'Creative freedom is being throttled' : Boman Irani
Boman Irani is one of those few unconventional actors Bollywood has ever got. TWF correspondent Sreya Basu in conversation with the actor in Mumbai.
Your film Jolly LLB is releasing on March 15. What are your expectations?
I have got a wonderful response to the promos already on air. I personally believe it is a film that will make a difference because it talks about the judicial system of our country in a sweet and funny way.
What are your future projects?
I have started shooting for Peekay, it's a Raju Hirani film. It has Aamir Khan, Sanjay Dutt and Anushka (Sharma). In a few months, we will start shooting for Farah Khan's Happy New Year, which has Shah Rukh Khan and Abhishek (Bachchan).
Are you doing a Telugu film?
Yes, I am doing a Telugu film. I have just signed it. Pawan Kalyan is the hero. I always wanted to do a film outside Mumbai (Bollywood) and see how it feels like. So I am very proud and excited about it. We haven't started shooting yet, so at the moment I can't divulge more details.
These days more and more actors are becoming vocal on social causes. How much difference do you think an actor can make to the society?
We are actors and ideally we are expected to work at sets and then head for home. But I believe the actor's job doesn't end there. We get so much love and support from the people that it becomes our responsibility to do something for them in return. It's the duty of an actor to promote a good cause since we have the power of getting heard. Today, all cameras pan on us and hence people listen to what we say. It's very important for us to speak on these issues.
Even you were recently seen supporting education for children in rural areas.
Yes, whenever I hear about education and empowerment in rural areas of our country, I think it is probably the most important aspect of the work we are supposed to do. We are living here in cities, living a fancy life; but we must remember that we can't make progress in cities unless and until the entire country, including the rural areas, moves forward along with us. And let's not forget that these children are our countrymen. So they should receive proper education to get empowered.
Being one of the busiest actors of Bollywood, what is that one thing that you miss these days?
As you all know, I was a professional photographer and did photography for 12 years. But when I joined films, the camera literally slipped off my hands. Now again I am trying to revive my relationship with the camera. I have again started clicking pictures but I have lost the level of photography I used to practice.
These days, every other film is getting trapped in a controversy. Do you think we are losing out on terms like 'freedom of expression' and 'creative freedom'?
I believe anyone in this country can create a controversy if he wants with any film, however well-made it is. It is a very sad thing. Unfortunately, the film industry has become a soft target these days. It saddens me that the creative freedom is being throttled. There are so many other things we have to throttle and tackle in this country. --IBNS