One can't forget the candid and witty Dr. J. Asthana of Munna Bhai MBBS. His unexpected giggles and his laughter therapy got Boman Irani much deserved and hitherto elusive recognition.
Irani says that although his interests include photography, theatre and even singing, it is acting that gives him a real kick. "I believe there is much acting left in me and I have not yet planned a career when the actor in me burns out."
Although his comic roles have been much appreciated, he wants to explore other character roles. "I love playing grey shades or an out-and-out villainous character," says Irani, who was here for an entertainment show.
In his upcoming movie Khosla Ka Ghosla Irani is playing a villian. "People who have enjoyed watching me in Munna Bhai will definitely love Khosla Ka Ghosla," he said.
Commenting on his roles in forthcoming sequel to Munna Bhai titled Lage Raho Munna Bhai and Farhan Akthar's Don, Irani says, "You won't find Dr. J. Asthana this time, as I am playing a character of a builder and he is also a comical character. In Don all I can tell you is that I am playing the same role of an inspector that was played by Iftekharji.
" Irrespective of box-office response, every film I do is special for me," he says. "What is really important is enjoying your own work and having faith in your abilities and your director," he adds.
On the kind of films made these days and changing cinema, Irani says, "I think it is one of the best times in Indian cinema where we have category of films. There are films made just for multiplex cinemas or for those who love art movies, there are films for what we call having universal appeal and then there are films for front-benchers."
Irani says that our cinema is in no way lagging behind Hollywood in terms of technology.
As far as young directors, writers and actors are concerned we have enough of them now to compete with any cinema, he says.
In his opinion Rajpal Yadav and Paresh Rawal are the finest actors and comedians in the recent times
"The way they portray their characters in their films be it is a witty or serious character they are always natural with it. The best thing in their acting is that both of them while playing their character look natural and effortless," he says.