For Boman Irani comedy is not a preference, even though he evokes quite a few laughs from the audience in films such as 3 Idiots, Jolly LLB, Khosla Ka Ghosla and Munnabhai M.B.B.S. where the characters aren’t comic, he said.
„In 3 Idiots Viru Sahastrabuddhe is a very dark person. There are no jokes in that character. His meanness led to a boy’s death is that a comedic character?” Irani told MAIL TODAY. „In Khosla Ka Ghosla Kishan Khurana, again, is a very dark character too. He’s seeing people squirming when he takes their land and tells them to shove off and do whatever they can. He is a nasty crook you want to see perish. If the audience wants to laugh, they can. I don’t want to make them laugh. It’s their problem.”
Irani added his latest character Dr. Vardhi in Made In China is a non-comic character. „It’s either a ha-ha’ kind of comedy like Total Dhamaal or something like Made In China, which is a comedy but the character is extremely serious about what he’s saying,” he explained.
He, however, doesn’t have an aversion to playing out-and-out funny characters. In fact he was to be part of Diwali blockbuster Housefull 4 but had to drop out as he had scheduling issues. Some of his most interesting characters have been comic, he agreed.
„Sometimes you play for comedy, you can even call it a caricature, slapstick. It’s fun and it’s meant to be because that is the tonality of the film. But in films like Made In China or 3 Idiots or Khosla Ka Ghosla and other films you might think were comedy for me I think I play them for the truthfulness of the character and sometimes I’m surprised people are laughing in the theatre. You never know when the audience will laugh. But when you crack a joke, the joke should work,” he added.
But he said it’s a great time to be in the industry in the age of millennials. As an actor, he says, there’ll be so much of good work in the next couple of years.
„You just saw how these young people are showering me with love [referring to Made In China co-stars Rajkummar Rao and Mouni Roy]. When you start out as an actor, you are looking for praise. But now all that I’m looking for is love and if I get it in dollops like now, I’m the luckiest guy,” Irani said. „However, it doesn’t mean that you do not act or work to make your work praiseworthy. My want is now different. I want to enjoy with young new actors. Even though I didn’t work with Mouni, we did a song together. I’ve found her to be so loving. Raj is such a great young talent who is changing the face of how a leading man should be.”
Irani has proved himself as an actor in several films but now is challenging himself by taking on direction after writing a script. That’s because, he says, after a point experience alone doesn’t work. One needs to constantly educate oneself.
„I think the fun is when you gain experience, you think things will get easier. Experience anyone can get even a donkey. I think it’s good to be a student all your life. If I’m not challenged at this age, I will only be tapping into my experience. I can do it with my eyes closed, but what’s the fun in that? For example, you play games on the phone right? When you pass level one and go to level two, would you like to play level one again? I want challenge. I like challenge. I like to be scared. I want to think will I or won’t I be able to do it?”
Irani is quite active on social media. But he says it’s „a double- edged sword”.
„I never like to spread any kind of anger or despondency on social media. There are enough grumblers in the world and I don’t want to add to the grumbling. If I can add some kind of positivity without being preachy, without sending the good morning’ wishes with the sun and flowers that’s more than enough,” he said.