From Virus of ‘3 Idiots’ to Dr Asthana in ‘Munna Bhai MBBS’, Boman Irani is known for his comic timing and effortless screen presence with amazing dialogue delivery. Stepping into Bollywood in 2003 as a middle-aged actor, he made his own space in the film industry, but in personal life, he is an old school romantic soul.
Married to his wife Zenobia Irani in 1985, the couple tied the knot in a Parsi ceremony and 35 years later, their love just gets deeper with every passing day. In an interview with ‘Humans of Bombay’, Boman Irani revealed his love story with wife Zenobia and well, it is no less than a fairytale. Love at first sight, the actor told that from random chats over the counter in his wafer shop to telephone conversations, he knew that she was the one.
Sharing details about how he asked her to marry him on the first date, Boman revealed that Zenobia had an epic and hilarious response to it even though she accepted his proposal. Proud parents of two kids and grandparents to two as well, Boman also shared sweet memories from life post-marriage.
Calling Zenobia as his anchor and moral compass, Boman stated that Zenobia has always helped him with important life decisions. Even after 35 years of togetherness, their romance is still alive and the actor revealed that the reason is Zenobia’s smile.
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#Repost @officialhumansofbombay with @make_repost ・・・ “It was love at first sight when Zenobia walked into my Wafer Shop. She made my day with just minutes of conversation. Soon, she began visiting everyday & I knew she liked me too–I mean, who needs so many wafers? Across-the-counter chats turned into calls–we’d talk about everything. But during her BSC exams, her dad said, 'If you don't mind, please don't call for a month, she's getting distracted!' It was tough, but it cemented my feelings. Finally, after her exams, we went on our first date. But before we even got the menus, I blurted, ‘I think we should get married!’ Kids these days will think I was bonkers but I didn’t need to ‘figure it out’. I knew she was the one. You know what she said next? ‘Ya, of course. Oh, wait! I forgot my umbrella.’ I’d just proposed & that’s what she said! She thought it was raining when it was just the sound of a Sizzler plate! That night, I knew 2 things: I was going to marry her & I wouldn’t need a TV–we had all the entertainment we needed. Guess I was right–we still joke about that night! On our 1st anniversary, she ‘surprised’ me with a camera–except she used the tips I’d earned at the Taj to buy it! Before we knew it, we had 2 kids–we were eager beavers! But the best part about marriage was that I didn’t have to deal with her 9 PM curfew or her dad waiting like a tiger on the porch. But honestly, for every laugh I get out of her, she’s been my anchor through it all. She took over the Wafer Shop, took care of the family & pushed me to follow my dream of becoming an actor. I’m in the spotlight now, but she’s my moral compass. Once, when I’d quoted a fee for a show, my manager realized their budget was larger. When I asked Zenobia about charging a higher fee, she said, ‘No–you were happy with the 1st price so don't get greedy!’ So I say, she may be bad for business but she’s good for the soul. 2 kids & 2 grandkids later, the humor is going strong. We still play 20 questions every time we travel, a game we played on our honeymoon–but I never let her win! It’s been 35 years of laughing together & that’s the key–seeing her smile is everything… even if it's becau