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Acting responsibly

Actor Boman Irani says playing a simpleton was more difficult than playing an eccentric.

entertainment Updated: Mar 27, 2010 00:38 IST

With two films — Well Done Abba and Hum Tum Aur Ghost — releasing this week, and more such as Crooked, Dostana 2 and Don 2 on the floors, Boman Irani is a busy actor at 52.

“I usually go with roles that I personally find entertaining. But once in a while, there comes along a film that has an important social message and Shyam Benegal’s Well Done Abba has one. I am happy to be involved with such a project that raises social issues,” said Boman about Well Done Abba.

Irani’s presence in a film means guaranteed laughter, but the actor says he did not resort to any absurdities to play Armaan Ali in the film. “Armaan Ali is a common man and he has no eccentricities. The challenge for me was how to make this simple character interesting so that the audiences would identify with him,” said Boman about his character.

The actor said Benegal’s films have a universal appeal. “In Well Done Abba, he has once again found a relevant subject that even youngsters can relate with,” Irani added.

First Published: Mar 26, 2010 18:30 IST