|Boman Irani at the IIFA weekend in Singapore
What would you say is the USP of this film?
Ferrari Ki Sawaari is a film that works at many levels. It is not just a cricket film; it’s an aspirational film about a dysfunctional family that comes together because one of them has a dream. This is a film about parents who believe in giving their children the best opportunities in life no matter how meek or poor they are. The Ferrari represents a dream… a journey. This film is specially for parents who spoil their kids and compensate their involvement in their kids’ life with money. This is a film about a single parent who wants to make his child’s dream of playing at Lord’s come true. The film beautifully captures the fact that if you try really hard for something, the cosmos will make it happen.
You character is a departure from the kind of fathers you have played before.
It is different from what I have done before. It is not my usual comic role. In FKS, I play a bitter man who comes with a lot of frustration and emotional baggage. His pain and grief is beautifully shown in the film. This film won’t be a gag fest, but it will still bring a smile to your face.
This is Sharman Joshi’s first big solo film. Did you at any point feel that he felt the pressure?
I would imagine that he was feeling the pressure but I never saw it and neither did he mention it. If I was in his shoes, I would be pressured. Not just because it’s a solo release but because of the responsibility of carrying a role and film like FKS. It was important for him to nail his character who is meek and confused and I think he’s done it brilliantly.
Did you help him get the nuances of being a Parsi right?
We had discussed his body language and walk. He didn’t do a thick Parsi accent, which I think was a good choice. It would have been distracting. Fortunately for him, he looks quite a bit like a Parsi. His nose is the perfect length! (Laughs.) He did do a lot of look tests. I think Rajesh (Mapuskar, the director) and Sharman were very careful about not going into the goofy space with his character.
You have done quite a few films with Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s production house. Do you find it easier to work with this crew?
Absolutely. We get to hear the story while shooting for the previous film. I have the opportunity to be involved during the scripting and pre-production stage. Normally, I am always walking in and out of the VVC office, so someone pulls me into their meetings and I end up being more creatively involved in not just my character but the whole film. I have a comfort level with everyone so I feel like I can make a suggestion. And, many of them end up being incorporated in the film.
Along with FKS, you have six releases this year. You are, obviously, shooting back-to-back.
I am shooting a lot but it’s not 365 days in the year. I am not required on the set through the whole film.
Do you get enough downtime to spend with your family?
Of course I do. I manage to make time for my family and that is sacrosanct. But, you know, they don’t want me at home all the time! (Laughs.) So, this agreement works out really well. I am at home for the perfect amount of time. Anything more and my wife will throw me out (laughs).
You are one of the most loved and genial actors in the industry…
…Thank you. I try.
So, do you ever get angry?
I do but I try very hard not to lose my temper. It is very rare that I lose my shirt. More than anything, I have realised that anger is not good for my health. What really makes me angry are people with no civic sense or empathy.