Here’s why Boman Irani’s ‘Spiral Bound’ is unique writing workshop


New Delhi, (UNI) An actor for all seasons, Boman Irani rings in his 63rd birthday on Friday.

And while he’s universally loved for his unforgettable roles in films like ‘Munna Bhai M.B.B.S’, ‘3 Idiots’ and the recent ‘Uunchai’, Irani is also a mentor and guide to hundreds of aspiring writers through his one-of-its-kind writing workshop Spiral Bound.

Launched in the middle of the pandemic two years ago, Spiral Bound emerged out of Irani’s desire to simplify the art of screenwriting for learners of all ages. The multi-faceted photographer-turned-actor draws on his years of experience to offer gentle but thorough advice on storytelling, character development, Act division and plot creation. He has conducted over 500 online sessions that are free of charge and open-to-all.

The first workshop of Spiral Bound was conducted by Oscar-winning screenwriter Alexander Dinelaris (Birdman). Since then, esteemed directors like Rajkumar Hirani, Shakun Batra, Ram Madhvani and celebrated playwright Anosh Irani have been guest speakers on Spiral Bound.

Forging a fun rapport with his students and encouraging a freewheeling exchange of ideas, Irani shoulders 99 percent of the sessions of Spiral Bound. His calm, erudite presence and practical insights are a big draw among budding screenwriters looking to take the next step.

In a disruptive entertainment landscape, Spiral Bound offers timely and useful guidance for future storytellers. The programme also helps amateur writers connect with professionals to see their cinematic ideas to fruition. In fact, a number of scripts mentored by Irani have generated significant industry interest. The initiative has drawn praise from all quarters and continues to grow in size and dimension each year.

To celebrate Irani's birthday, 150 Bounders are hosting a special Spiral Bound party today where they'll recite poetry and recall their best memories of learning from their mentor.