How was it getting romantic with Farah Khan?
To romance Farah it was a little different. I genuinely love her because there's no hidden agenda in her tone. She is always telling the truth. In fact with me she's extra loved.
When did you meet Farah first?
I was shooting stills for a movie starring Sunny Deol and Simran of south. I was a still photographer and Farah was a choreographer. She was introduced to me and she told me that she is making a film and she asked m to find her a Parsi character. She didn't know I came from a theatre background and I was an actor. I didn't tell her about my background but I sent a whole lot of Parsi actors to meet her. She didn't like any one. She came to know that I am an actor. She came to me and said why you didn't tell me you are an actor. This was just before the chat show Next Talk. I went to meet her at her house when she was staying with Sajid Khan. She sat and narrated the story. I think she is the only commercial woman director. I started respecting after seeing a woman in a man's world completely dominating others. She's very straightforward. She signed me for her film Om Shanti Om. I never give reasons for forthrightness. I didn't know she was making such a huge film until I met Shah Rukh Khan at Darjeeling.
What was the brief given to you by Bela?
It was very clean cut. I wanted to be 50 years old and Bela wanted me to be a forty year old who has never shared two seconds with ay woman. I am uncomfortable with women around. The only woman I have ever known in my life is my mother. My mother in the film vetoes every girl I come across. I am a bra and panty salesman. He is not a loser but people reject him because of his job.
You have played a salesman in this film. You owned a shop earlier did your experience help you with the role?
As a shopkeeper I had great sense of observation. I would sit on one spot and observe all my customers. Yes it did help me in many ways. I used that power of observation in my acting. I spoke with Naseeruddin Shah and told him that I missed acting school. He said Boman your shop was your acting school what more do you want.
Do you think the audience will enjoy such a film?
I think I am a little softer in telling the truth but I can never fake it. I will always say that we have done our best it's for them to decide. We have worked hard and tried our best to make a good film. We enjoyed working on it. But at times honesty can be detrimental.
Do you feel honesty is detrimental in the long run too?
It can be detrimental in the short run but not in the long run. I have seen the film and it's genuine. There's a lot of comfort from spoken to situation, slapstick and sadness. It's a light fun loving film. Like I said we have worked hard and made an honest effort so in the long run this will works for us.
What is your take on love at this age?
I don't know about love but I always feel there is no expiry date for love. We found what the film is standing for. There are many in this that fall in love at this age. The film is beautiful in its approach. Love can be described in many ways at different ages. From 20 to 40 it's different you are brash and heady. After the age of 40 lovers are far clumsier. Like my character in this film doesn't know how to hug her. He under does it or overdoes it. Itís more innocent than teenage love.
Has your love grown over the years for your wife?
I get naughtier with my wife every day. Of course it has grown over the years.
How was it working with Farah as an actress?
When you are making your first film that passion would rub off. We would argue everyday yet at the same time we would have wonderful discussions. She is debuting pretty late in life and you have to treat her like a child. She is a good actress and we have to nurture her. She is a wonderful director and actor. She would often say please guide me. She was so humble to learn and was very open to ideas.
Is it easier to work with co-stars with whom you share a great rapport?
Yes it makes a lot of different. If I don't have a rapport I cannot work with a star. There's proximity and no barriers. It will be difficult for me to work with someone I don't respect.
How was it working with a woman director?
Oh wonderful. All women directors I have worked with bring a certain sensitivity. They are dominating but I like such women. This is not the first time that I have worked with a woman director. I have worked with twenty two directors and six debutant female directors. There's Bela Sehgal, Sooni Taraporewala, Ruchi Narain, Farah Khan, Reema Kagti and Zoya Akhtar.
What do you think of our cinema. Do you think it has come of age?
I can't really comment on it. I have to see a lot and explore a lot as an actor. I cherish new age cinema but at the same time I love our commercial cinema. Sadly it has yet to make a universal impact. There are directors in the west who are taking away our songs and dances and I don't want the Indian exotica to be sold. We have to assert ourselves in the world cinema. We are too comfortable in our space. People say we should remake this film or that film. Why remake when we have so much talent. We should improve the writing in our country it will work better for our cinema.
Will you ever take up direction?
I will direct a film but it will take me time to have belief in my subject. I want to do it but my acting career is not going too badly. My family is taken care of now. I am still contemplating it.
What about turning producer?
No, I don't think I will ever turn a producer.
Did you ever imagine that you would be a successful actor some day?
There's different being successful and well known. I thought I'll be successful in what I do but never knew I will be famous. I feel proud that people appreciate my work. Respect was something that I always got.