From Boman to Jim Sarbh: Parsi celebrities in Bollywood who have carved a niche for themselves
On the occasion of Nowruz, let’s take a look at a few popular Parsi celebrities who have made their mark in Bollywood
Parsi celebrities in Bollywood
Nauroz is the Parsi New Year. Bollywood has seen a number of Parsi characters make their way into films across genres. Although the industry is guilty of stereotypical depictions of the community at times, actors like Daisy Irani and Kurush Deboo have put up excellent performances as Parsi characters. Actors like Boman Irani, Jim Sarbh and Aruna Irani have made a niche for themselves essaying roles of Parsi characters. On the occasion of Nowruz, let’s take a look at these Parsi Bollywood celebrities we bet you didn’t know about.
One of the most popular Bollywood celebrities in India, Boman started his career as a professional photographer, and later switched to acting. The versatile actor has a number of Bollywood classics to his name such as Munna Bhai, 3 Idiots and many more, despite taking up acting a little late in his life.
Daisy Irani is popular for playing the stereotypical Parsi character in Bollywood films. She has shared her screen with Boman Irani many times. She was last seen in Happy New Year alongside Boman as his mother.
Kurush Deboo is another actor known for playing the stereotypical portrayal of Parsis in Bollywood. His acting prowess has been limited, but he has managed to leave a mark in the audience’s mind with some of his characters.
Quite popular on television, Aruna has been part of many Bollywood films like Beta, Bombay to Goa, Bobby and Caravan. She has worked in more than 500 films including Hindi, Marathi, Kannada, and Gujarati languages.
Jim got his breakthrough in Bollywood after his portrayal of a ruthless terrorist in the movie Neerja. Since then, he has bagged many interesting roles. From Neerja to Sanju, Jim while being a supporting cast member, showcased his acting prowess despite his limited screen time. He has been part of the web series Smoke, Made In Heaven and Flip among others.
A multifaceted personality who is into acting, production and modeling, Aftab Shivdasani is another actor from the Parsi community who made it big in Bollywood. He has been part of many iconic Bollywood films like the Masti series, Kusoor, Hunagama and Mast among others.
Last Updated: 02.42 PM, Aug 17, 2022