Boman Irani will essay the role of children’s rights and education advocate, Kailash Satyrathi, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014, in National Award-winning filmmaker Brahmanand Singh’s next, Jhalki.
It’s a film about a little girl looking for her brother who is missing, while working as a child labourer. “I canned my portions in a few days. Kailash Satyarthi is a person every Indian should be proud of. I shot in 47 degrees in Mirzapur. It’s a wonderful realization to go there and understand the problems that people go through in different parts of the country,” said Boman.
Boman recalls, that he barely had any time to prepare before he started shooting for this role but he maintains that portraying a character is not about imitating him. “It’s about understanding his beautiful way with children. He is so fearless while carrying out rescue operations. At the same time, with the kids, he was like a child himself. You take the spirit of the person instead of resorting to mimicry. Watching him with (Pakistani activist) Malala Yousafzai (they were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize together in 2014), seeing them refer to each other like they were a father-daughter duo was humbling,” he concluded.