Long before Bollywood discovered actor Boman Irani, he was just a regular film fan and even stood in line in the middle of the night to see Sanjay Dutt and Pooja Bhatt shoot for 1991 film Sadak.
Boman, 53, who is here to host the debut Times of India
Film Awards (TOIFA), says he has realized the fan frenzy only
after becoming an actor.
The Jolly LLB star was touched to see fans standing
outside his hotel in the rainy and cold Canadian weather to
get a glimpse of Bollywood stars.
"I like the cold, I don't have problem with cold and I
don't have problem with rain either as long as people are
smiling. You know, early in my career, I used to wonder about
this fan frenzy but now I realize that there is genuine love,
respect and affection which makes me very proud to be an
"Sometime you go out and you wonder why these people are
standing in the rain and then you realize that years ago you
were a fan too. I too was chased by cops for watching my
favourite celebrities," Boman told PTI on the sidelines of
When asked about the celebrities he waited for as a fan,
Boman revealed that it was none other than his Munnabhai
co-star Sanjay Dutt.
"I used to follow celebrities and I remember I watched
Sanjay Dutt and Pooja Bhatt shooting for Sadak. I was
standing on the road at three in the night but little did I
know that I would be making a film with Sanjay at some point
in my career," Boman said.
The actor, who has hosted many award shows in past, is
teaming up with the new talent of Bollywood - Ranbir Kapoor
and Anushka Sharma - to host his first TOIFA and he hopes to
entertain the fans in Vancouver, which has a huge Indian
"We do our best as actors and I think in these award shows
fans want you to enjoy. They don't like it if you don't enjoy.
A city is made by its people and here I can feel the love that
they have for us. They want to have a good time," he said.
Boman believes it was one of the best years of cinema in
Bollywood with women taking centre stage.
"Earlier, it was largely male-dominated but Vidya (Balan)
has changed a lot of things with Kahaani and The Dirty
Picture. It has been really a very interesting year for