I’m not cynical enough to say awards don’t mean anything: Boman Irani

On the eve of his birthday, Boman Irani speaks with HT about what he thinks of the special day, his career, awards and success.

bollywood Updated: Nov 30, 2016 18:50 IST
Kavita Awaasthi
Kavita Awaasthi
Hindustan Times
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Boman Irani talks about how his birthday is just another day for him.(HT Photo)

The calm, composed and articulate Boman Irani will ring in his birthday on December 2 with family and friends. The actor doesn’t think his birthday is different from the other days of the year. He says, “You haven’t done much; [you have] only survived a year. It’s a time for people to feel special, as other people come together and make you feel good.” Like on his previous birthdays, some old friends will visit the actor’s place for a party. Boman says, “It’s like an annual ritual where we reminisce, make noise, think we are school boys and eat delicious Parsi food.”

Boman, who is known for his work in film and theatre, has been acting for around 15 years. Ask the actor about the importance awards hold for him, and he says, “The first few years [of my career], when I was nominated and won a few awards, I was very happy. I am not cynical enough to say that they don’t mean anything. Maybe they don’t, but if you didn’t get an award, it doesn’t mean you failed. But I won’t say they are nothing either. At some point, they meant something to me, and they might not mean as much today. But it means a lot to my friends, family and especially my mom. She gets excited when I get an award.”

Boman Irani with his wife, Zenobia Irani and sons, Kayoze Irani and Danesh Irani. Danesh is with his wife, Reah Cama Irani and their son, Ziaan. (Yogen Shah)

Boman has been part of movies such as Munnabhai M.B.B.S. (2003), 3 Idiots (2009), Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi (2012) and Happy New Year (2014) among others, and cherishes the experience of working on every film. Speaking about the most fulfilling experience he has had, the actor says, “With each passing film, you realise that you know so little. Every film teaches you something, and you know that you are not on the top of your game. You think you weren’t good in your last film. Every experience — good or bad — is something one should learn from.”

Boman has had a successful streak so far, but some of his projects haven’t worked. The actor admits that a film’s failure hurts him badly. He says, “I wouldn’t be human if I didn’t [feel hurt]. But I take it as badly as I would appreciate a success. I don’t go nuts about a film succeeding; you get on with it. So, when a film fails, you should move on to your next film. When a film fails, you should learn the lesson about what went wrong, rather than saying that you were good in the film, and that the film didn’t work.”

First Published: Nov 30, 2016 18:49 IST