Friendship core of any father-son relationship-Boman Irani
Boman Irani says the story of FKSwas so compelling that no one missed not having a heroine in the film
Harshada Rege (BOMBAY TIMES; June 19, 2012)
Boman Irani is excited to the way people have reacted to his character in Ferrari Ki Sawaari. The actor says he wants to enjoy these moments.
So you went to watch the movie with the aam janta…
Yes, I’ve been to the theatres twice and it’s been an amazing experience. Any movie begins as a private endeavour and suddenly one Friday, it becomes public. This has been an overwhelming weekend. I feel great and am going to take my time to savour this phase instead of rushing through it.
The movie doesn’t have a heroine. Did the thought ever strike you?
It didn’t. When I heard the story that didn’t occur to me at all because the story was so compelling. And I think that’s the way the audience has reacted to it too. If you have a great story, it doesn’t matter whether a certain stock character is missing from it.
You play a Parsi man in FKS. Were there any real-life references that you looked at for this role?
The character is not inspired by any particular person. An actor has to understand the mindset of the character. This guy is really frustrated and doesn’t want his grandson to go through the same hardships. But when he realises that this kid is a prodigy, he wakes up and helps the child realise his dreams. The journey of this character is great. People feel that once you grasp the body language and get the voice modulation correct, it becomes easy to essay a character. But for me, it’s about understanding the character and the situations that he has faced that make him respond in a certain way.
Sharman Joshi and you have worked together before, but this must be a special film for both of you.
Sharman is a very special actor. I believe it’s great when two actors get along, and I have always had a great working relationship with him. After the movie released, we went to the theatres to see the audience’s reactions and we were overwhelmed. It was a moment of brotherhood.
You have always said that you have treated your children like friends…
Yes, my endeavour is to make our relationship as friendly as possible. Once your kids grow up you can’t maintain the relationship you had with them when they were 10 years old. In fact, today I seek their advice. They are the owners of the modern world. We should share our experience and wisdom with them, but at the same time respect the knowledge they have. They are more in tune with the goings-on. Friendship has to be at the core of any father-son relationship today.
When movies like Kahaani and Vicky Donor succeed at the box office, what does that indicate?
We have fixed ideas about what a film should be like. People can sniff a good movie. I noticed this when Khosla Ka Ghosla did well. Vicky Donor and Kahaani succeeded; FKS will also find its niche. But nothing can shock me now because I know that people are keen to watch good movies.
Ferrari Ki Sawaari is produced by Vinod Chopra Films and Eros International.
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