Birthday: December 2
High point of your life: When I bought my first house
Sun sign: Sagittarius
Low point of your life: Suffering through a bad film
Place of birth: Aamchi Mumbai
Hometown: Aamchi Mumbai
In films: Let’s Talk (2002).
In Hindi films: Munnabhai M.B.B.S. (2003)
School/college: St Mary’s, Mumbai; Wadia College, Pune
Currently doing: Hosting the second season of Achievers’ Club on Star World
Your one stereotypical Parsi trait.
I get scared when I think I’m going to miss my flight. I get obsessed when I actually miss a flight.
Can you still make wafers (Irani once owned a wafer shop)?
I make brilliant wafers. You have to make them on a high flame and get the timing [of the frying] right.
What do you think being married to Farah Khan would be like?
In the film [Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi], it was wonderful. In real life, I think it’s better to be her friend.
The thing nobody knows about Bollywood.
Everybody gets upset when a film doesn’t do well.
How does one compliment a woman without sounding desperate?
By noticing every change.
The one thing about your new film, Jolly LLB, that the trailer doesn’t tell us.
How much we got paid.
Your best Bollywood buddy.
The one thing all men should know about women.
Her age. But don’t ask her!
Five very, very funny movies.
Golmaal (1979), The Odd Couple (1968), The Front Page (1974), Some Like It Hot (1959) and Hera Pheri (2000).
Arshad Warsi in one word.
The best thing about Mumbai.
It’s much safer than other metros.
The weirdest food combination that actually tastes pretty good.
Chilli ice cream doesn’t taste bad. But I wouldn’t eat it again.
The coolest chick in Bollywood.
The one thing nobody tells you about marriage.
Don’t [get married]. And that the happy guys make jokes about how unhappy they are.
Ugliest hot girl in Bollywood? Riteish Deshmukh in Apna Sapna Money Money
The funniest knock knock joke you’ve heard.
Knock knock. Who’s there? Mehmood. Mehmood who? Mai mood main nahi hoon.
What is the best thing about photography?
It’s very difficult to imitate.
The one thing you don’t understand in life.
How people don’t realise how significantly small they are in the scheme of things.
The best thing about being the father of grown-up kids.
You don’t have to go out to have fun.
Anything/anybody you like on TV?
Rarely, only in passing. But I like Surekha Sikri, Aamna Sharif and Rajeev Khandelwal.
5 steps to make people laugh
Try not to be funny
Make a joke about yourself
Don’t laugh at your own joke
But make sure it’s a good joke
If nobody laughs, leave the room
From HT Brunch, March 3
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