Boman Irani is an Indian film and theatre actor and photographer. Irani began his acting career in theatre and moved to film in 2000 at the age of 44 with a role in Josh. Irani gained attention for his role in the 2003 comedy Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. He later appeared in Lage Raho Munna Bhai for which he received several IIFA award nominations and in 3 Idiots opposite Aamir Khan which earned him a Filmfare Award and a Star Screen Award.
Irani was born into a Parsi family on 2 October 1959 in Mumbai. He use to live in Nagpada Sanvi near Bombay Central
He is a graduate of Mithibai College in Mumbai. After his Polytechnic Diploma Course, he joined the Taj Mahal Palace & Tower and worked there as a room service staff. Thereafter, he joined his mother to run their ancestral bakery shop between Novelty and Apsara Cinema in South Mumbai.
At the same time he also established an Uncle Chips franchise in Dadar which ran until 1986 before shutting down owing to a loss.
Irani turned to photography in 1987 and continued until 1989. He is a professional photographer.
Irani started out in a number of advertisements like Fanta, Ceat and Krackjack biscuits (‘As Mr. Jack of the Krack and Jack duo’).
It was with Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. that Irani became really popular. His role as J. Asthana earned him a Filmfare Award nomination for Best Comedian. Since then Irani has essayed many comedic, (Main Hoon Na, Lage Raho Munna Bhai, Dostana, Khosla Ka Ghosla, Waqt: The Race Against Time, No Entry, 3 Idiots), supporting (Veer-Zaara, Maine Gandhi ko Nahin Mara, Lakshya, Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd., Sorry Bhai!, Page 3, My Wife’s Murder), and negative roles in (Don – The Chase Begins Again and Eklavya).
Irani also hosted the IIFA Awards together with actor Riteish Deshmukh in 2008 and 2009.He has also been on Kaun Banega Crorepati with Sanjay Dutt.