Aruna Irani

Aruna Irani (born 18 August 1946) is an Indian actress, who has acted in over 500 films throughout Hindi, Kannada, Marathi and Gujarati cinema, playing mostly supporting and character roles. She has won two Filmfare Awards for Best Supporting Actress, for Pet Pyaar Aur Paap (1985) and Beta (1992), and has been nominated for a total of ten awards, holding a record for the most nominations in the category. In January 2012, Irani was honoured with the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award at the 57th Filmfare Awards.

Aruna Irani
Aruna Irani at 18th Lions Annual Gold Awards.jpg
Irani in 2012
Born (1946-08-18) 18 August 1946 (age 75)
OccupationActress, director
Spouse(s)Kuku Kohli
RelativesIndra Kumar (brother)
Adi Irani (brother)
Firoz Irani (brother)
Bindu (cousin)

Early lifeEdit

Aruna Irani was born in Mumbai, India to an Irani father and a Hindu mother. Her father Faredun Irani ran a drama troupe, and her mother Saguna was an actress. She is the eldest of eight siblings, and gave up studies after sixth standard because her family did not have enough money to educate all the children.[1] She claims to have learnt dancing while working in the films because she could not afford professional training from a master.[citation needed] Her brothers Indra Kumar, Adi Irani and Firoz Irani are all associated with the film industry. Actress Bindu is her cousin.


Aruna Irani made her debut in the movie Ganga Jamna (1961) playing Azra's childhood character. She then acted in the movie Anpadh (1962) as Mala Sinha's childhood character. She next did several small roles in films such as Jahanara (1964), Farz (1967), Upkar (1967) and Aaya Sawan Jhoomke (1969). She later acted with comedian Mehmood Ali in films such as Aulad (1968), Humjoli (1970), Devi (1970) and Naya Zamana (1971).

In 1971, she starred in Caravan. She later starred in Mehmood Ali's Bombay To Goa (1972), Garam Masala (1972) and Do Phool (1973). Her films have included Farz (1967), Bobby (1973), Fakira (1976), Sargam (1979), Red Rose (1980), Love Story (1981), and Rocky (1981).[2]

She won her first Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award for Pet Pyaar Aur Paap (1984).[3]

In the late 1980s and 1990s Irani switched to playing motherly roles, notably in Beta (1992), for which she won her second Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award.[4] She acted in the Kannada remake of the same film with the same role. Some of her Marathi films are Aandhla Marto Dola, Bhingari, Changu Mangu, Lapwa Chapvi, Ek Gadi Baki Anadi, Mitwaa and Bol Baby Bol.

In her later career, Irani also switched to television, performing character roles in various serials. She also took up direction and production of tele-serials such as Mehndi Tere Naam Ki, Des Mein Niklla Hoga Chand, Rabba Ishq Na Hove, Vaidehi and more.[5]

On 19 February 2012, she was awarded the 'Lifetime Achievement Award' at the annual Filmfare awards function in Mumbai.[6]

Personal lifeEdit

She is married to Bollywood film director Kuku Kohli.

Selected filmographyEdit

Television showsEdit

Year Show Character Notes
1995-1997 Zamana Badal Gaya Veena Main Lead
2001-2005 Des Mein Niklla Hoga Chand Teji Also as a Producer under AK Films
2000-2002 Mehndi Tere Naam Ki Sharda Malik
2003-2005 Tum Bin Jaaoon Kahaan Shalini
2005-2006 Zameen Se Aassman Tak Balraj's Mother
2005-2006 Rabba Ishq Na Hove Veera's Mother
2006 Vaidehi Sita
2006-2007 Kahaani Ghar Ghar Ki Narayani Devi Balaji Telefilms
2007 Maayka Durga Khuranna
2007-2009 Babul Ki Bitiya Chali Doli Saja Ke Dadima Also as a Producer under AK Films
2007-2009 Naaginn Maasa/ Triveni
2008 Saas v/s Bahu Judge
2009-2011 Jhansi Ki Rani Vahini Sahiba
2010-2011 Sanjog Se Bani Sangini Rajrani
2011-2012 Dekha Ek Khwaab Rajmata Mrinalini Devi Lead
2011-2012 Main Lakshmi Tere Aangan Ki Sharda Agnihotri
2012 Parichay — Nayee Zindagi Kay Sapno Ka Sulekha Diwan
2013–2014 Sanskaar - Dharohar Apno Ki Ansuya Vaishnav
2015-2016 Bhagyalakshmi Vasundhara Prajapati [7]
2015 Uzalo Producer of AK Films Producer
2016 Saubhagyalakshmi Vasundhara Prajapati
2018 Porus The Oracle
2018-2019 Dastaan-E-Mohabbat Salim Anarkali Hamida Banu Begum (Mariam Makani)
2019 Dil Toh Happy Hai Ji Mrs Khosla
2019 The Kapil Sharma Show Herself
2019 Yeh Un Dinon Ki Baat Hai Herself [8]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Film Category Result
1972 Filmfare Awards Caravan Best Supporting Actress Nominated
1974 Bobby Nominated
1976 Do Jhoot Nominated
1978 Khoon Pasina Nominated
1982 Rocky Nominated
1985 Pet Pyaar Aur Paap Won
1993 Beta Won
1995 Suhaag Nominated
1996 Kartavya Nominated
1998 Ghulam-E-Mustafa Nominated
2012 Lifetime Achievement Award N/A Won
1993 Bengal Film Journalists' Association Awards Beta Best Supporting Actress (Hindi) Won
Year Award Show Category Result
2003 Indian Telly Awards Des Mein Niklla Hoga Chand Best Weekly Show Won[a]
Best Programme of the Year Won
Best Director Won[b]
2004 Best Actress in a Supporting Role Nominated
2006 Vaidehi Nominated
2007 Maayka Best Actress in a Negative Role Nominated
2008 Gold Awards Naaginn Best Actress in a Supporting Role Won


  1. ^ Tied with Sanjivani.
  2. ^ Tied with Sourabh Narang for Haqeeqat.


  1. ^ Meera Joshi (3 September 2013). "Mehmood & I never married - Aroona Irani". Filmfare. Archived from the original on 30 April 2018. Retrieved 27 January 2016.
  2. ^ "Exclusive biography of #ArunaIrani and on her life". FilmiBeat. Archived from the original on 24 March 2017. Retrieved 14 April 2020.
  3. ^ "Filmfare Awards: Aruna Irani wins the Lifetime Achievement Award". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 3 March 2018. Retrieved 5 July 2016.
  4. ^ "5 lesser known facts about Aruna Irani | Tata Sky Blog Buster". Tata Sky Blogbuster. 17 August 2018. Archived from the original on 12 October 2020. Retrieved 14 April 2020.
  5. ^ "'An actor should consider no role small or big': Aruna Irani". The Indian Express. Archived from the original on 17 April 2019. Retrieved 5 July 2016.
  6. ^ "Aruna Irani on winning the Lifetime Achievement Award". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 22 July 2016. Retrieved 5 July 2016.
  7. ^ Coutinho, Natasha (30 November 2015). "I respect acting as a craft: Aruna Irani". The Asian Age. Archived from the original on 5 September 2019. Retrieved 5 September 2019.
  8. ^ "Aruna Irani to enter Yeh Un Dinon Ki Baat Hai, to play an important role in Sameer and Naina's life". India Today. Archived from the original on 5 September 2019. Retrieved 5 September 2019.

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