Aruna Irani

Aruna Irani

Born (1946-08-18) 18 August 1946
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Occupation Actress, director

Aruna Irani (born 18 August 1946) is an Indian actress, who has acted in over 300 films in Hindi, 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 nomination at Filmfare Awards for Best Supporting Role. She holds the record for winning the maximum 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.

Early life

Aruna Irani was born on 18 August 1946 in Mumbai, India. Her father Faredun Irani ran a drama troupe, and her mother Saguna was an actress. She is 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]


Irani made her debut in the movie Ganga Jamuna (1961) at nine years old playing childhood Azra's character. Then she acted in movie Anpadh (1962) as childhood Mala Sinha's character. After doing several small roles in films like Jahanara (1964), Farz (1967), Upkar (1967) and Aaya Sawan Jhoomke (1969). She later acted with comedian Mehmood Ali in films like Aulad (1968), Humjoli (1970), Devi (1970) and Naya Zamana (1971).

In 1971, she starred in Caravan. She latered 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 and the same role. Some of her Marathi films are Aandhla Marto Dola, Bhingari, Changu Mangu, Lapwa Chapvi, Ek Gadi Baki Anadi and Bol Baby Bol.

In her later career, Irani also switched to television performing character roles in various serials. She also took up to direction and production of tele-serials like 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]


Television shows

Year Show Character Channel Notes
2000 Zamana Badal Gaya DD Metro Also as a Producer under AK Films
2001-2005 Des Mein Niklla Hoga Chand Teji Star Plus Also as a Director and
Producer under AK Films
2002 Mehndi Tere Naam Ki Sharda Malik Zee TV Also as a Producer under AK Films
2003-2005 Tum Bin Jaaoon Kahaan Shalini Zee TV Also as a Producer under AK Films
2005-2006 Zameen Se Aassman Tak Balraj's Mother Sahara One Also as a Producer under AK Films
2006 Vaidehi Sita Sony TV Also as a Producer under AK Films
2005-2006 Rabba Ishq Na Hove Veera's Mother Zee TV Also as a Producer under AK Films
2006-2007 Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii Narayani Devi Star Plus Supporting Cast
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 Also as a Producer under AK Films
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 Bhagyalaxmi Vasundhara Prajapati & TV Supporting Cast
2016 SauBhagyalaxmi Vasundhara Prajapati & TV Supporting Cast
Second season of show Bhagyalaxmi



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