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Boman Irani on Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi : He’s a real life hero like Batman

Actor Boman Irani, who plays the role of Kailash Satyarthi in the latter’s biopic, says the role brought along a sense of responsibility for him.

bollywood Updated: Oct 29, 2017 15:17 IST
Samarth Goyal
Samarth Goyal
Hindustan Times
Boman Irani will be playing the role of Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi in Jhalki.
Boman Irani will be playing the role of Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi in Jhalki.

Actor Boman Irani, who will be playing the role of Kailash Satyarthi in the film Jhalki, says the Nobel Laureate is similar to the popular comic superhero, Batman. The 57-year-old actor feels that Satyarthi has, just like the caped crusader, done unbelievable things in pulling people out of “darkness”.

“We all do our bit for, and try to improve the society. So, we are all social workers. But Kailash Satyarthi is not just another social worker. He is more than that. He is a real life hero, just like Batman. What he has done is more than doing social work. He has put his life on the line to pull people out of the darkness, very similar to what Batman does,” says Boman.

The actor reveals why he immediately said yes when he was offered the part. “As soon as it was offered to me, I said a ‘yes’. It was a very impulsive decision. The reason is that this man’s (Kailash Satyarthi) story needs to be told. People should know about the work he has done, and the problems he faced while doing it all. And despite that he pulled through, and still continues to do his bit,” he adds.

Playing such roles comes with a sense of responsibility, and that’s a challenge that Boman loves to take on. “ As an actor, you should be responsible for every role that you are playing. But yes, there’s a [greater] sense of responsibility that comes with this role. It was a very short stint , but even in that short space of time, I understood a lot about the man. I came to feel that he needs to be celebrated like a hero, and people should know about such real life heroes, just like they do about Batman,” he says.

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First Published: Oct 29, 2017 15:17 IST