Boman Irani, who is playing an unscrupulous lawyer in upcoming courtroom drama ‘Jolly LLB’, says that the film shows the bizarre reality of the country’s judiciary, which is shocking yet funny.
“What you see is so bizarre and inherently satirical, that it is funny. It’s a very real film, but the reality makes you laugh. The film is a serious subject — but when you see how a courtroom is conducted, you wonder how any justice can emanate from that,” says Boman.
The film has been directed by Subhash Kapoor. “The film will change people’s perspectives about what happens inside a court. Subhash has done first-hand research for the film, making it a general observation of the judiciary,” he adds. In the movie, Boman is shown as one of the top lawyers of the country, while Arshad Warsi is the underdog who dares to stand up to this powerful man. “My character has grey shades. He is unscrupulous, powerful and brilliant. Arshad’s character locks horns with mine, making it a David vs Goliath kind of a confrontation,” explains Boman.
This is the fourth film Boman has done with Arshad, after the two ‘Munnabhai’ films and ‘Hum Tum Aur Ghost’. But the two have known each other for a long time, even before Boman stepped into films.
“We go back pretty long. He was the choreographer of my debut play, Roshni. We share the same sense of humour. At that point, he had asked me to take up films, but I was not interested. Incidentally, 10 years later, he was a part of my debut film ‘Munnabhai MBBS,” he says.
Boman began his acting career on stage, and says he would return to theatre one day for sure.
“Every actor worth his salt does go back to the stage at some point. I have had a very young career in films, it’s not even been ten years. I am enjoying this chapter of my life. There will be a time when I will go back to the stage,” he says.
Other than Peekay and Happy New Year’, Boman has also signed a Telugu film, his first down South. “I liked what they offered me. It is a nice space to explore and a refreshing change. They approached me quite a few times and I said ‘Why not?’. Cinema is cinema, whatever language it may be in,” he states.