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TV a part of viewer's day-to-day life, film is one-time experience: Boman Irani

The 57 year-old actor says that even though the reach of television is bigger, the impact of films is greater.


Actor Boman Irani, who has dabbled in the world of photography, theatre and films, has been a part of reality TV shows too. But he has not worked in a daily soap. He says the reach of TV is far greater than films, but at the same time points out that films have a much greater impact.

Irani is known for his performances in films like Munna Bhai M.B.B.S.(2003), Main Hoon Na (2004), Page 3 (2005), Being Cyrus (2005), Khosla Ka Ghosla! (2006), Don 2 (2011), 3 Idiots (2009) and Jolly LLB (2013).

"Television becomes a part of the viewer's day-to-day life, while a film is a one-time experience. In terms of reach, TV is bigger, but the impact of films is definitely greater," the 57-year-old actor told IANS in an email interaction.

A lot of veteran actors like Ratna Pathak Shah, Supriya Pathak and Anil Kapoor have started exploring the small screen. Asked if he would like to work in a content-driven show, Irani said, "Absolutely, my focus is on creating remarkable content; I'm not very fixated on the medium."

How about directing a show to bring about change in the content being shown on TV today?

"I have worked in Hindi films for the last 12 years and I am very well acquainted with the finer nuances of the trade. Direction will be the natural next step in my learning graph. However, at this stage I am not sure if it is a TV show or a film that I would like to direct, but yes, that's definitely a possibility for the future," said Irani.

Acting has been his passion since his school and college days. Irani trained under acting coach Hansraj Siddhia from 1981 to 1983 and adopted professional acting methods, bringing them into practise in plays like Family Ties, Mahatma vs Gandhi and I am not Bajirao.

According to the actor, the world of theatre has experienced a lot of advancements over time and the medium is now attracting larger crowds and enthusiasts.

"Plays have become more open and experimental. But the spirit of theatre remains the same, and there are very few experiences that teach you as much," Irani said.

Hailing stage life as more real, Irani stressed that the medium has "no retakes".

"It's your moment in front of your audience and you have to get it right. There is a certain kind of freedom and openness to theatre. You can depict different emotions without being confined to conventionally popular styles or expressions. Theatre has helped me create my own style and has been my training ground for my career in films," said Irani, who can fluently speak in various languages including, English, Hindi, Gujarati, Bengali and Marathi.

Several actors and actresses from theatre have made their marks on the big screen including, Naseeruddin Shah, the late Om Puri, Shabana Azmi, Ratna Pathak Shah, Seema Biswas, Pankaj Kapoor, Irrfan Khan, Saurabh Shukla, Anupam Kher and Paresh Rawal.

When asked if he thinks all actors should at least once work in plays, maybe for a few months, to understand what exactly acting is, Irani replies, "Probably! However, we do have to understand that every actor is unique, as each one draws inspiration and learning from different sources. I learnt from theatre, some actors learn from real life situations or through osmosis, while some are just naturals. It can't be a one-size-fits-all approach."

Irani will next be seen in Abhishek Sharma's Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran, which is slated to be released in 2018.