Honey Irani

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Honey Irani
Born (1950-01-17) 17 January 1950 (age 64)
Mumbai, India
Occupation screenwriter
Nationality Indian
Subject Love, Philosophy

Honey Irani (born January 17, 1950) is an Indian film actress and screenwriter, who works in Hindi cinema.

Personal life and background[edit]

Honey Irani was born into an Irani, Zoroastrian family on January 17, 1950.

She got married to Javed Akhtar on March 21, 1972, although the marriage ended in divorce.[1] They have two children, one son, Farhan Akhtar and a daughter, Zoya Akhtar,[2] both filmmakers. She is the maternal aunt of choreographer/director Farah Khan and director/host Sajid Khan. Her sister Daisy Irani was a famous child artist of the 50's and 60's.[3]


Honey Irani began her Bollywood career as a child actress with roles in films like Chirag Kahaan Roshni Kahaan and Bombay Ka Chor. She has acted in over 72 films.[4]

After her divorce she started doing embroidery on sarees to support her family. Though she has been writing short stories all this while, she never shared them. Now, she told the story idea of Aaina (1993) to Pam Chopra,wife of Yash Chopra for a TV series, however it was selected by Yash Chopra for a film. Meanwhile, Yash Chopra asked her to develop a story idea, which went on to become her debut as a screenwriter, Lamhe (1991), starring Sridevi. The film was a hit and she won the Filmfare Award for Best Story for the film, and it paved way for a successful career as screenwriter. She won the award again for Kya Kehna in 2002, besides winning Filmfare Award for Best Screenplay with Ravi Kapoor for blockbuster Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai in 2001. [1]

Partial filmography[edit]





  1. ^ a b "‘Shabana and I are not sahelis’". Filmfare. Jul 2, 2012. Retrieved 2013-12-17. 
  2. ^ India-today.com: 'Honey Irani – Sweet Taste of Success'
  3. ^ Rana A. Siddiqui (May 22, 2003). "Honey Irani... happy and sweet". The Hindu. Retrieved 2013-12-16. 
  4. ^ Rediff.com: 'Everyone would be crying. It was great'

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