Daisy Irani (actress)

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Daisy Irani
Daisy Irani at the audio release of 'Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi'.jpg
Irani in 2012
Born 1950
Occupation Actor
Spouse(s) late K.K. Shukla (1971–his death)

Daisy Irani (born 1952) is a noted Bollywood and Kollywood child actor in the 1950s and 1960s. She is most known for film films like Bandish (1955), Ek Hi Raasta (1956), Naya Daur (1957), Hum Panchhi Ek Dal Ke (1957), Jailor (1958), Qaidi No 911 (1959) and Do Ustad (1959).

Born into a Zoroastrian family, she is the older sister of writer-director Honey Irani.


During the Golden Age (1950s-70s) of Hindi cinema, some child stars had great visibility. The Irani sisters, Daisy and Honey, who generally played young boys with curly hair, became household names.[1] The films that had both fetched the biggest openings. Stories were re-written to include them in the cast or increase their footage in the films, and they were prominently publicized in the promos of their movies. Their most-remembered movies, together or separate, include Bandish, Jagte Raho, Bhai Bhai, Naya Daur, Hum Panchi Ek Dal Ke, Musafir, Sahara, Quedi No. 9211, Duniya Na Mane, Do Ustad, Dhool Ka Phool, Soorat Aur Seerat and Chandi Ki Diwar. Daisy, who was more popular than her younger sister as a child artiste, continued to act after growing up, though not in any significant roles.

She quit films after her marriage in 1971, though in the 1980s, she worked in theatre for a while and also started an acting school. After the death of her husband in early 1990s, she returned to acting; working the comedy TV series, Dekh Bhai Dekh and films like Aastha (1997), Kya Kehna and Shararat (2002).[2]

She appeared in nephew Sajid Khan’s 2010 film Housefull and thereafter in Farah Khan's acting debut film, Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi (2012) directed by Bela Sehgal.[3]

Personal life[edit]

She married screenwriter K.K. Shukla, on January 21, 1971 at age 19, and has three children: Kabir, Varsha and Ritu. She is the maternal aunt to Farhan and Zoya Akhtar (children of Honey) and Sajid and Farah Khan, both children of her other sister Menaka Irani, who married stunt film-maker, Kamran Khan.[4]

She became a member of New Life Fellowship in Mumbai after 1975.[5]


  • Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi
  • Housefull
  • Anjaane: The Unknown
  • San ge hao ren (2005)
  • Shararat (2002)
  • Mujhe Meri Biwi Se Bachaao (2001)
  • Aastha: In the Prison of Spring (1997)
  • Ahankaar (1995)
  • Gomti Ke Kinare (1972)
  • Jwala (1971)
  • Geet (1970)
  • Kati Patang(1970)
  • Pehchan (1970)
  • Talash
  • Ankhen (1968)
  • Nawab Sirazuddaula (1967)
  • Arzoo (1965)
  • Bhai-Bahen (1959)
  • Chirag Kahan Roshni Kahan (1959)
  • Dhool Ka Phool (1959)
  • Do Ustad (1959)
  • Duniya Na Mane (1959)
  • Kangan (1959)
  • Qaidi No. 911 (1959)
  • Vanjikottai Valiban (1958)
  • Raj Tilak (1958)
  • Detective (1958)
  • Jailor (1958)
  • Panchayat (1958)
  • Sahara (1958)
  • Talaaq (1958)
  • Bhabhi (1957)
  • Hum Panchhi Ek Daal Ke (1957)
  • Musafir (1957)
  • Naya Daur (1957)
  • Suvarna Sundari (1957)
  • Bhai-Bhai (1956)
  • Devta (1956)
  • Ek-Hi-Rasta (1956)
  • Jagte Raho (1956)
  • Bandish (1955)
  • Yaar Paiyyan (Tamil) (1955)


  1. ^ Rana A. Siddiqui (May 22, 2003). "Honey Irani... happy and sweet". The Hindu. Retrieved 2013-12-16. 
  2. ^ "Lost and found: Thirty newsmakers from the pages of Indian history and where they are now: Cover Story". India Today. July 3, 2006. Retrieved 2013-12-16. 
  3. ^ "I had five bottles of beer: Daisy Irani - Hindustan Times". June 28, 2012. Retrieved 2013-12-17. 
  4. ^ "‘I told Shah Rukh..". The Telegraph. October 7, 2007. Retrieved 2013-12-17. 
  5. ^ "I knew nothing about Jesus Christ earlier: Daisy Irani Shukla". The Christian Messenger. November 8, 2013. Retrieved 2013-12-17. 

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