One of Bollywood's most versatile actors, Boman Irani turns 59 today. Known for his iconic performances in films like 3 Idiots, Munna Bhai series, Don, Housefull amongst others, the actor never fails to impress us with his acting prowess. While most of the star kids begin prepping up for their debut vehicles in their teens, Boman broke all stereotypes and faced the camera for the first time at the age of 42.
Boman Irani was dyslexic and had ADHD and had a lisp. He eventually undercome his lisp and proved that nothing can stop you from chasing your dreams if you have a strong will power and determination. On his 59th birthday today, here is some interesting facets about Boman's life in his own words-
How Boman Overcame His Speech Defect
"When I was a kid, I was very afraid to speak, because I had a speech defect. So because of that, I never spoke, and everyone used to feel very sorry for me.
It was always the neighbour's mum, because she wants her kid to look better than me, she used to call me Bechara Boman. And since that day, I used to be called Bechara Boman.
I kept saying, what's wrong with me? But there's nothing wrong with me, there's something wrong with you! Because the moment I came out of my shell, I haven't shut up since."
Boman On How His Mom Helped Him To Recognize His Dreams
"My mum wanted me to go see an Alfred Hitchcock film, I was only 11. She said go see it, I said but they're not letting me in. She wrote a letter to the manager saying ‘I have no problem with my son seeing this film'. Can you imagine. She used to make me go watch movies every single day.
And that ended up becoming my way to come out of my shell, and converting my shyness into boldness: the stage, the theatre," he said. "My big victory was the day I took the stage for the first time: my voice rang out, all my shyness was gone. This is what theatre, the stage, does for you."
A Humble Begining
When Boman couldn't get into any college because of his grades, he decided to become a waiter, and headed to the Taj Hotel, because if he was going to be a waiter, he wanted to be "the best damn waiter he could be".
Later, he used to work at a potato chip shop named Golden Wafers, which was started by his grandfather when he moved to India from Iran.
The First Break
After working in plays for many years, Vidhu Vinod Chopra spotted him and after much persuasion from both him and Rajkumar Hirani, Boman agreed to do Munnabhai M.B.B.S and Bollywood found a rare gem.