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Aruna Irani (born 18 August 1946) is an Indian actress who has acted in over 300 films in Hindi, Kannada, Marathi and Gujarati cinema, mostly playing supporting and character roles. She has danced in the songs Thoda Resham Lagta Hai from the film Jyoti (1981), Chadti Jawani Meri Chaal Mastani, Dilbar Dilse Pyare, and Ab Jo Mile Hai from the film Caravan (1971); and "Main shayar to nahi" from the film Bobby (1973). Her performances won her a nomination at Filmfare Awards for Best Supporting Role. She holds the record for winning the most nominations (10), in this category, and received the award twice for her roles in Pet Pyaar Aur Paap (1985) and Beta (1993). In January 2012, she was honoured with Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award at the 57th Filmfare Awards.

Aruna Irani
Aruna Irani at 18th Lions Annual Gold Awards.jpg
Irani at 18th Lions Annual Gold Awards
Born (1946-08-18) 18 August 1946 (age 73)
OccupationActress, director
Spouse(s)Kuku Kohli
Relatives2 sisters & 5 brothers including
Indra Kumar (Brother)
Adi Irani (Brother)
Firoz Irani (Brother)


Early lifeEdit

Aruna Irani was born on 18 August 1946 in Mumbai, India to a family of Parsi decent. 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]


Irani made her debut in the movie Ganga Jamuna (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).

She won her first Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award for Pet Pyaar Aur Paap (1984).[2]

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. 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.[3]

On 19 February 2012, she was awarded the 'Lifetime Achievement Award' at the annual Filmfare awards function in Mumbai.[4]

Personal lifeEdit

She is married to Bollywood film director Kuku Kohli.


Television showsEdit

Year Show Character Channel Notes
1995-1997 Zamana Badal Gaya Veena DD Metro Main Lead
2001-2005 Des Mein Niklla Hoga Chand Teji Star Plus Also as a Producer under AK Films
2002 Mehndi Tere Naam Ki Sharda Malik Zee TV
2003-2005 Tum Bin Jaaoon Kahaan Shalini Zee TV
2005-2006 Zameen Se Aassman Tak Balraj's Mother Sahara One
2006 Vaidehi Sita Sony TV
2005-2006 Rabba Ishq Na Hove Veera's Mother Zee TV
2006-2007 Kahaani Ghar Ghar Ki Narayani Devi Star Plus Balaji Telefilms
2007 "Maayka" Durga Khuranna Zee TV
2007-2009 Babul Ki Bitiya Chali Doli Saja Ke Dadima Sahara One Also as a Producer under AK Films
2007-2009 Naaginn Maasa/ Triveni Zee TV
2007 Maayka
2008 Saas v/s Bahu Judge Sahara One Judge
2009-2011 Jhansi Ki Rani Vahini Sahiba Zee TV Supporting Cast
2010-2011 Sanjog Se Bani Sangini Rajrani Zee TV Supporting Cast
2011-2012 Dekha Ek Khwaab Rajmata Mrinalini Devi Sony TV Lead
2011-2012 Main Lakshmi Tere Aangan Ki Sharda Agnihotri Life OK Supporting
2012 Parichay — Nayee Zindagi Kay Sapno Ka Sulekha Diwan Colors TV Supporting Cast
2013–2014 Sanskaar - Dharohar Apno Ki Ansuya Vaishnav Colors TV Supporting Cast
2015-2016 Bhagyalaxmi Vasundhara Prajapati & TV Supporting Cast
2015 Uzalo Producer of AK Films SABC 1 Producer
2016 SauBhagyalaxmi Vasundhara Prajapati & TV Supporting Cast
Second season of show Bhagyalaxmi
2018 Porus The Oracle Sony Entertainment Television Supporting Cast
2018-2019 Dastaan-E-Mohabbat Salim Anarkali Hamida Banu Begum (Mariam Makani) Colors TV Supporting Cast
2019 Dil Toh Happy Hai Ji Mrs Khosla StarPlus Supporting Cast
2019 Yeh Un Dinon Ki Baat Hai Aruna Irani Sony Entertainment Television Supporting Cast



  1. ^ Meera Joshi (3 September 2013). "Mehmood & I never married - Aroona Irani". Filmfare.
  2. ^ "Filmfare Awards: Aruna Irani wins the Lifetime Achievement Award". The Times of India. Retrieved 5 July 2016.
  3. ^ "'An actor should consider no role small or big': Aruna Irani". The Indian Express. Retrieved 5 July 2016.
  4. ^ "Aruna Irani on winning the Lifetime Achievement Award". The Times of India. Retrieved 5 July 2016.

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