me, and if you are okay with it, I will trust you. It’s like running between the wickets. If your team mate calls, you have to run. You can’t say ‘no I am looking for my century’.”

Watch: Boman, Vir in Santa Banta Pvt Ltd trailer

Directed by Akashdeep Sabir, Santa Banta Pvt Ltd also stars Lisa Haydon, Neha Dhupia, and Johnny Lever among others. The film releases tomorrow.

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