Boman Irani, born on 2nd December 1959 in Mumbai, 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. 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 is a Parsi and follows the religion of Zoroastrianism. He speaks English, Hindi, Gujarati, Bengali and Marathi fluently. He is also a member of the Parsee Television Actors Community and is also its Secretary. He is married to Zenobia, with whom he has two sons, Danesh and Kayoze.
Boman 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 roles in films like Main Hoon Na, Lage Raho Munna Bhai, Dostana, Khosla Ka Ghosla, Waqt: The Race Against Time, No Entry, 3 Idiots. He has played supporting in Veer-Zaara, Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara, Lakshya, Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd., Sorry Bhai!, Page 3, My Wife's Murder and also seen in negative roles in Don: The Chase Begins Again , Don 2: The King Is Back and Eklavya, Housefull 1 and 2 and Tezz.
He made his solo debut in the film Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi with choreographer Farah Khan. He also starred as one of the main lead in 'Jolly LLB' with actor Arshad Warsi.
Irani also hosted the IIFA Awards together with actor Riteish Deshmukh in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 in Toronto.