Wish I could ban the use of phones inside a movie theatre: Boman Irani

  • Satarupa Paul
  • Updated: Jul 10, 2016 09:37 IST
Boman says he can’t get the hang of Snapchat or Tinder. “Even if I got a hang of Tinder, what would I even do there?” he asks (Getty Images)

Actor Boman Irani on jokes he’s bored of hearing, a superpower he wishes he had and the cheesiest thing he has done for his wife.

Birthday: December 2

Sunsign: Sagittarius

Hometown: Mumbai

School/college: St. Mary’s School/Wadia College Pune

First break: Tripped on the stairs and broke my ankle

High Point of your life: Round the corner

Low Point of your life: Is a distant memory

Currently I Am...Decoding style at the Blenders Pride Reserve Collection

What does your name mean?
Great mind

If you could be either an actor or a photographer for the rest of your life, which would you choose and why?
I would choose acting because as an actor I have travelled a lot and I can always carry my camera along with me.

Comic or villains, which do you like playing more?
Someone you’ve known at some point of your life.

One villainous character you wish you’d played.
Messala in Ben-Hur.

Your favourite comedian of all time.
It has to be Bob Hope.

A joke that you’re sick of hearing.
Every single one that I receive in the morning on Whatsapp.

Do you laugh at your own jokes?
Yes I do.

What tickles your funny bone?
Something odd in the most serious of situations.

Who’s the funniest in your family?
My mom.

If you had to make a comedy film on the censor board as it is now, what would you call it?
Beep story.

If you had to roast a celebrity (on stage), who would it be and why?
Farah Khan – she would be the one to laugh the loudest.

A crisis situation in real life that is in fact quite funny.
When my wife rushes everyone to the airport four hours before a flight.

If you could swap lives with a Khan, who would you choose?
Khan Abdul Gaffar Khan.

What do you think of modern dating apps like Tinder?
And what is that?

A romantic gesture that never goes out of fashion.
Holding hands.

The cheesiest thing that you’ve done for your wife.
Thrown a surprise party.

One life lesson you’d give your kids.
Stop worrying about your first million.

A skill you wish you had or could learn.
Playing the piano.

One trendy, young app that you can’t get the hang off.
Snapchat. And Tinder. Even if I got a hang of Tinder, what would I even do there?

One technological advancement you wish you could ban.
The use of phones while watching a movie.

One food aroma that you miss or which makes you nostalgic.
I get nostalgic about food every morning, afternoon and night.

A famous personality you wish to photograph.
Amitabh Bachchan for sure.

If you could invite a comedian, a villain and a photographer for dinner, who would they be? And what would you cook for them?
Johnny Lever, Amrish Puri and Henri Cartier-Bresson. I would cook Parsi Dhansak.

A superpower you wish you had.
Transporting people from one corner to another.

What’s on your bedside table?
Few books, DVDs and the life saving remote control.

An exercise regime you loathe.
Getting out of bed.

The last scene of your biopic would end in...

My Favourites

To de-stress: London

To photograph: South of France

To party: My house and nowhere else

To chill with family: My house and nowhere else

Comfort food for you is Chaat

From HT Brunch, July 10, 2016

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